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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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 ...
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 ...
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
Fantastic video of TD Bank turning some of their ATMs into Automated Thanking Machines to create some very personal and special moments for customers. TD Bank pulled this off on their annual customer appreciation day. Select customers were invited into the bank for a focus group to discuss a new ATM machine but instead were introduced to the “Automated Thanking Machine.”
Have tissues ready . . .
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In our family we have a special way of transitioning the kids from receiving from Santa, to becoming Santa. This way, the Santa construct is not a lie that gets discovered, but an unfolding series of good deeds and Christmas spirit.