"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" I came across the quote from Stephen Levine in Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Stephen’s questions were fantastic and made me think about other questions we should ask ourselves.
Here are ten questions to ask yourself. Questions to help you be a better person, focus on what’s important and evaluate what you're doing:
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My teenage students worked on a project to help SEPTA (our area’s public transit) solve a business problem. For many of my students presenting their solutions to SEPTA was the first time the students had presented to an audience outside of our class.
When we presented to SEPTA one of my students was extremely nervous and flustered. He said, “I’m sorry, I’m really nervous.”
A SEPTA executive responded: “Please don’t apologize. You’re nervous because you care. Thank you for caring.”
What a great thing to say. This broke the tension and helped my student relax.
I look forward to using that line.
Thanks for the Act of Kindness towards my student!
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Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes.
I originally compiled this list of famous failures for my entrepreneurship class. The class curriculum consists of each student starting a businesses. These famous failures were meant to give the class some comfort about failures related to their businesses and the challenges they faced as teenagers.
I hope you also find these famous failures helpful.
When he ...
Stephen Campbell’s grandmother was a wheelchair user. Stephen noticed that people in wheelchairs often back their wheelchairs into things causing embarrassment and damage. Plus, if you have a back injury, backing into something can be excruciating.
Stephen asked, “If cars can have backup notification systems, why can’t wheelchairs?”
Stephen and his business partners (Miranda Keeler, Aaron Seidman, Deepak Iyer and Kate Evanko) decided to do more than just ask the question.
The Sensei’s team — Kate Evanko, Aaron Seidman, Stephen Campbell, Deepak Iyer and Miranda Keeler.
The high school entrepreneurs studied the problem by conducing ...
I met some inspiring teens at the Schoolyard Ventures expo for teen entrepreneurs.
These teen entrepreneurs have lessons for all of us:
If you see a problem fix it:
Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!
Cody Wax suffered from stomach problems for years until doctors figured out that he had gluten intolerance.
Although Cody was ecstatic that changing his diet eliminated his stomach problems, he was a little disappointed in the lack of tasty gluten free desserts. Instead of simply complaining, Cody decided to make his own desserts.
Cody and his classmate ...
As it’s now college graduation season, it’s a good time for us to remember those who came before us — like Elizabeth Blackwell. . . .
Elizabeth Blackwell was determined to go to medical school.
She consulted with some family friends who were physicians. They advised her to give up – women couldn’t become doctors back then.
Elizabeth Blackwell didn’t give up.
She got a job, worked hard and saved enough money for school. She applied to medical school, and received rejections from all 29 colleges to which she applied.
Blackwell visited the schools in ...
Our neighbors noticed that we had a lot going on and could use a distraction.
So our neighbors put this bag in our mailbox.
A small act of kindness (like a little gift) at the time you need it can make a huge difference. And, our neighbor’s gesture did make a huge difference.
Simple and appreciated!
An act of kindness I’ll definitely copy to use for someone else.
Want ideas for your own acts of kindness? Here are 80 fantastic, random acts of kindness you can do to make someone’s day.
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“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve,” Martin Luther King, Jr. said. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
As King said, “everybody can be great.”We should never doubt that one person, following her heart and willing to make a difference can make a difference. And, often it’s the simple things and the small things that we do in our everyday lives that