During his senior year in high school, Dante Wilson started living in Covenant House
, a Philadelphia shelter for homeless youth.
One day Colleen Landy, who was Program Director of the shelter, told Dante that he was going to meet with an area CEO coming to interview potential employees.
Colleen had called Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys
, a Philadelphia-based hospitality company with 30 locations. Colleen asked Nick to get involved with the homeless shelter. She wanted to give young people an opportunity to mainstream, get jobs and have real lives outside the shelter.
Until recently, I had no idea that you could fairly easily teach your brain to be happier. As most of us could have guessed, researchers have found that positivity (having a positive outlook) makes us happier. I didn’t know that positivity is also proven to make people more successful.
Luckily for us, there are simple, proven ways researchers have found for us (even pessimists) to be happier by training our brains to think more positively.
Let’s start with a quick exercise . . .
Do one quick scan of the room you’re in and ...
“When a kid is in the hospital or homeless shelter and has a teddy bear — something special to hold onto and sleep with — it makes the experience calmer,” Nicole Javorsky said. “A lot of kids in hospitals or homeless shelters don’t have people who would give them a teddy bear, and we want to let these kids know that someone cares. We want to provide support for whatever they’re going through,”
Nicole started hand-making teddy bears and distributing them to kids after she experienced the impact of such a gift. At 14-years-old Nicole ...
At our first Little League practice (this week) we asked our team of 7-8 year olds if they knew the 5 fundamentals of baseball. They enthusiastically raised their hands and told us:
1) Have fun
2) Try your hardest
3) Don’t get upset if you lose
4) Be kind
. . . and things like that.
Being silly coaches, we were expecting
Even after taking hours of Little League baseball coach training, we learned the most about baseball from our kids!
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Seer Interactive has a display of thank you cards in their lobby. Any employee or visitor can take a card and a postage stamp. As founder Wil Reynolds said when he was giving my class a tour of his office, “We want everyone to be able to send a thank you note anytime. If your grandma did something for you, your parent or a client or co-worker – pick up a note and send that card.”
Putting up a rack of cards, doesn’t create a workplace culture of kindness on its own, `but it’s a great idea.
Speaking of thank yous…
Wil spent 1.5 hours giving my students advice. My students also got to interact with hiring managers and the company President. As one of the fastest growing companies in the country, time is tight at Seer.
Yet, before I could even thank Wil for his time, he thanked me for giving him a chance to give back.
Thank you, Wil!
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Big Brother of the Century, Tom McElvogue, with four of the kids he mentored and their families. The inspirational executive and father always makes time to make a difference.
Big Brother of the Century award winner, Tom McElvogue, has been a mentor to many kids over the years. Even as a busy executive and father, he has always had time to make a difference as a mentor.
Here’s a great anecdote that Tom shared when he received his Big Brother of the Century award from our local Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring organization. The mentoring ...
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In 2004, Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who’d just returned from Iraq. As in, that day.
While the Marine was serving, his wife had been laid off, and upon returning home, he discovered his wife and small children were living without electricity. Hoping to make the $100 to get their electricity turned back on, the soldier was wondering if the Bairds had any jobs around the house he could do to earn the cash.
Mark and Tori offered the Marine $100. He refused to ...
As you saw in the incredible video above, teacher Chris Ulmer begins every class with compliments for each student.
Ulmer, a special education teacher, has had the same class for three years. In Ulmer’s first year, every day had a theme like “Monday Funday” and “Toast Tuesday.”
Ulmer noticed his kids were always more motivated, happier and better behaved on Toast Tuesdays (when class began with compliments), so he decided every day would start with affirmations for each student. The incorporation of 10 minutes of daily affirmations contributed to significant growth in his class. Students' confidence and self-worth have skyrocketed, some students have begun looking Ulmer in the eye, and students have started complimenting each other regularly.
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 ...
Holiday season tends to be a busy time for most people. It’s also a time when we’re inspired to give back. With that in mind here’s how you can make a real difference with these ten simple good deeds for the holiday season…
- Think of the amazing people in your life. Take an hour to write those people a letter telling them why they’re awesome.
- If you’re buying gifts on Amazon, use the Amazon Smile URL and a percentage of your purchase price will go to the charity of your choice at no extra cost