Expectations

Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true. Bill Gates 1955 – In the mid 1960s, Dr. Robert Rosenthal, a Harvard psychologist, conducted a series of experiments involving children in grade school. At the beginning of the school year, all students at a certain grade level were given a test called the “Harvard test of inflected acquisition”. Then students were selected for a particular class; the teacher was told that these students scored higher than average on the test and that their performance indicated they were more likely to bloom during the school year. At …
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I’ll do it myself

Anybody, anywhere in the world, all they want is to be free, to choose what they want to do without having someone tell them how to do it. Freida Pinto 1984 – Have you ever tried to feed a two year old — hoping to get the food in their mouth and not on the floor — only to be rebuffed? About that age, children start demonstrating a desire to be in control of their lives; they want to do things for themselves. At the other end of the spectrum is elder care. If you’ve ever been a caregiver, you know …
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Watch your language

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil. Buddha 563-483 B.C. When you were growing up, how many times did your mother tell you to watch your language? (If your childhood was anything like mine, you heard it plenty of times.) Our parents were trying to keep us from swearing, or possibly scolding us for calling other children unflattering names. But you might be surprised to learn that there are very sound reasons to watch our language, even as adults. Let me share the results of an …
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