Mindset – The New Psychology of Success

There are two basic mindsets:

  1. Fixed Mindset – There is not a lot you can do to change your abilities or intelligence.  Either you have a natural ability to do something our you don’t have that ability.
  2. Growth Mindset – There are some things that are easy for you and other things that are hard.  However, you can grow in your abilities and knowledge through hard work and persistence.

The book teaches you how to develop a growth mindset and use it to improve your life.

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Death of a Sibling

The death of my brother (Aaron Thaler) was devastating.

I was a few weeks shy of 3 years old when Aaron was born, so he was a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

My father was in the Army and we grew up overseas.  I didn’t really get to know my extended family until I was a teenager and I never had the same friend for more than a couple of years.

That made my relationship with Aaron even more special.  He was that one person I was able to play with and fight with, all throughout my childhood years.  He was my only consistent friend.

We had our ups and downs together.  Many battles were fought and a lot of blood was spilt.  However, no grudges were held.  After a few days, we would laugh about the last fight as if it was all a game.

Aaron died suddenly and I spent the first month in a state of shock.  Eventually the reality hit me and I went into a deep state of depression.

I will always miss my brother.

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The World Needs More Hugs

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.   (Bil Keane)

That’s what people do who love you.  They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not lovable.  (Deb Caletti)

I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.  (Ann Hood)

Hugs can do great amounts of good especially for children.  (Princess Diana)

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Unconditional Forgiveness

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I enjoyed reading this book.  Here are a few of the things I learned.

  • Forgiveness is not a feeling.  Forgiveness is a choice to end the cycle of revenge and leave justice in the hands of God.
  • Forgiveness seems to have the capacity to alter suffering from something that is purely destructive to something that has profound redemptive qualities.
  • Unforgiveness has a devastating way of eliminating new possibilities.  Everything remains chained to the past, and the suffered injustice becomes the single informing event in the life of the embittered soul.
  • The way of forgives does not forget the past, but through truth and reconciliation it finds a way beyond toxic memory.  It is the way of restorative justice.

The Survivors Club – Book Review

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Ben Sherwood conducted research on how some people mange to survive traumatic events that have a high rate of fatality.

He interviewed survivors, talked to doctors, and other researchers and then he complied his findings in a book titled The Survivors Club.  He also explains how people can improve their chances of survival during a crisis event.

I thought it was an interesting book.

 

Be Dedicated

If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner.  The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.  (Bear Bryant)

With hard work and dedication, anything is possible.  (Timothy Weah)

When you see validation for a life’s work and dedication, it’s a beautiful day.  (Mary Gauthier)

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