And they lived happily ever after

Nothing’s ever easy as long as you go on living. Marilyn Monroe 1926 – 1962 Most of us grew up learning from fairy tales; Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and The Gingerbread Man are just a few of the stories we heard as children. They tended to have happy endings, with the traditional closing line being “And they lived happily ever after.” While fairy tales are certainly a valuable teaching tool, I think our society has come to expect that life will actually turn out like the fairy tales: that there will come a point when we overcome our struggles and …
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The road to Hana

It’s not the destination that brings happiness, but the journey. Socrates 469 BC – 399 BC If you ever get a chance to visit the Hawaiian island of Maui, you’ll almost certainly hear about one of their most famous tourist attractions: the Road to Hana. But if you make the trip and walk around Hana, you’ll probably hear a few people making comments like, “What’s the big deal?” or “The view from my hotel is better than here.” Those people arrive at Hana expecting their destination to be the main attraction. But the real reward is the journey there. The …
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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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