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Let them fail often

“Plowing through one’s own problems and pushing through frustration are valuable life skills which help kids grow into resilient adults. It can be difficult for parents to let offspring pave their own way.”
Christina DesMaraisInc.com

In the movie Batman Begins, Alfred Pennyworth reminds Bruce about a very important lesson that his dad taught him. As a young child, Bruce fell into a dry well and was attacked by a swarm of bats. Bruce’s dad asked, “Why do we fall?” his dad answered his own question with, “so we can learn to pick ourselves up.” This is a very important lesson that all children should learn. Children have to know that it is okay to fail. Our “True Character” is built through the obstacles we face and how we respond to our successes and failures.

As a parent, teacher, and leader we have to allow those in our charge space and freedom to explore their capabilities so they can stretch pass their personal mental and physical limits to grab hold of their REAL potential. As a teacher when a student is FINALLY able to see the GREATNESS that is inside of him/herself those are the moments that remind us of WHY we do what we do.

For example, in my classroom, I like to share with my students what their final assignment will be so they are mentally prepared for what is to come. Those of us in education know this as “keeping the end in mind through backwards design.” I remember it like it was yesterday. I shared with my students the writing prompt that they would have to write a 3-5 page essay about and the class became as silent as a graveyard.

One brave student, Henry P., could not hold his fear inside. Henry raised a quiet hand and said, “Mr. Wesley, I cannot do that! That is too hard.” I already knew that this assignment was too difficult, but what Henry didn’t know is that I wanted them to STRUGGLE, not because I wanted them to fail, but because I wanted them to realize the potential that is inside of them. I said to Henry, “You are 100% correct! Yes, today you cannot write this essay. But in the next 2 weeks, I will give you every single tool you need to write this paper and prepare you for every other essay you will need to write in your life.” 

Henry made an A- on his essay, and he could not have been more proud. When the class received their essays back I reminded the class of how they thought this paper would be impossible. Yes, they struggled and failed with concepts along the way, but they did not give up. 

If you are not giving your students, children, or even your employees opportunities to FAIL, STRUGGLE, or GET FRUSTRATED then you are doing them a disservice. It is our job as leaders to give them the tools they need to reach their goals and if they fall we will be by their side to cheer them on as they learn to pick themselves up!

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Does Your Work Follow You Wherever You Go?

The Future is Here

People are using technology like voice-activated apps and smartphone calendars to enhance their everyday lives and that is also translating to their work,” Cotton says. “As employers, we have to embrace that — how do we give people the opportunity to work from anywhere while still being productive?” writes Pooneh Ghana for WIRED magazine.
Our jobs are no longer constrained to just the brick and mortar office of yesterday. Our office is now online, we meet in chat rooms for meetings, we share project duties through resources like ASANA, and the ability to manage all of this can become a nightmare. Preparation and updating your skills will be the key to success for the future of the workplace, and iMar is here with you every step of the way.

Click to read Pooneh Ghana’s full article for WIRED magazine.

Alanna Cotton (right), senior vice president and general manager at Samsung Electronics America, speaks about the future of work with Jason Tanz(left), Wired magazine site director, at the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX. (Credit: Pooneh Ghana)

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Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?

The Future is Now

Attention teachers, parents, professors, and anyone that cares about helping our society achieve its maximum potential. If you fit any of these categories then continue reading because this message is for you. If not, you need to keep reading anyway because this is a message that ALL citizens of planet earth should hear because our future success depends on what you do after reading it. I am an educator; I did not know when I graduated college that the journey we call “life” would lead me to a classroom. I did not know that I would find my passion in writing, blogging, training, and helping others achieve their goals by creating IMar Learning Solutions. But, I am here and I am happy that at the end of the day I am able to bring awareness to the need for soft skill training and critical thinking. These are the skills that will help you advance in your career. Continue reading Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?

Forget Your Weakness, Focus on Your Strength

Your Passion Does Not Have to Be Mine

I remember sitting in my college geology lab and thinking to myself, “I will never need this” and “why am I here?” I’m sure you have felt the same way as you struggled through classes that have absolutely nothing to do with your life or career. I enjoyed my geology class that was required for me to graduate. My professor was amazing and I could really feel his passion and love for rocks in every lecture. Unfortunately for me, I did not share his love and passion. Instead of taking that class, I could have been focusing on my strengths and what was important to me. Continue reading Forget Your Weakness, Focus on Your Strength

Join the Education Revolution

Wake Up…

In 2001 the No Child Left Behind Act bill was signed and passed through Congress. Different aspects of the bill have been highly debated and criticized. The education systems dislike of the bill has not gone unnoticed. I do not agree with all aspects, if any, of the No Child Left Behind Act, but I do agree that students are being left behind, and something needs to be done. Unfortunately, many adults are about to face a similar situation and it is time to join the Education Revolution. If something does not change many Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s will be left behind when it comes to the skills needed to perform their job due to the disruptions that are here (not coming, already HERE) because of the advancement in artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. Baby Boomers and Generation X, this message is for you. IMar Learning Solutions is extending its Millennial hand to help you through the changes that are disrupting your life and career. Continue reading Join the Education Revolution

#1 Tip to Prosper from the Fall of the Retail Giants

“Eventually the existing skills will become outmoded.”

-Jeff Bezos Amazon Ceo
The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall

I did not think that I would live to see the day retail giants like Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s could not weather the storm that is the result of Hurricane Amazon. These juggernauts have been the cornerstone of retail shopping for decades and now they have met their match. The retail leaders of the past must either adapt to the technological disruptions that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing about or get rolled over. Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon has planned this take over for a long time and he is finally seeing the fruit of his labor. In his 1997 letter to his investors, Bezos wrote “We believe that a fundamental measure of our success will be the shareholder value we create over the long term. This value will be a direct result of our ability to extend and solidify our current leadership position. The stronger our market leadership, the more powerful our economic model.” A lot of jobs will be lost but with some guidance, many will create opportunities to actually advance their career and prosper from the vast economic changes that many are not focusing on yet, including some government officials. Continue reading #1 Tip to Prosper from the Fall of the Retail Giants

Is Your Resume Ready? The Fourth Industrial Revolution

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Understanding history can reveal possible bumps in the road that can hinder or slow your success and since knowledge is power, knowing the history of things can help you make better choices for your future. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun and I want to do my part to help others to survive and prosper, and that only takes a little preparation, and training to bridge any learning gaps.

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The Power of the Digital Badge

What is a Digital Badge and Do I Need It?

You have the right to remain silent! Sorry, the digital badge does not give you the right to become an online police officer, although we do need more of those. But, it does give you a competitive edge over your job seeking competition. But, what the heck is a digital badge? Hastac.org defines the digital badge as, “a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. Open digital badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through an infrastructure that uses shared and open technical standards.

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