Character

More Important to Teach Principles than Facts

This week I read The Leader in Me, Stephen Covey’s new book about teaching the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to elementary school students. Schools in North Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Guatemala, Singapore, and elsewhere have successfully incorporated 7 Habits into their curriculum. As an outsider to education, what most interested me were the chapter …

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You’re Already in the Best of All Possible Situations

Last month I finished reading Bonds That Make Us Free by Terry Warner. Though I found it repetitive in some spots, overall I liked it. My favorite concept from the book was that you are currently in the “Best of All Possible Situations.” This idea might be traced to Søren Kierkegaard’s parable of The Two …

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Lesser Things

I recently read similar passages from two very different books. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, chapter 5, “The End of Time Management”: Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not) in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard …

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Steadiness in small things has great consequences

I’m impressed by the idea that the steady pursuit of small things can have great consequences. Rudy Giuliani noted that crime in New York City decreased when they began enforcing the “petty” crimes: “If you want to change big things, you pay attention to small things.” (Via 37Signals.com.) The Book of Mormon prophet Alma similarly …

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