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The story of how I ended up in grad school

I was sitting by the window on a full flight to New York, casually reading a moderately interesting book on social media marketing. I like window seats on airplanes and I like reading books when I travel — window seats because I like looking at clouds, and reading because it saves me from awkward small talk with the stranger sitting beside me. I’m THAT person who wears a polite smile and a pair of earphones pretty much during the entire...

The Cure for Boredom and What I Learned About Learning

BORED…that’s a word I haven’t used in a really long time. When I was a kid, I said it all the time. In fact, when we were in school, my friend Carla and I would pass each other notes that would almost always start with the sentence: “I’m bored.” (Kids, don’t follow my awful example.) But nowadays, I never use the word. I’m too busy to be bored. And when I do have free time, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t...

What I’m Loving this Week: Learning Resources

I am currently overloaded with free learning materials. Thank God for generous people on the internet. Let me share some of the great resources I’ve come across lately: 1) Leadership and Influence Summit – 36 video talks that you can watch for free at your own time (before November 30). The speaker lineup includes Chris Brogan, Jon Acuff, Keith Ferrazzi, Erwin McManus, Mark Sanborn, Tim Elmore, Charlene Li, and a bunch of other great leaders. Some of the topics include...

What are you doing with your talents and gifts?

When I think of giftedness, I think of Howard Wong. You know, Howard. You don’t know Howard? Well, you should. This is Howard. This Malaysian boy is 3 or 4 years old in this video, which I think was taken this year. (You can find the awesome excerpt below, but if you want to see the full version, you can watch it here) My reaction: “GET OUT. No way. IS THIS REAL?” Did you react the same way? Well, apparently,...

Do all leaders really have to be readers?

There is a famous phrase that says “Leaders are readers.” I can’t verify if this has been consistently true throughout history, but on a personal level, I do know this for sure: reading helps me learn better, and learning helps me lead better. Personally, I prefer reading books. I can go on and on about books, and those of you who have followed this blog long enough know this to be true. I always love giving books to people when...

7 Important Lessons I Learned as a Preschool Teacher (A guest post by Carisse Escueta)

There are few people I know who can match the patient, calm, and quirky nature of my dear friend, Carisse Escueta, which explains why people (especially children) are instantly drawn to her. In many ways, she can be likened to Mary Poppins, because she is pleasant, charismatic, talented, and without a doubt, one of the most incredible visionaries and dream-igniters that I know. Carisse also happens to be the catalyst and leader behind our non-profit organization, RepubLIKHA, which was created...

Tell Me Thursday: School Talk!

For today’s Tell Me Thursday post, I decided to do something different: I asked friends from different backgrounds (music, TV, radio, sports, publishing, business, etc.) to share their answers to get the ball rolling! Today’s Tell Me Thursday question is… What is one topic or subject you wish they had taught when you were in school? Andi Manzano: “Character building & responsibility :) I wish school taught me how to do things my own way and not just all purely...

Tell Me Thursday: Let’s talk about blogs!

Two Thursdays ago, I asked about books. This week, it’s all about blogs! Through the years, blogs have inspired, educated, and entertained me. I love learning from experts, friends, and peers, and I’ve picked up ideas and thoughts that have been helpful and useful in different areas of my life. Tell me: Who are the bloggers or what are the blogs that you follow? (And if you have a blog, share your blog’s address so we can check it out!)...