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Want a better life? Ask better questions. 10 Questions to ask yourself.

Written by Brad Aronson 42 Shares
A Better Life

"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:

Alleviate poverty with Someone Else’s Money – Make a $25 Kiva Microloan Free

Written by Brad Aronson 354 Shares

Thanks to generous donors, you can currently use their money to make your first microloan for free. These very small loans help impoverished entrepreneurs fund or expand their businesses so they can become self-sufficient. The repayment rate for these loans on Kiva's platform is an astonishing 98.62%. The incredible repayment rate points to microloans through nonprofit Kiva.org as a sustainable method for helping with poverty.

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Classroom Kindness – A class visitor said the best thing to one of my anxious students

Written by Brad Aronson 1,050 Shares

Classroom Kindness

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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Famous Failures: 23 Famous Failures to Inspire You

Written by Brad Aronson 1,742 Shares

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.

Jack Andraka

When he ...

Teenage entrepreneurs develop life-changing device for wheelchair users

Written by Brad Aronson 2,755 Shares

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.

Teenage Entrepreneurs
The Sensei’s team — Kate Evanko, Aaron Seidman, Stephen Campbell, Deepak Iyer and Miranda Keeler.

The high school entrepreneurs studied the problem by conducing ...

Teen Entrepreneurs: 10 Awesome Teen Entrepreneurs

Written by Brad Aronson 681 Shares

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:

Teen Entrepreneurs Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!

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 ...

Told women couldn’t attend medical school, Elizabeth Blackwell started her own

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Elizabeth Blackwell

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 ...

Thank You Neighbors – for Your Act of Kindness

Written by Brad Aronson 443 Shares

Our neighbors noticed that we had a lot going on and could use a distraction.

So our neighbors put this bag in our mailbox.

Act of Kindess

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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Be Inspired—How 5 Everyday People’s Acts of Kindness Changed 100s of Lives

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Photo by Michael Ochs/GETTY

“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

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Amazing kids feed thousands of homeless – their inspiring story and how they got started

Written by Brad Aronson 3,233 Shares

A group of Washington D.C. high school students participated in a service project to collect and distribute coats to people who needed them. What I love is that these amazing kids did more than distribute coats.

The high schoolers wrote encouraging notes and put them inside the pockets as a surprise for recipients. Those notes made people smile and feel special – that was as important as handing out the coats.

Josh Kennedy-Noce and D’Mani Harrison-Porter were two of the teenagers running this project. How they got started goes back to the summer Josh and ...