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In this episode we cover the turmoil at OpenAI, AI vetting PR pitches, and the newly-released Guidelines, Tips, and Best Practices for using AI from PRSA. Let us know what you think at soloprpro.com. Transcript Karen Swim (00:04): Thank you for joining us for this episode of That Solo Life, the podcast for PR pros and marketers who work for themselves, people like me, Michelle Kane, with VoiceMatters and my wonderful co-host, Karen Swim of Solo PR Pro. Hi, Karen, how are you? Karen Swim, APR (00:20): Hello, Michelle. I'm doing great. How are you doing? Michelle Kane (00:24): Doing well, doing well. We're coming on this episode after Thanksgiving, so we hope all of you had a really terrific holiday with your family and friends and got to relax a little bit and are easing your way into the return to the workplace. Karen Swim, APR Except this year, was it really Thanksgiving or was it just pre-Christmas? Because in my neighborhood, people skipped right to Christmas before Halloween was even over. So I am surrounded by lit up subdivisions and Christmas lights. Not that they set it all up because the weather was nice, which would be smart, but they actually just pulled the trigger some people in as well. The weather was good. They just go ahead and set up all the outside stuff and then turn it on for Thanksgiving. No, no, no, not this year. We have full on Christmas here in Michigan, and that was before Thanksgiving, long before Thanksgiving. So I'm thinking Thanksgiving is, it's really losing its way. Michelle Kane (01:35): Yeah, it is. I mean, thankfully we have parades in football to keep us in check, but it is strange because I consider myself a pretty flexible Gen Xer, but there are certain societal cues that I need and some that I miss. So you have to have, the stuffing has to digest before I pull out the red and the green and the yellow and the blue and all that stuff. Back in the day, the Jerry Lewis telethon final tote had to happen before I would set foot back in my school. None of that happens anymore. It's Karen Swim, APR (02:09): Anything happens anymore, and I'm feeling like Thanksgiving is, it's going to go the way of Pluto. It's going to get demoted, Michelle Kane (02:17): Although Karen Swim, APR (02:17): It's going to come to be known not as Thanksgiving, but as carb loading for Black Friday. I don't know. Michelle Kane (02:24): Yeah, yeah. Well, yeah, I think everything's faster. I mean, we've seen the online sales early Black Friday, but in a way that's good. I am seeing, I can't give you the list, but it's nice to see that some big box stores are having sanity, sanity has prevailed. They're either not opening on Thanksgiving or they're having relatively, I don't want to say decent, but their hours aren't too wild. But yeah, it's weird days. Weird days. Maybe it speaks to our general anxiety as a society. Let's just get it done. Karen Swim, APR (03:01): This could be, was the thought sparked by the great toilet paper raid of 2020? I don't know. Is that where it all started to turn? Michelle Kane (03:10): Hey, I don't know. I don't know but that would speak to my inner Girl Scout. Be prepared. Karen Swim, APR (03:16): This is true. So why not have Black Friday four weeks ahead of schedule so that the planners and the preppers could make sure that they got everything that they need on sale. Michelle Kane (03:28): That's right. Karen Swim, APR (03:29): Someone else, before it's all gone. Michelle Kane (03:31): I will say if you are still eating your tuna fish from 1999, please don't. Well, in the name of prepping, I don't know if this segue is terrible, but there's been some activity. I know this is shocking in the world of AI, artificial intelligence, especially as it touches upon our profession, by the time this hits your podcast queue, not sure where the situation with OpenAI is going to be because it seems to be every day there's something new happening. But recently, the board ousted the chair, and now some of the board, the employees are signing petitions to bring him back. And as someone pointed out on the news today, such an influential change-making organization in the hands of the number of people you can count on two hands, not a great thing. Karen Swim, APR (04:40): Well, it's interesting from so many perspectives, it is huge in the world of AI because when there's that type of a shakeup, so Sam Altman, the CEO was ousted, as you said by the board, but then some other key members, I guess left and then they appointed an interim, and then Microsoft hired Sam, but then there was a push to bring Sam back, and Sam I think was part of that push. And the whole thing is just weird. For users of OpenAI. It does make you take a step back because first of all, when the CEO is ousted by the board, sometimes those are due to concerns that don't speak to the product or the quality, but it does make you pause and wonder if you can trust the product. When there's this level of turmoil at that level, it really does make you think about that. Is this really something that I should continue to use? Can I have faith in it? And AI is so, it's growing so fast and things are changing so quickly, and so it brings a level of hesitancy that I don't think that the company really needed, and who that heck knows where it's all going from here. It's been a day-to-day drama. Michelle Kane (06:03): Yeah, it really has. Well, for me, it seemed to come out of nowhere because I'm not exactly paying attention to that company 24/7, but I thought, wait, what? What? Yeah, and what will that mean for the future of AI? But we have also learned that PRSA has a little something to say about the future of AI, at least in our practice. They have released a document on the ethics of using AI in your writing within our industry of public relations, which is a nice thing to have. Karen Swim, APR (06:39): That is a great thing to have. By the way, again, this could change again, but OpenAI named three interim CEOs in three days. So I'm feeling like if you have solely been relying on ChatGPT, you might want to just add some other tools to the mix because this is not giving stability vibes. Michelle Kane (07:05): No, no, it is not. But yeah, if you have been wondering or concerned about the ethical use of AI in your everyday practice or as a whole, we will put the link in our show notes. But please do head over to PRSA.org. It is a 10-page document and just lays out potential risks, ethical challenges. Like I said, we're going to put it in our show notes, but it really does lay out the ethical risks and best practices, which is what we all need, because let's face it, this tool is here to stay in so many ways. And as we've said many times on this podcast, it's best to get to know it, get good at it in an ethical manner, because it's really going to help you to not only stand out, but to be competitive as we move forward. Karen Swim, APR (08:15): And shout out to Michelle Egan, who is the 2023 PRSA chair, and Mark Dewar, who is the best man ever, I adore Mark and have had the pleasure of serving with Mark. They headed up this effort, and I know that the people behind this are so thoughtful, and it's cool that it doesn't look like you have to log into PRSA. So even if you are not a PRSA member, you should be able to grab this resource, which I think is a thing we do need to pay attention to. And a nice resource, thank you so much PRSA for providing that, for leaving the way as well as to other organizations who have really taken this seriously and outlined some guidelines for communication professionals. Michelle Kane (09:12): Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. And then there's the other blip on the radar of AI, which is pretty significant. I know, Karen, you had discovered there's some developments regarding AI in pitching stories. Karen Swim, APR (09:30): Yeah, apparently. So, AI, not human beings, may be reading your pitches, which is a little demoralizing considering how hard we all work to craft those personalized targeted pitches. And so media relations is really becoming very different these days. You even have resources that used to be great for aligning sources and reporters that are now not even being vetted and verified, and I'll go ahead and call them out. It's HARO specifically. Michelle Kane (10:15): So that's a thing. Karen Swim, APR (10:15): It really has kind of become, I've not really paid attention to HARO's in quite some time because they don't verify the sources. And you do see a lot of content shops and SEO specialists - nothing wrong with SEO specialists. However, when you are working on behalf of clients, you're looking for something different. You're using HARO as a source to really support your thought leadership efforts. And so some of these publications are not always that, and so you're looking for more editorial. And so that's really, it's just an interesting and somewhat concerning use of AI when you don't have humanity involved in these decisions. But at the same time, I'm seeing a lot of journalists move over to the content side because let's face it, journalists are not really being paid the amount of money that they should for their talent. And I still, I don't know about you, but I still get so excited when I read a piece by a journalist in a publication that really allows them to exercise their craft. And the writing is so sharp, and sometimes the things are so beautifully written and so deeply investigated and researched that it just still makes me excited. I am also sad that there's not more of that, that is no longer the norm, but it is really exciting when you have journalists at a publication who really get to do what they do best, which is right. Investigate, really present all sides of an issue. I love that. I love it. Whether it's about a societal problem or politics, I just really still enjoy good old fashioned, great writing, and I don't want to see that disappear. Michelle Kane (12:02): Right? And it's our loss as a society that is not valued. And I don't know, there's so many moving parts these days and people's lives, we just whizz along. And I don't think people, it's not to say they're ignoring it or that they're making a wrong decision, but guys, well, I know preaching to the choir, but people in general have got to value our journalists and demand it. Demand it. So that's why we say things like, subscribe to your paper. You may not appreciate it, but then when you realize you don't know what's going on in your community, oh, who used to do that? Oh, that boring old paper that I used to slag off on. Karen Swim, APR (12:51): So very true. And journalists are continuing to be under attack, which in 2023, moreso for being truthful, but we need them. We need unbiased professional reporting. But you know what? We also need journalists outside of that realm of really holding us accountable of telling our stories and writing history. They're so good at that. Even I read a journalist tribute to Matthew Perry following his death, and it stuck with me. And I thought, wow, we need people who have this gift, who have this talent, who love this job that they do, who to speak these words in a way that not everyone can speak them. And I don't want to lose that. I'm sorry. And thank God for the Hollywood writers fighting for their right to exist with ai. They're not eliminating ai, but they also were able to bring out their role and fight for their rights and get what they wanted. We can coexist with ai, but I don't want AI to take over. Michelle Kane (14:13): Agree, agree. We need to maintain the humanity of it, because if that's lost, what's really, what's the point of our existence? Was it Winston Churchill? Back in World War II. He said, if we don't keep the arts and things alive, then what are we fighting for? So definitely, and we'll put sports writers in there. I've got to tell you, sometimes a beautifully written article, like if it's a championship or something, sports writers can make me cry. There is a special romance to sports writing that is often underappreciated. Karen Swim, APR (15:00): Completely agree. Completely agree with you. We are not talking about sports broadcasters though, however, who may up their sideline commentary. Can we not talk about that? Michelle Kane (15:11): Yes. No, we are not talking about that. No. No, we are not. Karen Swim, APR (15:17): We don't talk about Bruno, and we're not talking about sports broadcasters today, but maybe on another day we will address that Michelle Kane (15:24): Issue. Agree? Yes. Yes. Keep it real people. You know what? We're going to find out Karen Swim, APR (15:32): 100%. Michelle Kane (15:34): We always, oh my goodness. Well, we wanted to let this digest along with your holiday meals, so we kept it short and sweet today, and we hope you got some value out of this. And if you did, please share it. I was going to see if you did not, what if you did, please do share it around and hit us up at soloprpro.com. Let us know what you want us to talk about. What can we dig into and talk about in a future podcast? But until next time, thanks for listening to That Solo Life.
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to meet so many interesting people who come from such a large and diverse background. Today we get to spend time with Elizabeth Louis. For much of her adult life, Elizabeth worked in the television and entertainment industry. What she didn't realize until later was that her talents really came from coaching people. She did it as a child, and finally in 2016 she began to do it as a career by leaving all the politics and entertainment infighting behind. Elizabeth and I have a wide-ranging conversation talking about everything from pessimism to optimism, why we all behave as we do and we talk about things like Trust and Teamwork. I think you will find Elizabeth's comments and observations to be quite poignant and relevant to life today. About the Guest: Elizabeth Louis is an executive performance coach who guides high performers, STEM executives, top athletes, and driven entrepreneurs who want to increase their impact, influence, and income. Her work lies at the intersection of neuroscience and the psychology of high performance: She is a trained therapist with graduate degrees in Positive Psychology and education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a decade of experience coaching top executives. Through her 1:1 coaching for hundreds of clients, she creates personalized programs to help leaders eliminate the limiting mindsets holding them back — and upgrade their identities by leveraging the power of neuroplasticity, new thought patterns, effective communication, and influential leadership by creating psychological safety for teams. For Elizabeth, the ultimate goal is both the tangible and the intangible. Her evidence-based approaches lead to business results backed by data, and the permanent changes are priceless: a champion mindset that creates meaning in your life and in the lives of others. Ways to connect with Alexandra: Website: ElizabethLouis.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethLouisCoaching Instagram: instagram.com/elizabethlouiscoaching Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ElizabethLouis Linkedin personal profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louiselizabeth/ Call to action: What thinking trap is limiting your performance? elizabethlouis.com/thinkingtrapquiz About the Host: Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author, international lecturer, and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog. Michael gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children's Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. He is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association's 2012 Hero Dog Awards. https://michaelhingson.com https://www.facebook.com/michael.hingson.author.speaker/ https://twitter.com/mhingson https://www.youtube.com/user/mhingson https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhingson/ accessiBe Links https://accessibe.com/ https://www.youtube.com/c/accessiBe https://www.linkedin.com/company/accessibe/mycompany/ https://www.facebook.com/accessibe/ Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below! 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Thanks for joining me on my podcast as we explore our own blinding fears of inclusion unacceptance and our resistance to change. We will discover the idea that no matter the situation, or the people we encounter, our own fears, and prejudices often are our strongest barriers to moving forward. The unstoppable mindset podcast is sponsored by accessiBe, that's a c c e s s i capital B e. Visit www.accessibe.com to learn how you can make your website accessible for persons with disabilities. And to help make the internet fully inclusive by the year 2025. Glad you dropped by we're happy to meet you and to have you here with us. Michael Hingson ** 01:21 Well, Hi, and welcome to an episode of unstoppable mindset. Today, we get to introduce to you and get to chat with an executive coach. She says she's an executive performance coach, and she deals with a lot of people from athletes to high performers in a variety of environments. And I'm gonna really be interested to hear about all that. But that comes later. Now we got to start by saying hi to Elizabeth, and we really appreciate you being here. And welcome to unstoppable mindset. Elizabeth Louis ** 01:53 Thank you so much, Michael. I am so excited to be here. Michael Hingson ** 01:56 Well, we're we're glad you're here. Now. Where are you located? Elizabeth Louis ** 02:00 I'm in Virginia. Michael Hingson ** 02:04 So is it hot? Elizabeth Louis ** 02:06 Oh, gosh, yes. It's like a light switch flipped and all of a sudden the humidity came. But it was it was a we didn't get that humidity until later. Which you know, you gotta take the winds. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 02:16 Well, for people who want to know, this is the summertime for all of us when we're recording this. And right now, here. It's 97 degrees in Southern California on the high desert. And it's about 11:34am. So we're gonna get to 100. Today once again, but we don't have the humidity that you do. Elizabeth Louis ** 02:37 Know. And but you're actually hotter than we are right now. Because it's only 90 degrees here. But Elizabeth Louis ** 02:44 the humidity only 45%. humid. Wow. For outside, though, so maybe you guys have it worse right now. Michael Hingson ** 02:56 I don't I don't I've got an air conditioner. So I'm fine. Yes, we'll live with that. Well, I'm really glad you're here. Looking forward to learning all about being an executive performer, coach and all that. But why don't we start with the early Elizabeth, you growing up? And tell us about you? And what where you came from why you do what you do? Or anything else that you want to say? Elizabeth Louis ** 03:21 Oh, yeah, so I got into this by accident. Actually, I have about I don't know, 10 or 15 years and Television and Film Producing. I know right big twist or big shift to psychology. But long story short, I had a rough childhood, like a lot of people out there. And I was mentally tortured, and I wanted to be mentally free. And I ended up being diagnosed with complex PTSD when I was 26. And there was not a single therapist that I ran into that could help me get transformation. They just wanted me to cope. And I didn't believe in coping, I believe mental freedom was possible. And so long story short, I got my first master's in positive psychology with a subspecialty in coaching psychology to see if I could fix myself and that's where I fell in love with neuroscience and neurobiology and neuro psychology especially. And I ended up getting mental freedom and then I just was good at it. The rest became history Michael Hingson ** 04:19 without kind of going into a lot of detail when you say mentally tortured. What does that mean? Yeah, Elizabeth Louis ** 04:23 that's a great question. I so my childhood was rough. My brother tried killing me my whole childhood. I didn't know that was like, not normal until a few years ago to be completely honest. And so I just I was very hyper vigilant. I was very stressed. I was very just always on edge ready to freak out or feel like I was being attacked and I just felt so stressed and anxious all the time. And I just wanted healing from it. I also had a handful of experiences of where I was sexually abused by professionals in the medical world. And I just wanting healing and peace to come into my soul in my mind, if that makes sense. Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 05:04 I understand. Well, that's really kind of sad. Did he ever get over doing that or wanting to do that? Elizabeth Louis ** 05:10 Yes, he did. Thankfully, thank the Lord, right. He's actually not that type of person anymore. And he and I are working on our relationship. So I forgive him. I'm actually grateful because it's helped me become such a strong and mentally tough person, which has helped me excel in my career. Michael Hingson ** 05:28 Yeah. And you've you, you've, well, you sound normal, whatever that means. Right? I had to say that. For a psychologist. I had to say that. Weird Elizabeth Louis ** 05:39 though normal is boring. Michael Hingson ** 05:43 Well, you sound like you have your head on straight then. Yes, I did it. And we could do we could do that. So did you grow up in Virginia, where you are now? Or where are you from? Originally? Elizabeth Louis ** 05:54 I did grew up in Virginia. And then I moved to Atlanta, and then Africa, and then back to Virginia. That's kind of Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 06:02 what took you to Africa? Well, Elizabeth Louis ** 06:04 um, my background is in television producing. And so I had the privilege of doing a wildlife documentary, documentary internship. And so I lived on a game reserve for about 40 days, and it was absolutely incredible. Michael Hingson ** 06:20 Did you have any up close and personal conversation with lions? Elizabeth Louis ** 06:23 Oh, my God. It's funny. You say that, because I actually almost got attacked by a lion. It's kind of a funny story. I was, I think 2425 And I was on top of the Land Rover filming the lions. And there were cubs and cubs can be very curious. Yeah. And the cub was about to jump on the hood of the Land Rover, and I'm on the roof of the Land Rover. And all of a sudden in the background, you see mommy just booking it. And so we don't worry about the cub. We worry about mama, mama lion. And at that moment, the Ranger screamed at me Liz freeze. And the funny part is I got the worst charley horse in my hip. And that moment, and I was like, great. 24 I'm gonna die. Luckily, the we use you carry pepper spray with you when you're, and we wafted it towards them. And so that caused them to shift but had I lived? It would have been really cool to be like, Look, my lion scar. Just totally Trump's your SharkBite. Michael Hingson ** 07:20 Yeah. Well, but still who wants to deal with the pain if you don't have to? Elizabeth Louis ** 07:27 Exactly, especially in a second world? Country? Michael Hingson ** 07:31 And what was the lion Mata you was the cub who was curious, but that's the way lions are. Elizabeth Louis ** 07:36 Mama lions are very protective male lions don't do a lot that look look scary. Michael Hingson ** 07:41 Yeah, they're not. It's fair. So what other kinds of things did you do while doing television producing and so on? Elizabeth Louis ** 07:50 Well, I did on a range of things. I mean, I've worked with Turner entertainment B et. I did a lot of freelance stuff, working on small independent projects. I have done stuff in front of the camera behind the camera. I really liked line producing at the time, but then it just got very political and I don't know I think television shows today are more dark than they've ever been. And I'm okay to not be in it anymore. Michael Hingson ** 08:19 Yeah, it gets a little bit tiring to be involved in dark i I must admit, I like a lot of the older television shows even the the the ones that are more serious than the drag that's in Perry Mason's and other things of the world. But I like mash and Happy Days and other things like that. And the Twilight Zone, they're just not as dark at all is a lot of what we see today. I would Elizabeth Louis ** 08:43 agree. And the older stuff actually has a plot nowadays, it's just action. And I'm like, this made no sense. And this is so unrealistic. Michael Hingson ** 08:53 The the exceptions that you can make an excuse for things like we just went to see Indiana Jones and the dial of destiny. Oh, and there are inconsistencies like in one scene. One of the good guys ends up underwater and gets out of some handcuffs, his flashlight dies. But the next day, he's got a flashlight again, and you're going where did that come from? But that's what makes that kind of movie fun. It's just an action fun film. Not dark at all. In a lot of senses. It's just good entertainment. It was a lot of fun. Awesome. Elizabeth Louis ** 09:29 Yeah, it's nice to hear that. That stuff is coming back out. Because for a while there, it was just like oh my, Michael Hingson ** 09:37 my niece and I went to see it. And I kept saying to her during and then after the movie, I kept saying, gee, I wish they have a little action in this movie. I mean, there was a chase scene every 10th of a second. It was great. It was fun. But but you know, we need some of that to get away from a lot of things. And it seems to me that all All too often people take life so seriously. And they worry about all sorts of things over which they don't have any influence or control, but they still worry about them anyway. Right? So true. So how did you and when did you get into coaching? Elizabeth Louis ** 10:15 Um, it was a fluke, to be honest. So I went to graduate school to get my degree in positive psychology with a subspecialty and coaching psychology. And before I even graduated, I was naturally gifted at it, I guess you could say, and my professors started giving me their overflow of clientele. And I started pretty early on professionally at least, I will say, I realized I started doing this when I was eight years old, not knowing I was doing it because I was the therapist of the family. I kind of my because my dad died when I was seven. So my mom was stuck to raise with this rebellious child herself. And so a lot of times she would confide in me and students at school would confide in me, but professionally, it was in 2016 2015, when my professors were giving me their overflow. And it turned out I was just really good at getting people transformation quickly. And at that neurological level, which allows for permanency because that's high performers want everything done, like you know, three years ago. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 11:18 Yeah. And get it done. Now, instant gratification, which doesn't always work either. No, Elizabeth Louis ** 11:24 it doesn't. And at the end of the day, rarely it does. But there's things you can do to suffocate neurons and develop neurons. Michael Hingson ** 11:34 Things like, Elizabeth Louis ** 11:36 well, it kind of depends on the situation. Like, for instance, if you struggle with PTSD, there is a technique that you can do, it's a visualization technique, which is, every time you have that, that that that hurtful memory, I guess we could say reappear in your mind's eye, if you ahead of time are really familiar with that area, you constantly take a step back in your mind's eye, and the less you feed it, the more that neurons will suffocate in a different situation. Like let's say you're trying to create new synaptic nerve connections. This is where neuroplasticity at its finest works. And so you want to change your language, you want to change the way you talk about things, you want to really upgrade your identity. And then it's walking and crew and thinking in that identity. It's a lot like dress for the job you want. But it's thinking, speaking and seeing that mentality. For instance, I at one point, had some health issues. And I didn't want to have the health issues. And I went through this program that helps retrain your brain. And this is when I was got really obsessed with neuroscience. And one of the big fundamentals in getting out of sickness, if you will, is not talking about it, because the more you talk about it, the more you actually strengthen that normalcy. And we have proven in neuroscience that 98 to 75% of all mental and physical illnesses are due to your thoughts and your thinking, which means two to 25% is due to your genetics and environment. So there's a lot to say about the power of the mind and how it operates. Michael Hingson ** 13:06 Yeah, the mind is a very powerful and complex thing. Although I also think that if we would stop and think more about what we do, in our mind, we could probably learn a whole lot more about ourselves than we tend to do. Oh Elizabeth Louis ** 13:23 my gosh, Michael, I love you. Yes. And you know, really what you're saying there is people with a prefrontal cortex are amazing. But most people are living in their limbic system. It's it's like when you call in for so many are like, Can you Can I speak to someone with a brain and not just the automated answers you've been told to give me. But you know, we are, you know, the brain develops back to front. And so unfortunately, not a lot of people are taught how to think anymore. Michael Hingson ** 13:49 No, and and I'm sure there was a lot of that that has always gone on. But certainly nowadays, I think that people are much less, not really encouraged to think we're not encouraged to be curious, which is so disappointing. It Elizabeth Louis ** 14:05 really is. I think curiosity is really a skill that can empower you to do so much. Michael Hingson ** 14:14 Well, it certainly can. And one of my favorite books is a book by Richard Fineman, the physicist is entitled surely you're joking Mr. Fineman adventures of a curious fellow in the first chapter. He talks about being curious, he said his father always encouraged him to be curious, like they were out in a park or something and there was a bird flying and his father said, why is that bird flying? You know, and just really encouraged and of course for a good physicist, a theoretical physicists but not just physicists, I think for anyone. Yeah, Curiosity is such an important thing. why things are as they are, how, how can they possibly be better or or what, what do I need to do from for me and for the world that will make it better. And being curious about stuff is just something we so strongly discourage. I remember once being in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. And typically, art museums don't really do a lot for me, because everything's behind glass. But my wife and I were there and there was a statue up on a pedestal. And she said, it's a really tall pedestal, and I reached up and I could touch the top of the pedestal and the toe of this woman's foot. And this guard shoots over don't touch that you can't touch that. Well, the reality is that, how am I going to know anything about it, and he had no sympathy or understanding, when in reality, there should be no reason why at least, people who can't see sculptures and other things ought not to be able to feel them. They can create procedures in museums and so on to allow for that. But they don't, because they operate under different principles like arts made to be seen. Well, it's not just me to be seen sports fans. Exactly. Well said, you know, and we really don't tend to encourage curiosity, my father and my mother did. My dad, especially I think, because my mom didn't think about as much she, I won't say, took me for granted in a negative way. Not at all. Both of them didn't care that I happened to be growing up blind. The doctors told them early on that I should be put away in a home for handicapped children, because no blind child could ever go up to mount anything. And my parents said nuts to that. And so they that never was an issue. They didn't deal with me in a in a negative way. I can't say that they didn't deal with me in a different way. Because there are things that you're going to do differently. I learned braille instead of reading print. Right. But my dad especially encouraged curiosity. And I thought that was great. Yeah, Elizabeth Louis ** 17:00 I think that's great, too. I'm someone that was naturally curious, like I'm most Social Learner, which means you deserve to learn at the end of the day, in your physicists example is perfect. Because as a as a psychologist, I'm constantly asking those questions, right? Especially when it comes to language. Like, why is that person using that word out of all the words that they could use? Or what does that word mean? Or what would it look like? Like this? Like, I can get to a point where it's like, I don't know if you ever saw Toy Story five, but I feel like I'm 40 sometimes where I'm just like, Oh, me, I could go into such a bunny trails. Michael Hingson ** 17:38 Yeah. And there's nothing wrong with that. Shouldn't be, but unfortunately, all too often. We seem to think that it isn't the right thing to do. Well, it's exactly the right thing to do. Well, if I were an alien up in space, looking down at Earth, I wouldn't want to come here, given the way people behave. If they're at all peaceful, they would, would really encourage curiosity. But you know, Elizabeth Louis ** 18:00 that's Yeah, well, you know, Curiosity is huge and empathy, too. It's really hard to be empathetic if you can't be curious. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 18:11 Yeah, it's, it's important to be able to do that. Yes, Elizabeth Louis ** 18:14 I mean, so important. And unfortunately, America has become more self absorbed and more AI centric. And that is a big downfall and curiosity because it just makes you consumed with yourself and not your community. Michael Hingson ** 18:26 What do you think it's that way? Why is that happening? Elizabeth Louis ** 18:30 Great question. Hi. I mean, I think a big part is social media. When I lived in South Africa, I will say I really saw the influence of Hollywood at a very different angle. And so I think we are just, I mean, we'll also Anglo Saxons. I mean, if you if you trace it back to all the way to when we came when the English came here, that was one of the reasons why they wanted to come here was that independence and Anglo Saxons have always preached it's Ay ay ay and not really a oui oui, oui, now it's shifted drastically, I'd argue from when they first came. It's gotten greater than the I'm mentality. Michael Hingson ** 19:08 Yeah, we have forgotten what teamwork is really all about so much. Elizabeth Louis ** 19:13 Yeah. And you really see that in corporations. Michael Hingson ** 19:17 I've heard of corporations, large corporations without mentioning any names where, at the end of the day, when a team does something great, who gets rewarded, who gets recognized the team leader, not necessarily the whole team, which is so unfortunate because the team leader is usually made to look good by the rest of the people on the team. And the reality is it should be a team effort. Elizabeth Louis ** 19:40 Agreed. I totally agree. And I think this is also why so many corporations are struggling to keep competent individuals. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 19:50 They forget what team is all about. I mean, there's so much truth to the idea that there is no I in team. It Elizabeth Louis ** 19:57 really is. It really is. I mean, Who knows what the next 30 years will bring? Michael Hingson ** 20:04 Well, the other side of it is that I tend to be pretty optimistic and believe that in the long run, things will work themselves out. And I don't know what it is necessarily going to take to make that happen. But I've got to believe that we can, we can learn and we can grow, and we can get better. Absolutely. Elizabeth Louis ** 20:22 And I think you're going to see, I would agree with that. And I think we're going to see those who are more humble, and considerate and we focused are going to be the ones that will probably propel forward because people People want to feel included. I mean, it's in our wiring to have a community and to love our community and care for our community. We aren't wired to be isolated. Michael Hingson ** 20:47 How do we get back to that, though? Or how do we move forward to that? Elizabeth Louis ** 20:52 I think humility is going to be the biggest thing, right? But you have to desire that and you can't force someone to want to get help if they don't want help. But you can love people, even the most toxic people. Michael Hingson ** 21:03 Right? But I think humility, or adopting a humble attitude is certainly something that makes a lot of sense. That's a very good point. Because again, all too often it's just I and me and not recognizing the the fact that it's us. Yeah, Elizabeth Louis ** 21:21 I mean, because if you think about it, like we are, if you like it or not, we are connected. And it's healthier to be interdependent versus codependent, or self dependent. And like if you decide intentionally or not intentionally to get in a car accident, you impact everyone around you. And so you have to remember and that's that power of mindfulness. And mindfulness requires curiosity to to a degree, to remember that your actions do impact those around you regardless if you want to, believe it or not. Your opinion to that doesn't matter. Michael Hingson ** 21:52 Yeah, so what exactly would you say is mindfulness? Elizabeth Louis ** 21:56 Mindfulness is is, you know, the more I study it, the more I think it's bigger than I'm able to articulate in this one will statement. But mindfulness is being open and observing with curiosity and being judgment free. So it's having a non judgmental stance was tremendous curiosity, I think you have to have acceptance in it too, personally, meaning that you're open to the sensations and the feelings that your experience without trying without trying to control them? Michael Hingson ** 22:24 How do you teach somebody to be more mindful or adopt a more mindfulness attitude? Elizabeth Louis ** 22:30 There's lots of techniques. I mean, I think this is where it really comes to being personalized to the individual. But you know, CBT is even one of them cognitive behavior therapy. And then there's even branches of third wave, cognitive behavior therapy that is more explicit on mindfulness. One of the first things I tell people is you've got to grow your self awareness. And I like to tell people imagine being a fly on the wall in your own mental mind. Because we have to your point, right, it's like, people aren't always aware, you have to start paying attention to your thoughts. And this kind of freaked me out when I learned it, but you can have 6000 to 70,000 thoughts a day? And that's a lot of thoughts, right? Thoughts. I know and 95% Double Down. Exactly, exactly, no. But 95% of those thoughts are the same every single day. And 190 9% can be negative on average is 80%. And so I think you have to learn what your thinking style is, I do have a fun free quiz that will score you in 17 of the most common thinking traps. And you find that on my website, Elizabeth lewis.com. But what I found for mindfulness is it's it's it's shifting from that fixed mindset of I have to be perfect, or I have to be this way, or I should do this. And getting to know yourself. So many of us don't know who we are as adults, we we've been frozen ourselves as who we were as children. Michael Hingson ** 23:57 I think you sent me a link to that. And Ted, and we will include that in the notes. So hopefully people will will do that. And take the quiz. I haven't had a chance yet. It's been pretty hectic, but I do want to go take it. I'm going to be curious to see what it see. There we are back to curiosity again. Yes, Elizabeth Louis ** 24:16 I think, you know, I also think a lot of this is making up your mind and just doing it. I don't know if you've ever had a situation in your life where you're like, you know what, I'm just gonna make up my mind and this is what I'm gonna do burn the ships and move forward that can sometimes create a huge change in your life. Michael Hingson ** 24:33 Yeah, I mean, making up your mind making a decision. And again, I think it's important to do it for the right reason. So you make up your mind to do something and it doesn't necessarily work out just as you thought it would. Even that's okay. I I used to say all the time, I'm my own worst critic. Everybody does, right. They say I'm my own worst critic. I I'm gonna I don't want to look at this because I'm my own worst critic. What I've learned is, I'm my own best teacher, because I read somewhere, no one can teach you anything. You have to teach yourself. They can provide you the opportunity, they can tide you provide you the way, but you have to teach yourself. And I've learned that when I talk about listening to speeches, whenever I give a speech or listening to podcasts, when I do these, I love to go back and listen, because I want to hear me and see how I can make it better. But I've learned that it's not I'm my own worst critic, which is negative. It's I'm my own best teacher, which clearly is positive, and I can learn from even the best podcasts, or the best. I have the best of whatever I do, I can learn from that. Elizabeth Louis ** 25:40 Spoken like a true optimist. Michael Hingson ** 25:44 I love it. Oh, I've tended to be pretty optimistic in the world. Well, what you talk a lot about tough minded optimists. What is a tough minded optimist? Elizabeth Louis ** 25:53 A tough minded optimist is an individual who is usually faith driven, courageous, they're strong minded, they're positive, decisive, confident and intentional. And they value treating people with that unconditional love, that kindness, that compassion and that encouragement, I think a lot of people forget that. You can be a tough individual, right? You can be strong, determined able to face while also creating a framework of unconditional love or kindness. A lot of times I'm learning with some of my clients that they think it's one or the other is that all or nothing thinking, which is a dangerous trap to fall in. But you can you can have two opposing truths, if you will coexist. And it's it's learning how to rely on your resilience. And that optimism that something it really expecting something good to happen in the future is going to be your reward and whatever you're pursuing. Michael Hingson ** 26:49 Yeah, I think we oftentimes belt develop the wrong idea of what tough and tough mindedness needs to mean, I think it's resilient. But it doesn't necessarily mean that you're single minded to the point that you can't be open to other things and learn and grow from what you're doing. But you have to start somewhere. Elizabeth Louis ** 27:08 Agree it and I also don't think it means being aggressive, like, negatively aggressive, you can be assertive and still loving. And so it's again that that it's coming from that intentionality of kindness. Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 27:21 and love is something that is all around us and ought to be, I think, is Henry Drummond, who wrote the book, Love is the greatest thing in the world. It's a very short book, but it's a very relevant book, I think everyone should read because it, it talks about the fact that at the root of everything, love is really there. Elizabeth Louis ** 27:39 It really it really is, you just have to look for it. And unfortunately, not a lot of people have been given love. They know performance, love, but they don't know the type of love that humans really require. Which is unfortunate, but true. Michael Hingson ** 27:56 I talk about dogs a lot and talk about the fact that I do believe what people say that dogs love unconditionally. I don't think there's a question of that. I think that's in their makeup. They don't trust unconditionally, however. But the difference between dogs and what people have learned is that dogs are more open to developing a trusting relationship. And we tend to be, we could learn a lot from dogs in that, in that sense. Absolutely. Elizabeth Louis ** 28:24 And we could take it a little bit further to you know, dogs don't have the best memory, obviously, their prefrontal cortex is only 7% of their brain, whereas humans are 25% Not that our prefrontal cortex is where our memories are stored. But you know, the one thing about memories and the way our brain works is, you can't your memories not accurate at the end of the day. And so so many people get so locked in their past, when they're remembering their memories different every single time they remember them. And so you have to learn how to just let him go, my friend and I have a saying that every time our dogs blink, it's a new day, because their memory is so short. And it's like that's kind of the attitude you have to take you have to learn how to forgive and move forward. Not to say you need to enable people who hurt you. I mean, there's boundaries, right? But it's really learning how to like let go and move forward and hope for the best your past does not define your future. Michael Hingson ** 29:17 And that's really the issue your past can help you shape your future but that depends on how you choose to deal with it. Exactly. Elizabeth Louis ** 29:24 And your overall I would say identity which is your you know your mindset, your lens and your and your language and how you see the world. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 29:34 And I think that all too often I think you're right we we allow our memories to surface and sometimes some pretty strange ways. I think that we can learn to look at our memories and we can learn to learn from our memories, but again, we don't tend to very easily go into a mode of at the end of the day. Do some introspection in our worlds Elizabeth Louis ** 30:01 agree. And whenever I tell my whenever I have to do like trauma therapy with my clients, I remind them that you know how you're going to recall this traumatic memory is 100% Based on your self confidence, in your opinion of yourself today and the relations of these people. I mean, you cannot trust your memories, you can take insights and fine wisdoms and seeds in it. But you cannot accurately say that this memory is exactly what happened because your brain distorts it. Michael Hingson ** 30:31 Oh, can you learn? Or can you learn to? And can you help your brain developed to be more accurate and really relaying memories to you? Elizabeth Louis ** 30:40 There's things you can do to improve memory like, you know, older adults, it's really important for them to exercise at least three times a week. That is it has been proven to grow the hippocampus. But when it comes to like, accurate event memories, there's been a lot of interesting studies, you're not going to remember it effectively. There was this one study, and I can't remember who did it. But they they asked 14 year olds, what their life was like they asked him a series of questions about the quality of their life, the parenting, and were they faith based where they grown. And then they tracked them down in their 50s. And they asked them the same questions. And their answers completely contradicted. You know, the person who said they had a great childhood as an adult that they had a horrible childhood, the person who said I was raised as a Christian, as a child said, I was not raised as a Christian as an adult. And so your memories are really going to change based off of your perspective of life. So you really, you can't trust them. And really, the human brain was designed to not hold on to memories like that. But to be more Ford Focus, it's almost like a car, right? Like your windshield is the biggest window, you can see where the side side mirrors and the back mirror is very small for a reason, because we're supposed to be going forward, not backwards, right? Michael Hingson ** 31:59 Well, I know that when I think about my childhood, personally, and I have always, I think had pretty vivid memories of growing up. I don't view my childhood differently than I used to. But I do think that I sometimes express it differently. Like, I learned braille when I was in kindergarten in Chicago, and then the next year, we moved to California, and I didn't have a Braille teacher, or any kind of blindness related kind of teachings, until I went into the fourth grade, because we moved to a pretty rural area. And there were no teachers around to teach any of those skills. I would say today that I was probably more bored during, especially kindergarten, and not necessarily as active as other people in the class because I couldn't read books out loud or be part of a lot of those activities. But I also know deep down, I wasn't really bored. I listened. Right. So I, I think about that. So I'm sure in some senses, I could say I was probably more bored. But I don't recall being bored. But I do recall that, you know, I didn't have the opportunity to participate just like anyone else did, until I got to the fourth grade. And that was exciting, because then Braille books started arriving, which helped. But I've always really tried to keep memories and work. And I as a speaker for the last 22 years, I love to go back and listen even to some of the earlier presentations that I've given. Because I think they're also closer to September 11, having worked in the World Trade Center on that day. And I think that the earlier experiences are closer to it. But I like to go back and listen and make sure that I'm not changing a story. Unless there's some reason to add value. And I've had a few of those were there, there was a reason to, to change part of the story and add some value to it. But the memories are still the same. Elizabeth Louis ** 34:07 And some of those memories kind of more so border on facts of the overview, but when it comes to details of stuff, most of the time, you're inaccurate, and depending on you know what you've endured, you'll shift things. Memories. I mean, it's just not it's we're not supposed to spend that much time in our past. Right. Bringing your future into Your presence, Michael Hingson ** 34:25 right. Yeah. And so when I think of the past, it's all about what did I learn that I can use and one of the things that I have fun doing is I talk to people often about making choices, and one of the speeches that I give is all about making choices and that your choices are water going to in large part determine the direction you go, and I can trace back a long way to choices that I made that got me to the World Trade Center and got me to where I am today. And I can also then look at those and say If I make a good choice was the bad choice. And at the end of the day, did it really matter? Because it was still the choice that I made? It Elizabeth Louis ** 35:08 is true, right? Your choices are so important. It's it's definitely important to be intentional with a lot of choices. Michael Hingson ** 35:18 Yeah. And I think it's, I think it's important to look at, again, yourself at the end of every day and see how you can grow and improve from it. Like I said, we're our own best teachers. Well, I have brain Elizabeth Louis ** 35:31 Oh, sorry, no, go ahead. I was gonna say, well, the brain works best by reflection, discussion and movements. So one of the most powerful things you can do is intentionally reflect. I agree with that. I always reflect on my day at the end of the day, and I asked myself, Where can I? Where can I have been better? What did I learn? And how was I a champion today? Just to just to learn, right? I think reflection is so so powerful, because you, we're always learning, we're never gonna get life perfect. Michael Hingson ** 36:01 What's the other side of it is not only what could I have done better, but in the things that really went, well, anything else I could have done to enhance it? And I don't mind asking myself that question. And hopefully, sometimes get an answer that says, yeah, here's something else you could have done. Elizabeth Louis ** 36:16 Yeah. Or that awareness piece, right? Like, I think yesterday, I was slightly neurotic. And I like took a timeout and reflected like, Hey, why am I being neurotic and figured out the answer and move forward and re reoriented? And just, yeah, back to work? Michael Hingson ** 36:31 How do you help teach somebody to be a tough minded optimist, Elizabeth Louis ** 36:38 that's very much depends on where they are, and a little bit of their natural psychology. So one of the first things I do when I enroll a new client is I do a needs analysis. And it's where I get them to take four assessments. And I study and aggregate their data pretty aggressively to really have a thorough concept of who they are and how their mind thinks. And also the best way for me to teach them since that's so customizable, and one of the first things I look at as a psychometric assessment that scores them in 23, psychometrics, and there's actually a personality trait of tough mindedness that I look at as well as recognition and trust. And then their their ambition scores. And then from there, I kind of have to identify what's most impactful. For instance, if someone comes in and they have a very low score and trust, that tells me they're a pessimist, because trust and optimism are directly connected, just like low trust and pessimism are directly connected. So first, I have to increase their positive thinking, and usually their self efficacy. You've worked with a lot of high performers, maybe you've had this experience too, but some of them have very poor interpersonal traits. So they have low self esteem, they've got low self confidence, they're not very tough minded. They don't have the best ability at controlling their emotions and their temperament. And so first, you have to make sure the groundwork is done before we start building that first or second storey house. And then once we have the self efficacy and self confidence, and trust, strong, and we have their thinking more positive and their awareness grown, then it's teaching them how not to personalize things. And this is going to be very dependent on that thinking trap assessment. For instance, there is a thinking trap, that is called personalization, or discounting the positives. I want to know how quickly are they taking things to heart? Because let's be honest, Michael, like everyone has an opinion. And they're they all stink. They all say like, you don't have to agree with someone just because they say it. And that's why I look at that recognition score. Because I've learned high recognition, and sometimes even high nurturance can be a result of fear of man, meaning, you really see humans have the ability to affirm your worth, and you see them bigger than God or you might struggle codependency or peer pressure or people pleasing. And so we want to like take back power where power was never meant to be, if that makes sense. Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 39:07 it does. It's interesting. It's interesting that you say that, that an optimist is usually a person that that tends to be very trusting or has a lot of trust. The other side of that, though, is oftentimes don't people misplaced trust? And is that is that a skill that we need to better learn? Well, Elizabeth Louis ** 39:30 usually people who are misplacing their trust also have really high nurturance. And so they are that borderline codependent person that really is out of touch with their own emotions and wants to see the good in everything. So you have to have boundaries at the end of the day. I mean, I believe respecting people and always giving people the benefit of the doubt, but it's very easy to misplace your trust, especially if you come from trauma, I think, not to single out women but I just have seen it more in women Men, sometimes when there's been a woman who's had a traumatic past, they overshare. And it's like, stop, stop overly trusting people with your personal life, you have to learn some boundaries and learn that some of getting to know you is earned. You can't just blindly trust people and be foolish, there is a strategy, I guess we could argue to it. Michael Hingson ** 40:21 Yeah, I think that's probably make some sense that, that it's all about boundaries. Again, it gets back to like with the dog being open to trust. And I probably tend to be a little bit more trusting than I should. But I also have learned that while that's the case, I also say, okay, ultimately, I'm going to be open to trusting this individual, and I want them to trust me. But I'm going to look at everything that happens between us and so on, in order to decide whether I can put my trust in this individual. And I should do that to learn whether I trust them, I'm going to trust them, or do they have some other agenda? And and that's a problem. Elizabeth Louis ** 41:08 Exactly. And, you know, it's always important to reevaluate your relationships and who you're interacting with. Because sometimes you just gotta let people go, because it's not worth the energy. It's not worth the enabling them, right. And that's why you have to look at that high nurturance. Because those with high nurturance are more prone to enabling right there's a difference between forgiving and enabling. If someone keeps hitting you stop going back to them. You can forgive them from a distance. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 41:37 And that's the point you can forgive them. But you can do that from a distance. And there's nothing wrong with that. Yeah, just like you don't have to, you don't have to go back and say, I forgive you just so they can punch you in the mouth. Exactly. Elizabeth Louis ** 41:47 Like sometimes you have to learn how to love people from afar. Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 41:52 but still, love is the important part. Yeah, Elizabeth Louis ** 41:55 yeah. And you have to remember to and I think we don't do a good job, really in the world with this. But I think especially in America, love doesn't take away love freely gives. Whereas lust takes away. I always kind of chuckle when I get a client. They're like, they they're dating. Some of them like I'm so in love. I'm like, it's three months, it's three months, come on, you don't really know him that well, that last phase can last for about 24 months is what research this. Michael Hingson ** 42:21 When my wife and I decided to get married, we met in January of 1982. And in July, I proposed we, we we didn't talk a whole lot from January to probably the middle of March. And then we started talking more. She was a travel agent and I traveled I needed to travel to Hawaii, I needed to travel to Hawaii for some sales work that I needed to do in May. So I took my parents along. Karen was a travel agent. So she did our tickets and all that. And I just made the decision kind of on the way over I wanted to keep in touch with her and I called her twice a day from Hawaii. And that was fun. But in July, we propose I proposed and we got married in November. But we both have talked about that a lot since and what we decided was, we really knew from our own points of view what we wanted in a person. She was 33. I was 32. I would love to say I taught her everything. But you know, but but we were old enough that we approached it from the standpoint and we really knew what we wanted in a person. And it worked out for 40 years. Unfortunately, she passed this past November, but we were married 40 years. That's Elizabeth Louis ** 43:36 amazing. Oh, yeah, absolutely. And I think that's a big difference. You know, when I was saying that comment I was moreso thinking of, yeah, like clients who are serial daters who fall in love very quickly, in their mind's eye, right? You know, every girl or man they they get, it's like I'm in love. And I'm like, we need to maybe get you really clear on what she wants. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 43:58 And I know some people who are near my age who are and even and even, like 10 years younger, and they just decide they don't want to be alone, and they're off dating other people and all that. And that's fine. I think for me, I'm not sure that there would be a lot of relevance in in dating. And besides that, I know my wife is keeping an eye on me if I misbehave, I'm going to hear about it. Elizabeth Louis ** 44:24 Yeah. Well, and I think really what we're saying without saying it is the intention is so different, right? You know, it sounds like you and your late wife wanted to really create a partnership, whereas these people who are dating because they don't want to be alone. That's really a selfish reason of dating at the end of the day, you really stop and think about it. Michael Hingson ** 44:43 Yeah, it is. And the reality is, that's going back to you instead of a Wii. And maybe sometimes it sort of works, but is it really working? Because if you're doing it just because you want to be you don't want to be alone. That's the problem. Blum, Elizabeth Louis ** 45:00 it really is. And it's I'm going to also say it's not going to last, which is enforced right now. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 45:08 And it won't something is going to happen. Or if it if it lasts, it's going to be tumultuous. Oh, Elizabeth Louis ** 45:16 gosh, yes. Yeah. I mean, you were married for quite a bit time. I mean, it takes selflessness to be in a successful relationship. Michael Hingson ** 45:23 Yeah. But it is so much fun. Yeah, Elizabeth Louis ** 45:27 yes, it really is. When you meet the right person and you yourself are healthy, it can be so rewarding. Michael Hingson ** 45:33 Yeah. works out really well. Well, talking about the whole business of tough minded optimist, and so on again. The reality is we've we've discussed a lot about adversity and things that are a challenge in life. How does a tough minded optimists deal with adversity as opposed to other people? I gather, we're saying that the tough minded optimist is the way to go. I Elizabeth Louis ** 45:57 think so I might, you might be biased to that. Michael Hingson ** 46:03 Maybe we shouldn't talk about it. Just kidding. Yeah, what the heck it makes for a good podcast. Right? Elizabeth Louis ** 46:08 You know, most of the time. pessimist are just so easily defeated by adversity. And they fall into a huge spiral of self pity and even depression, which is, you know, a big, big umbrella. But what I've learned is the tough minded optimist, sees adversity as an opportunity to increase their character, their endurance, endurance, to grow, their faith, their hope, their belief, you know, they see these negative events as minor setbacks to be easily overcome and view positive events as evidence of further good things to come. Right. So it's not about like, pursuing the materialism. It's, it's about sharpening their skills in developing their character developing their endurance more, so that they can have just a better outcome, right? It's just it's an opera. It's like a trial right here. It's like, here's your opportunity to fight like a gladiator. Are you going to win? Are you going to lose? Are you going to be tough? You're going to do it? Are you going to sit there and complain? It's kind of am I allowed to cuss? Because I don't like to cuss but it's kind of like shit or get off the pie. Right? This is what you're facing. Let's make the best of it and see it as a challenge, not as a problem. Michael Hingson ** 47:20 Yeah. And, of course, that gets back to the whole issue of optimism. If you regard everything as a problem. You're never going to grow. Oh, Elizabeth Louis ** 47:30 and you're gonna have a crappy life. Because let's be real, you're gonna go from one problem to one problem. Life is rarely smooth sailing. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 47:39 So what does that get you? There's nothing wrong with challenges. It's all a question of how we deal with it and how we decide to approach life. I've always regarded life as an adventure. Like I regard the internet as a treasure trove of adventure. It's, it's, you know, there's the dark web and all that I appreciate that and have no interested in ever accessing it. If I have, I don't know what, and that's fine. But it's such an adventurous process to be able to deal with so much information. Rather than I have to have all of this information at my fingertips. I like the adventure. Elizabeth Louis ** 48:15 Yeah, and you know, what I love you, you shared there, this kind of goes back to curiosity, you know, that have to is such a perfectionistic mindset, right? You know, you desire to know all the knowledge versus that growth mindset of curiosity, and what's out there. I mean, I don't know how I don't know how people found information in the olden days. Now, I love encyclopedias. But you can just do it so much faster on the internet, and I will spend hours just researching and being curious and just learning because it's just so fascinating. All the things out there. Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 48:49 and there's so much and it's growing every day. Now, the unfortunate part is that most of the websites that are out there are not very accessible to people who are blind or who have a lot of other disabilities. It's like 98% of all websites, which is what accessibility helps to eliminate. But that also is an area of growth, where I think over time, we will recognize that we need to be more inclusive in presenting information so everyone has access to it. But it does tend to be a problem because again, we deal with the eye instead of the US. I Elizabeth Louis ** 49:20 would agree. And in fact, Michael I didn't even think about that, which I feel horrible, but I'm gonna admit it until I met you and then I was like, Oh my gosh, I need to fix my website so that it's more accessible to everyone because that was something I had never even it was like out of sight out of mind as much as I don't want to admit that. Michael Hingson ** 49:36 Well. I use out of sight out of mind all the time. I have a whole bunch of boxes a thin mints here at the house. I support the Girl Scouts, but a lot of them are in the freezer and a lot of them are up on a shelf and unless I happen to think about it, or happen to touch one of the boxes out of sight out of mind and they will be up there so I have a stash Elizabeth Louis ** 50:02 I'm going to come to your house. Michael Hingson ** 50:04 We have plenty of Thin Mints, and and venture fools and they're available. Like I said, supporting the Girl Scouts is an important thing to do, but they don't get eaten very fast. And so I've worked at keeping a decent weight. Oh, that's Elizabeth Louis ** 50:18 good. Because excuse. That's your, that's your excuse for sticking to it like it. Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 50:23 that's it. That's it. But it's but you know, but it's, but it's interesting that we really look at things in such interesting ways. And I and I hope that we'll all grow to be a little bit more open to the the weak concept, but it is a it is a challenge and it's in it's a skill that we need to learn. And I love your whole concept of tough minded optimist, because it's a skill. And it is something that anyone can develop if we work at it, Elizabeth Louis ** 50:53 when it's actually easier to be optimistic than pessimistic. Because let's be real, if fear felt good. Like we would do it more but feel fear, like we're not wired for fear. That's why it feels horrible. Whereas Love feels amazing. And so many of the pessimists out there are just bringing so much stress and anxiety onto their beings, when they don't have to like at some point, you have to learn how to focus on what's in your control and let go of everything else. Yeah, Michael Hingson ** 51:26 absolutely. The most important thing, and I think the most important concept that any of us could learn in today's world is don't worry about what you can't control focus on what you can't because it'll not drive you crazy to do that. Elizabeth Louis ** 51:40 I would agree. Last year, I went to a nurse psychotherapy training with some elite Ivy League professors and I was so excited to like nerd out with them because I specialize in neuro psychotherapy. So as a neuropsychologist conference, I apologize. And I was really excited to hear the like technicality and the jargon. And the biggest takeaway from one of the professor's was just like you have to learn how to control what you can control and let go of everything else. That is the biggest skill and the biggest freedom and I was just like, I'm so in agreement to that. But I was really expecting more nerdiness but I'll take it. Michael Hingson ** 52:16 Picky, picky, picky, right Elizabeth Louis ** 52:18 to write but it but that's the thing. Life is so much more simpler, then so many humans want to realize, Michael Hingson ** 52:26 yeah, it is just not that complicated. Now, I understand that it isn't necessarily easy to do. I have groused on this podcast a few times about weather prognosticators. So we had such rain and snow. even close to me, we live in a valley. So we got two inches of snow one Saturday afternoon. And that was the biggest snowstorm we had. So the kids didn't even get a snow day. But ski resorts within 30 miles of us that were five and six and 7000 feet higher than than we were. And they got a lot of snow. Okay, I appreciate that. And it was so much though that the some buildings collapsed and all that. And people were complaining about that. Then we got into May and all I kept hearing from all the weather people was May gray and June Gloom, it's gonna be cloudy and and you know, when are we going to get the sunshine and I'm sitting there going. You don't want to talk about the rest of what happens when we get all that sunshine, which is like 100 plus degrees and wildfires. Now we have 100 plus degrees of wildfires. And they're complaining that we're going to have to put up with his heat for so long. You can't ever Elizabeth Louis ** 53:36 please. No. But you know what, those people are pessimistic at the end of the day. Look at their focus. It's negative. Michael Hingson ** 53:42 Yeah, that's exactly the point is it's all negative. And it isn't doing any good. They have forgotten how to report and they want to put all this pessimism into it, which is so frustrating. Yeah, I hope people who are listening to happen to do the weather and you'll think about doing it differently in the future. Right? You're gonna say, Elizabeth Louis ** 54:01 Oh, I don't even remember anymore. I would agree. I stopped watching the news and especially the weather. Now I just like look at the radar. And I still have the same beliefs with the radar, as I do with the people because I mean, they're given it their best guess they could they could verbalize it with with optimism. But you know what the Newton. I mean, you've been around when the news went off. You know where it wasn't 24/7 the tone of the news has become more and more negative. And obviously, sensationalism sells, but like, I guess I'm still baffled that people are willing to accept it when it's like we know that this is their tone is negative. It's you're not going to hear great things. Michael Hingson ** 54:48 Once again, we're lowering our standards. Elizabeth Louis ** 54:50 Yeah, very well said my drop. Michael Hingson ** 54:54 It's It's pretty amazing. And it's so unfortunate that that it has to be that way. And you're right I do Do appreciate that sensationalism sells. But there are ways to present it. And then there are ways that maybe it shouldn't be presented. And I think that the media has an obligation to teach. And it's just unfortunate that they've not learned about how to teach. I Elizabeth Louis ** 55:17 used to work in the news, it's, it's it's such a business as it's gone. 24/7 And it used to be there, they would, they would teach, and they would share objectively and allow you to draw your own conclusions. Now, it's like, this is what you have to think. And if you don't think with it, if you don't agree, then you're wrong. You know, we don't have the ability to hold opposing truths anymore, like we used to, it's the lack of respect has decreased, I think we've Michael Hingson ** 55:48 forgotten how to have conversations to Elizabeth Louis ** 55:52 or like the fact that we could be friends, even if we have opposing opinions. Yeah. It's possible, the Michael Hingson ** 56:01 founder of the National Federation of the Blind, Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, and his wife were from opposite political parties. Yet, they never divorced. You know, the you can disagree. And you know, there were things that my wife and I disagreed about. And I know other people who have have long running marriages, and they, they can disagree, and that's part of what really makes a neat marriage is that you can disagree, you know, you can disagree. And it's okay. Because back to what teamwork and Teaming is all about? Elizabeth Louis ** 56:38 Well, and, and I think, too, one of the reasons I believe that so many people who are my age are struggling with staying married or staying in committed relationships is because a lot of us weren't taught how to regulate our emotions, or how to suck it up butterfly, right. We were allowed to just quit when the going got hard. And to think that you're going to fully agree with someone 100% of the time, it's just foolishness. I mean, your perspective is different than everyone else's. So to think you'll agree all the time is silly. But I think if we could teach kids how to regulate their emotions, and maybe not coddle them so much, we might have some different outcomes. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 57:20 And the other part about it is if if you agreed all the time, it'd be pretty boring. Right? It'd be a challenge. Right? I would agree. So it's okay to differ a little. I Elizabeth Louis ** 57:34 would agree, you know, and, I mean, also, most of what we talked about is opinions. Even science is a theory and for whatever, you know, first aid for theory, a theory B contradicts it. Yeah. Michael Hingson ** 57:48 And then when something comes along, and we really can prove it, what a joy. Right, exactly. So what do you do when you're not being a high performance coach? Elizabeth Louis ** 58:01 Oh, I love learning. Learning is something that I find so enjoyable. I love teaching, and I love exercising. My faith is really important to me. My puppy is really important to me. He's not a puppy, but he's a puppy. Michael Hingson ** 58:17 What kind? Elizabeth Louis ** 58:18 He's a Shih Tzu mix with a poodle. It's called a sheep. Michael Hingson ** 58:21 A sheep. Ooh, yeah. Yeah. They Elizabeth Louis ** 58:24 are apparently popular now. But he's, he's about 13. He's, he's the apple of my life. Michael Hingson ** 58:32 I have a seven year old black lab guide dog and a 13 and a half year old cat who runs the house? Yes. Yes, Elizabeth Louis ** 58:40 I bet. I bet. I bet it's um, it's funny. My I went to church this last Sunday, and there was this little short moment about cats and dogs and cats believe they are God. And dogs see their owner as God. Yeah. That's so accurate. It Michael Hingson ** 59:00 is absolutely so true. And you know, that's okay. My cat loves to get petted while she eats. She's developed this, and she'll yell at me until I come and pet her while she's eating less. And most of the time, it's okay. But she has also developed a little bit of a nap to try to get me to come in when I'm eating and I have started to push back a little bit and say stitch I'm eating. I'll be there when I'm done. Elizabeth Louis ** 59:27 Good for you. Michael Hingson ** 59:30 We got it. But you know, if she really wants me that badly, then she can come out and tell me rather than yelling from the bedroom. Elizabeth Louis ** 59:36 It's so my dog is like a husky in the sense of he's very talkative like that, too. And he has to have the last word and he and I will do a little bit of what it sounds like you and your cat do and I'm like, my dog's name some movement when I'm like, Man, we'll just chill buddy. Michael Hingson ** 59:53 Alamo the lab is absolutely wonderful and tends to just put up with anything and doesn't complain A bit. I have yet to hear him bark. And we've been together since February of 2018. But but he loves attention and he thinks he's a lap dog. If you sit on the floor, he's going to be in your lap and he's not going to
A state lawmaker in Michigan is asking the state to take another look at how it sets speed limits. Also, we'll bring you our annual reading of a short story about truckers, “Something for Stevie,” by author Dan Anderson. And girls in Wisconsin recently got a chance to explore the world of trucking. 0:00 – Newscast 10:07 – “Something for Stevie” 24:50 – Learning about the world of trucking 39:29 – Changing how speed limits are set
This week, Abbie Lown from Girl Scouts of River Valley, Barb Pecks from the Carpenters Union, and Laurie Trousil, Kraus-Anderson's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, join Build Me Up. The group talks about the Girl Scouts' Power Girls program which focuses on exposing middle school and high school girls to the trades and the impact it's having on not only the girls but their families as well. We also discuss the current state of women in the trades and what keeps some women from looking at trade work as a viable career. Kraus-Anderson recently sponsored an event at the Carpenters Union with the Girl Scouts, so we recap the day's activities and discuss the possibility of future events.
Today Jason, Calysta, and Nat (with live studio audience member Kobe) talk about our experiences in Boy and Girl Scouts. We all learn some new things about how the other organizations operate. ___ Thanks for listening to today's episode! Come back again soon for more great CFNC content and check out whatever we are up to now at the link below! If you enjoyed today's episode, share it with a friend and rate us on Spotify and Apple Podcasts! Linktree: linktr.ee/cfncpodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/cfnc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/cfnc/support
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In this captivating episode, Sharon Hagle, the CEO and Founder of SpaceKids Global, takes us on a journey beyond our atmosphere. We delve into Sharon's recent spaceflight experience on Blue Origin's NS-20, where she and her husband, Marc Hagle, made history as the first married couple to venture into space together on a commercial vehicle. The conversation explores the profound impact of the overview effect, providing a visceral sense of the change in the air upon returning to Earth. Sharon shares the unique perspective and inspiration gained from witnessing our planet from space, emphasising the transformative power of the experience. Highlighting their addiction to spaceflight, Sharon and Marc express their enthusiasm for returning to space with Blue Origin on a future flight. What sets this upcoming journey apart is their commitment to bringing the magic of space to the next generation. The couple plans to take a group of eight kids along for the launch, embodying the mantra "if you can see it, you can be it." This mission aligns with SpaceKids Global's core mission of inspiring students in STEAM+ Environment education and ensuring equal representation for girls in the space industry. Towards the end of the episode, Marc makes a special appearance, adding his perspective and enthusiasm for the upcoming space adventure. The episode paints a vivid picture of Sharon and Marc's dedication to space exploration, education, and the belief that exposing children to such experiences can ignite a passion for STEM fields and the boundless possibilities of the universe. OUTLINE: Here's approximate timestamps for the episode. 00:08 Intro to Episode 00:25 Sharon Hagle 01:16 Models and love of space 02:05 Blue Origin - when it actually happened! 03:22 Unexpected (and comfy) delays 05:21 First married couple on commercial vehicle! 06:33 The ascent 08:11 The overview effect 10:32 Space Kids Global 13:34 Keeping Kids interested in STEM 16:22 Girl Scouts USA 17:30 New initiatives 19:10 Artemis Generation 20:18 Origin Story 23:04 Virgin Galactic 24:15 Capturing Imaginations 25:58 Advice to young people 27:00 Highlight of Space Kids Global 28:26 Welcoming Mark! 29:20 Mark's Experience 30:55 Space Travel 31:50 SpaceX and the impact of private space companies 36:10 How has been married effected their marriage? 38:20 8 Kids plus parents can see a Blue launch! 39:41 Wrap Ups and Socials Follow Space Kids Global X: https://twitter.com/spacekidsglobal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thespacekidsglobal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spacekidsglobal/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBbnk-mxgfULHMYkuVhCmKQ Website: https://www.spacekids.global/ Stay connected with us! Use #Astroben across various social media platforms to engage with us! (NEW - YOUTUBE): www.youtube.com/@astrobenpodcast Website: www.astroben.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrobenpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gambleonit LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrobenpodcast/
Full transcription available at http://heartsofgoldpodcast.com/ Mirika's project aimed to promote literacy and engage youth with reading and literature. She organized workshops, conducted book drives, interviewed authors, and even started a podcast to share her love for reading. Despite facing challenges due to the pandemic, Mirika adapted her project to a digital format and expanded it globally, forming chapters in different countries. She also created a database of books and provided personalized book recommendations to children. Mirika reflects on her Girl Scout journey, highlighting the personal growth and leadership skills she gained. She encourages other Girl Scouts to take on the Gold Award challenge and emphasizes the flexibility and impact it can have. More from Mirika: For over a decade, my journey as a Girl Scout has woven a tapestry of leadership, service, and personal growth as I've worked toward earning my Bronze, Silver, and Gold Girl Scout awards. Being able to give back to my community through Girl Scouts has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and the program has instilled in me a lifelong commitment to service. In high school, I actively engaged in community service initiatives through volunteering with different nonprofits. I was also highly involved with my school's newspaper and publications, varsity swim team, and various research labs. I plan to continue my academic journey at Harvard University, where I intend to concentrate in Molecular Biology and Government. I hope to pursue a career at the intersection of scientific advancement and societal well-being. I am looking forward to broadening my horizons and expanding my Gold Award project to reach youth in Cambridge through partnering with local organizations. My journey with Girl Scouts has been fulfilling and inspiring, and I am excited to see where my future endeavors take me as I continue to grow and develop as a leader and changemaker. https://www.bookorators.org/ @bookorators on Instagram and Linkedin Key takeaways from the episode: Mirika's Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Book Raiders, aimed to engage youth with reading and literature. She hosted workshops, conducted book drives, interviewed authors, and even started a podcast to share her love for reading with others. Mirika's inspiration for her project came from her own love for reading and her observation of how technology and STEM education have taken precedence over reading in children's lives. She wanted to reconnect younger children with books and emphasize the importance of reading for communication skills. Mirika faced challenges during her project, especially when the pandemic hit and she had to shift everything to a digital format. However, she overcame these challenges by creating a website, reaching out to like-minded individuals globally, and expanding Book Raiders into a global organization with chapters in different countries. She also learned that the Gold Award process is flexible and allows Girl Scouts to pursue their passions and make a meaningful impact in their communities. Share this show with your friends on Twitter. Click to have an editable, already written tweet! https://ctt.ac/33zKe Sign up for our newsletter: https://bit.ly/3rx06pr Join our Facebook Community https://www.facebook.com/sherylmrobinson/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sherylmrobinson/?hl=en Please subscribe to Hearts of Gold on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/sherylmrobinson or on your favorite podcast app. Support future Hearts of Gold episodes at https://www.patreon.com/heartsofgold Editing by https://www.offthewalter.com/ Walter's YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt0wFZRVaOpUd_nXc_8-4yQ
With the holiday season being in full effect, are you hiding snacks from your family at home? Chet and Kayla discuss male short shorts as high fashion + a group of ladies stole from the Girl Scouts?! That and much more on The Chet Buchanan Show!
Today's guest is my friend and former GSACPC colleague, Amber R. She currently works for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois council. Her experience is in conflict resolution, recruitment, and volunteer support and in today's episode, she's sharing some stories about her own Girl Scout experiences, some advice for troop leaders about conflict resolution, and some insight into the focus areas of the Movement based on what our girls are up against today.
Capital campaigns, bake sales, church dinners, and Girl Scout cookie sales...how should churches navigate these things? Is it wrong to try to sell things in a church building while people are coming to worship?In today's episode, Pastor Jackie and Pastor Derek answer a question from a church member about whether selling food/items in a church building is acceptable or not. Jesus has flipped tables over before due to this sort of thing, so we seek to navigate the Scriptures carefully and see the heart behind these things and whether or not it's ever acceptable to do. In a world of sales and solicitation, it's important that the church navigates it right. The 17:17 podcast is a ministry of Roseville Baptist Church (MN) that seeks to tackle cultural issues and societal questions from a biblical worldview so that listeners discover what the Bible has to say about the key issues they face on a daily basis. The 17:17 podcast seeks to teach the truth of God's Word in a way that is glorifying to God and easy to understand with the hope of furthering God's kingdom in Spirit and in Truth. Scriptures: Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-46; John 2:13-17; Deut. 14:22-26; 2 Sam. 24:21-24; Acts 4:34-37; Matt. 26:7-10; John 12:3-6; Luke 6:34-35; Deut. 16:17; 2 Cor. 9:7; Exo. 35:21-24, 29; 1 Chr. 29:1-9; 1 Cor. 9:12; Rom. 14:21; Matt. 6:31-33.Please listen, subscribe, rate, and review the podcast so that we can reach to larger audiences and share the truth of God's Word with them!Write in your own questions to be answered on the show at email@example.com. God bless!
Marilyn Bush, President, Bank of America St. Louis, Dr. Natissia Small, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Blake Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Talent Development & Advocacy, International Institute of St. Louis join Tom and Debbie in studio with an announcement from Bank of America on an investment through the neighborhood builders program.
The good news is that Jesus doesn't expect us to have blind luck on our side. Jesus doesn't want us to have a flask of oil, or 5 bobby pins, or an ironing board, and a pack of gum. We're not called to be prepared. We're called to be awake. There will be situations and people that we will never be able to predict or to prepare for. But as long as we are awake to the world around us, God can do something wonderful through us.
Deborah Watson Andress is a wife, a mother of three, a grandmother of eight...and a proud Southern woman who places a strong emphasis on faith, family, and creating memories through creative events and whimsical art. She is the creator of Nana's Camp in a Box—a box inspired by her own personal experience of hosting a Nana's Camp for her family for the past 11 years and designed as a tool to foster creativity among families. She's a Christian with a wild imagination and has always been fascinated with the intricate details of all the things God has created around her. She often enjoys capturing these things in the form of a photograph, a drawing, a painting, or in the written word. She strives to share these details, these moments, and these memories with younger generations. She believes that it's when we embrace the creativity that lies within us that we begin to fully see who we are in Christ and His direction for our lives. Upcoming Events: Oct 26: Paint Talks. Launch Nana's Camp in a Box: Christmas/Winter Edition Nov 6: *MadeTV—Homer at the Beach…1st of 3 Snowmen Holiday Series Nov 13: *MadeTV—Homer on Broadway…2nd of 3 Snowmen Holiday Series Nov 17th: Launch Christmas Collection & Ornaments @thetatteredartist .com Nov 20: *MadeTV—Homer at the Rodeo…3rd of 3 Snowmen Holiday Series Fun Facts: 1) As a child, I was a Girl Scout; and I won Cookie Queen 3 years in a row. I like personality tests; I'm from Fun Country. I once designed and planned a Christmas Drive through a City Park. I've planned and hosted a Nana's Camp for 11 years for my grandchildren. Without any prior experience, I designed, hand drew my own blueprints, and served as the general contractor to build my 5200 sq ft, 3-story home; it was off only 3” on one corner which was corrected by the truss company. I own a paint manufacturing company with my husband. Website https://thetatteredartist.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thetatteredartist Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thetatteredartist
Full transcription available at http://heartsofgoldpodcast.com/ Amira created a three-day program to inspire youth to get involved in civic engagement and political campaigns, regardless of their political party. Amira discusses her inspiration for the project, including her experience working with older individuals in the political landscape at a young age. She also shares a life-altering event that motivated her to pave a better path for others interested in joining campaigns. Despite not being old enough to vote, Amira remains actively involved in campaigns. Tune in to hear her inspiring story of youth empowerment and activism. More from Amira: Amira Ismail is a 17-year-old Egyptian-Palestinian teen organizer and youth leader in her community of Woodside and Astoria Queens in New York City. There, she leads the Muslim Girl Scouts of Astoria, composed of Arab youth aged 5 to 18. Working with MGSA, she has become an advocate for Girl Scouts at the council and national level, speaking at events, unveiling programs, frequently participating, and leading in virtual programming for the organization. As an intern for GSGNY, Amira created new badge guides to be used across the nation, advocated for creating Arab Heritage Month programming for the Girl Scouts events calendar, and designed the program. In the fall of 2021, she was a Muslim Community Network youth fellow where she discovered the value of civic education and developed the ability to comprehend a variety of perspectives on critical current events confidently. She also is a Malikah youth fellow where she creates programming for North African youth promoting leadership in young people through lessons in financial literacy, community organization, and political activism. Most recently, Amira has embarked on creating her program, launching earlier this year, titled Make U Listen. There, she continues her passion for civic engagement at the youth level, educating young people on how to get involved in the political process despite barriers of age, gender, and ethnicity. In speaking of the hardships she has faced in reaching her position of prominence and influence in her community, she hopes to inspire young people to advocate for their passions. Key takeaways from the episode: 1️⃣ Passion and Commitment: Amira's Gold Award project took three years to complete, and she faced challenges. However, she never gave up and stayed committed to her goal. It's a reminder that when we are passionate about something, we must trust our intuition and persevere, even when faced with obstacles. 2️⃣ Empowering Youth: Amira's project aimed to inspire and engage young people in civic engagement and political campaigns, regardless of their political party. She recognized the importance of giving youth a voice and creating opportunities for them to make a difference. It's a powerful reminder that young voices matter and can significantly impact shaping our communities. 3️⃣ Building Community: Amira's involvement in her council and various Girl Scout activities showcased the power of community. From creating a Girl Advisory Board to organizing events and programs, she actively worked towards bringing people together and creating a supportive network. It's a reminder that we can achieve more when we collaborate and support one another.
Episode Summary In this episode of Sunny Side Up, Kieran Conway interviews Gail Buffington, a seasoned expert in analytics. Drawing from her rich background in both marketing and analytics, Gail discusses the importance of using diverse data sources to gain deeper business insights. She shares insights from her role at MilliporeSigma, emphasising the value of blending internal and external data, collaborating with third-party data providers, and the innovative use of public data sets. Gail's main message? Adopt a broad, exploratory approach to data to unlock its full potential. About the Guest Gail Buffington is the Head of Data Science and Analytics for Millipore Sigma, a global life sciences company. Previously, she worked in retail as vice president of marketing and analytics for a women's apparel company. She has over 15 years of experience across a wide breadth of data careers. Outside of her current role, she also serves as a training officer with the United States Army and is a Girl Scout troop leader. Connect with Gail Buffington Key Takeaways - An ability to sell or promote is not limited to products; it can be applied to skills, teams, and contributions. - Analytics teams should focus on quantifying their contributions to showcase their impact on the company's success. - Not all anomalies in data are harmful; some can offer positive insights and opportunities. - Relying solely on internal data may limit the understanding of more significant trends and influencing factors. External economic data can provide context and predictive insights. - The value of forecasting lies not just in the data itself but in understanding the influences behind that data. - Challenging preconceived notions and expanding data sources can lead to more accurate and insightful predictions. - Solely focusing on primary metrics like revenue might limit the understanding of a situation. - Approach public data broadly and avoid restricting yourself to apparent connections. - Realise that correlations may only sometimes be apparent, requiring more profound analysis and consideration. - Utilise the extensive directories and resources available on government websites to access many data sets. - Embrace an exploratory attitude in analytics, allowing for brainstorming and discovery. Quote “Being able to see that full picture allows us to get to a spot where we can utilise data that otherwise is very interesting, but doesn't give us the tools we need to unlock any insights with it.” – Gail Buffington Recommended Resource Towards Data Science Stack Overflow Connect with Gail Buffington | Follow us on LinkedIn | Website
The HCA Healthcare Foundation and Girl Scouts of the USA recently launched a national Mental Wellness Patch Program to address mental wellness among young women. Developed in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the patch programs are currently available to all Girl Scout councils nationwide. Locally, HCA Virginia and Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth have joined forces to implement the program, which is specifically designed for girls in grades 4-12. The new program encourages girls to learn about mental wellness, recognize and understand their feelings, effectively cope with mental health challenges, and feel comfortable seeking help. Patches include...Article LinkSupport the show
Welcome back to the AppleGrant Book Club, where we discuss K.A. Applegate's 'Everworld' - we're reading the Book 11 Part 2! In this episode, Kaycie sings about a fireworks grocer, Alex asks if you want to Jackson Pollock your bones, Tim growls “don't doxx the dead!”, and we all re-brand the Girl Scouts as Pokemon. Join us each month on the first and the fifteenth for new episodes.
Happy Founders Day TODAY, October 31. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the USA, was born on October 31, 1860. In honor of her birthday, this week, we are talking about Juliette Low!
#BeAGoodFriend and check out episode #87 of #FeeneyTalksWithFriends featuring The WeHa Shark. It was great to sit down, talk and laugh with my newest #friend, The WeHa Shark! The WeHa Shark runs the Facebook page called, “WeHa Enemies and Distant Cousins”. We talked about: Shark Week (minute 1.00) The Facebook page called “WeHa Enemies and Distant Cousins” (minute 2.30) Biggest Donation to FoF will win “Dinner with The WeHa Shark” (minute 4) Podcast Sponsors (minute 6) 3 Keys to being “The WeHa Shark” with #sharkasm (minute 9) Posts: First, Last, Best, Worst (minute 12) Keith Griffin is a great shark! (minute 16) The WeHa Shark bought a lot of Girl Scout cookies (minute 19) The WeHa Shark's favorite comedians (minutes 21) WeHa Enemies and Distant Cousins Scavenger Hunts (minute 24) The WeHa Shark's favorite restaurant (minute 30) 4 Dinner Guests for Dinner (minute 36) The WeHa Shark's favorite teacher (minute 38) 2nd Annual Friends of Feeney Golf Tournament (minute 39) How “Doro” got their name (minute 43) Why doesn't Effie's Place have Ranch dressing? (minute 45) The movie, Jaws (minute 49) Top Gun for Nintendo (minute 52) Feeney was a Finalist for Teacher of the Year (minute 55) Feeney's sister and brother in Cape Cod (minute 57) The WeHa Shark's favorite donut (minute 1.00) The most “instagrammable” food in The Center is the roasted cauliflower at Zohara (minute 1.08) The Sound of Freedom movie (minute 1.09) Enter to win “Dinner with The WeHa Shark” (minute 1.15) Podcast Sponsors: Donut Crazy - www.donutcrazy.com The Fix IV - www.thefixivtherapy.com West Hartford Lock - www.westhartfordlock.com Keating Agency Insurance - www.keatingagency.com Goff Law Group - www.gofflawgroup.net Luna Pizza - www.lunapizzawh.com/lunas-menu PeoplesBank - www.bankatpeoples.com --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/friendsoffeeney/support
Right now, Amanda Pizzoferrato is a Cookie Marketer. No, she's not a Girl Scout. Her's is the innovative Corso Cookie brand. She loves the daily learning of launching a direct sales online marketing practice. It's not unlike her previous venture, 'cooking up' a popular sandwich cafe - the Sleepy Rooster. And yes, she's another of Dave's former students.
To quote the Girl Scouts USA website – “Before she can launch a company or launch into space, she'll need to believe she can do it. Join us to lift up the next generation of women and help them find their own pathways to success. Then, watch girls learn, grow, discover—and soar to new heights…” My guests today are Girl Scouts of Maine, Board of Director Member - Jennifer Kruszewski, and her nine-year-old daughter Violet. Jennifer is a partner at the law firm of Epstein & O'Donovan, LLP, where she is a tax practitioner specializing in trusts and estates. She currently serves as the 3rd Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Maine. As important as all of that sounds, her most esteemed position is that of Mother of our other guest, Violet Bailey. Violet is a Junior Girl Scout with Troop 1240 in Portland, Maine. She is in the 4th grade, and she is an artist and budding entrepreneur with a business called ViSophia Designs.Both have found an incredible network of women and girls who enrich their lives along with new opportunities to help them grow.Links to Check Out:Girl Scouts of Maine WebsiteGirl Scouts of Maine LinkedInGirls Scouts of Maine FacebookGirl Scouts of Maine Instagram - @girlscoutsofmaineGirl ScoutsDonate to support Girl Scouts of Maine: www.girlscoutsofmaine.org/supportFollow Daughters of Change:Website:Facebook:InstagramLinkedInMarie's LinkedIn:Daughters of Change Podcast Producer: Sarah StaceySarah's LinkedIn Profile
Joining Brenna this week of The Girl Scout Advantage Podcast is Acadia Hahlbrock! Acadia is a Girl Scout Alum who achieved her Gold Award, and as she grew, she noticed the profound impact Girl Scouts had on her. She became a trop leader to share this profound impact with the next generation of Girl Scouts so they can also learn to be brave and take risks in a safe and supported environment. Acadia stresses that there is no one Troop Leader magician who knows it all and does everything perfectly like she saw in her Troop Leader growing up. By putting girls back out into the world to take risks and be bold, she found that the magician turned out to be inside of her and could be inside of any of you. As a Troop Leader, you can inspire girls with the magic of Girl Scouts every day! Welcome to the newest season of the Girl Scout Advantage podcast! In this season, each week, Brenna will talk with different Girl Scout Volunteers about their experience with Girl Scouts and what makes the work they do so unique and rewarding.
In this week's episode, we honor the birthdays of historical figures like John Adams, the second President of the United States, and Daniel Boone, the American pioneer and frontiersman. But that's not all! We'll also be giving a shoutout to Juliet Gordon Lowe, the incredible founder of the Girl Scouts. We also dive into the mysterious world of manatees, share some listener jokes, dish about our favorite Halloween costumes, and are amazed by some fascinating kidney transplant trivia.So, grab your headphones, gather around, and us on this incredible adventure in the world of Wonderworld. We can't wait to share our love for learning, laughter, and everything in between. Until next time, keep wondering!Links and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Manatee Facts for Kids All About Kidneys – Basics for KidsThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
This week we are catching up with Merana Cadorette, a lifetime Girl Scout who is focused today on history, archives, and art. Join her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/FLGirlScoutCollection Check out the Juliette Low book she refers to here: https://www.amazon.com/Stacy-A.-Cordery/e/B001H6L8HU You can find the 2nd edition of the Collector's Guide here: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Degenhardt/e/B001JS5BN8
Community-wide Halloween fun is coming your way with Hometown Halloween, a Growl-O-Ween Pet Walk, a Spooktacular kids Halloween event and Spirited Ladies tours at the Baker House. You'll hear from a local Girl Scout about the importance of her group's annual Pajama and Book Drive, and you will not want to miss out on the giving clubs showcase, along with some art sales this weekend. There is a lot of variety on the entertainment front from a lobby lunch event to a cabaret series. Find out more about a circus like you have never seen before. And good luck to local high school sports teams who are competing at district tournaments this week!
Shop Talk exposes some unforeseen repair costs for owners of electric vehicles such as the Rivian R1T pick-up. Because of gigacasting a fender bender repair can cost as much as $40K or more. Caught My Eye prepares you for a cost increase of your favorite Girl Scout cookies, and they have discontinued their most popular cookie of 2023. Also, ladies of the night strip down at all hours now in California city to blatantly flaunt their wares. The Mayor of National City blames it on the Governor's recent signing of a bill that leaves a loitering loophole for prostitutes. The Founder of toy retailer FAO Schwarz, Frederick Schwarz, is our Business Birthday.We're all business. Except when we're not.Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrCSpotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMbStitcher: bit.ly/1N97ZquGoogle Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVWPandora: pdora.co/2pEfctjYouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5aAlso follow Tim and John on:Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradioTwitter: www.twitter.com/focusgroupradioInstagram: www.instagram.com/focusgroupradio
John and Evan talk about the food news of the week. Peppers got hotter, bye bye to a Girl Scout favorite, frozen food advent calendars and more. Thanks for listening!!!
In this episode of Charity Therapy, we're diving deep into the mysterious realm of nonprofit chapters and affiliates. If you've ever been perplexed by the nonprofit world's labyrinth of structures and systems, we've got your back! Meghan and I will explain the crucial differences between chapters and affiliates (who knew they were different?!) and how they can intertwine in an intricate organizational matrix. In this journey through the nonprofit universe, we're going to tackle the question that keeps many of us up at night: To start a nonprofit or not to start a nonprofit? For a group that's a small chapter of a larger national org, that question can be really tricky! We'll discuss the importance of understanding the support (if any) a national organization gives its chapters or affiliates and all the implications of going out on your own. Spoiler alert - sometimes it's better not to start a new organization at all! Strap in for a ride through the intricacies of nonprofit structures, full of laughs, a-ha moments, and practical advice. Whether you're a seasoned veteran in the nonprofit sector, contemplating starting your own organization, or just fascinated by this world, this episode is for you. As we say in the biz, there's never a dull moment in the nonprofit sector - let's dive in and enjoy the ride! In this episode, you will hear: The differences between chapters and affiliates (and why it matters!) How organizational structures can easily get super complex The big question: Do you take a chapter and spin it off to be its own nonprofit entity? What kinds of support an organization may give its chapters and affiliates Why sometimes your group doesn't need to be a nonprofit at all! Resources from this Episode Sign up for the Birken Law Email list: https://birkenlaw.com/signup/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/birkenlaw Follow and Review: We'd love for you to follow us if you haven't yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We'd love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
Full transcription available at http://heartsofgoldpodcast.com/ Callie shares her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which focuses on addressing the issue of food deserts in her town. She talks about her long-standing connection with the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum and how she proposed the idea of creating a garden there to combat the lack of access to healthy foods. Inspired by World War II victory gardens, Callie's project aims to provide a sustainable solution for her community. More from Callie: My name is Callie Majors and I am from Pendleton, South Carolina. My Girl Scout journey started when I was five years old at the Daisy level. Throughout my time in Girl Scouts, I have participated in many summer camps, community service activities, Girl Scout Trail Blazers, destinations, and earned my Bronze, Sliver, and Gold Award. Growing up, I was also a part of Cross Country, Track and Field, Symphonic Band, The American Legion, Girls State, Beta Club, and National Honors Society. I am currently at the United States Military Academy beginning my second year. After graduation, I will commission into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and my goal is to become an Aviation Officer. After 20 years in the Army, I plan to retire and begin my career as a Park Ranger for the National Forest Service. I would like to mention, however, the activity where I developed the most communication, confidence, planning, leadership, character, mental fortitude, and public speaking skills was in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts is the biggest contributor to my success that I am experiencing today and I will be forever grateful.
You've been tirelessly working on your writing, pouring your heart and soul into your stories, but when it comes to getting published, you're hitting a brick wall. You've been told to simply keep submitting your work, but the rejections keep piling up, leaving you frustrated and demoralized. Guest, Annalisa Summea reveals the her individualized program to help you accomplish your writing goals. Get some freebees straight from the publishers and more on this episode of Am I Write!Resourceshttps://datewiththemuse.com/freeagentguide/www.StorytellingForPantsers.comwww.DateWithTheMuse.comwww.writing-gym.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnalisaCParent/Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/1767454483477408/Twitter @annalisaparentStage Whispers, by Annalisa: https://a.co/d/8mNNlFYAcross the Universe Series by Beth Revis: https://www.goodreads.com/series/56124-across-the-universe About AnnalisaAnnalisa Summea helps writers to finish novels, publish traditionally and live the author lifestyle. She writes for many local, national, and international publications, has written and produced sketches for a Telly-Award winning CBS television show. She and her work have been featured on Huffington Post Live, PBS, The New York Times, and The Associated Press, as well as many podcasts, radio and television programs.Her book Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Outline and Revise your Novel without an Outline is a recipient of a CIPA EVVY Silver award for Best Business Book, and a finalist in the humor category. Her newest title is Stage Whispers: A Living History, Retold.Annalisa has taught writing around the world, spoken at writing conferences in New York, London, Paris, Boston, and beyond. When she's not writing, you can find her walking her dog, camping with her Girl Scout troop, or volunteering with the Rotary Club.
This week on The Girl Scout Advantage Podcast, Jennifer Cline joins Brenna to talk about her time as a Girl Scout experience. Alum, Jennifer shares all about her about 16 years as a Girl Scout leader. Jennifer shares the importance of a troop being girl led and how she encourages her girls to be. She also talks about the amazing adventures Girl Scouts offers not only for the girls but for volunteers as well. Welcome to the newest season of the Girl Scout Advantage podcast! In this season, each week, Brenna will talk with different Girl Scout Volunteers about their experience with Girl Scouts and what makes the work they do so unique and rewarding.
This week we are bringing you an awesome interview with Susan Eckers, who was a Girl Scout leader across all levels for her own daughter and then stayed on to train and mentor other volunteers, and to serve on her council's history committee. She's attended both the 75th and 100th anniversary celebrations and has gone to nearly every convention in her time as a Girl Scout volunteer. Girl Scouts is such a big part of her family that even her husband serves on her council's history committee! Susan shares not just some interesting stories and memories of her own experiences, but she also shares some tips and best practices and advice for leaders, some historical perspective and history including multiple great Juliette Low stories, and more!
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Rinki Sethit, CISO at BILL, discusses her journey in cybersecurity from roles at early cloud adopters like Intuit and Twitter to security vendors like Palo Alto Networks and ultimately to board roles at companies like ForgeRock.ABOUT RINKI: VP & CISO (CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER) Rinki is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at BILL, where she will be leading the global information technology functions and is also responsible for leading efforts to protect BILL's information and technology assets and advice the company's continued innovations in the security space. Rinki Sethi brings decades of security and technology leadership expertise and was recently VP & CISO at Twitter and Rubrik Inc. Rinki has been at the forefront of developing cutting edge online security infrastructure at several Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Intuit, eBay, Walmart.com, and PG&E. Rinki also serves on the board of ForgeRock, a public company in the identity and access management space and Vaultree, a data encryption company. Rinki holds several recognized security certifications and has a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering from UC Davis and a M.S. in Information Security from Capella University. Rinki has served on the development team for the ISACA book, “Creating a Culture of Security” by Stephen Ross and was the recipient of the “One to Watch” Award with CSO Magazine & Executive Women's Forum in 2014 and more recently the Senior Information Security Practitioner Award with ISC2 in 2018. Most recently, in 2023, she was recognized in Lacework's top 50 CISOs list. She led an initiative to develop the first set of national cybersecurity badges and curriculum for the Girl Scouts of USA. Rinki serves as a mentor for many students and professionals.SPONSER NOTE: Support for Cloud Ace podcast comes from SANS Institute. If you like the topics covered in this podcast and would like to learn more about cloud security, SANS Cloud Security curriculum is here to support your journey into building, deploying, and managing secure cloud infrastructure, platforms, and applications. Whether you are on a technical flight plan, or a leadership one, SANS Cloud Security curriculum has resources, training, and certifications to fit your needs. Focus on where the cloud is going, not where it is today. Your organization is going to need someone with hands-on technical experience and cloud security-specific knowledge. You will be prepared not only for your current role, but also for a cutting-edge future in cloud security. Review and Download Cloud Security Resources: sans.org/cloud-security/ Join our growing and diverse community of cloud security professionals on your platform of choice: Discord | Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube
In the return-to-office tug of war, the poor, forgotten Fiddle Leaf Figs fortunately don't have to fend for themselves anymore. Businesses have been popping up, particularly around New York City, that'll bring a crew of plant caretakers to keep the offices of companies like Netflix and Google green. Plus: Microsoft's big win and inflation comes for Girl Scout cookies. Join our hosts Ben Berkley and Sara Friedman as they take you through our most interesting stories of the day. Follow us on social media: TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thdspod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thdspod/ Thank You For Listening to The Hustle Daily Show. Don't forget to hit Subscribe or Follow us on Apple Podcasts so you never miss an episode! If you want this news delivered to your inbox, join millions of others and sign up for The Hustle Daily newsletter, here: https://thehustle.co/email/ Plus! Your engagement matters to us. If you are a fan of the show, be sure to leave us a 5-Star Review on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hustle-daily-show/id1606449047 (and share your favorite episodes with your friends, clients, and colleagues). “The Hustle Daily Show” is a HubSpot Original Podcast // Brought to you by The HubSpot Podcast Network // Produced by Darren Clarke.
I sit down with my friend Cathy to talk about Finance. Cathy and I run our Girl Scout troop and we came up with a finance badge to teach the kids about income/budgeting, taxes, banking, credit cards, marriage income, and much more! Our next book club book is “From Strength to Strength” by Arthur C. Brooks: https://www.amazon.com/Strength-Finding-Success-Happiness-Purpose/dp/059319148X I have WOTP merch! You can buy a brand new Wife of the Party mug, shirt, or a tote bag at https://bertyboyproductions.com/wife-of-the-party If you have any questions you would like me to answer on the podcast feel free to email me from my website at https://bertyboyproductions.com/wife-of-the-party Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast!
Daniel Bauer is a master of Mindful School Leadership with a knack for weaving captivating stories. As a former chronically late student, he once resorted to a creative fib about saving a Girl Scout troop from a burning building to dodge detention – a moment that illuminated the power of storytelling. Since then, Danny has honed his storytelling prowess and now shares inspiring narratives through the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast, a top-ranked show in the top 0.5% of 3 million global podcasts. He's also penned two bestselling books, “Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader” and “Build Leadership Momentum: How to Create the Perfect Principal Entry Plan.” Danny's enthusiasm for stories extends to his in-person leadership workshops at national conferences and school districts, where he empowers and inspires school leaders. His mission is clear: “to connect, grow, and mentor every school leader who wants to level up.” Listen & Subscribe on: iTunes / Stitcher / Podbean / Overcast / Spotify Contact Info Website: www.BetterLeadersBetterSchools.com Download The School Leadership Scorecard™ Book: Build Leadership Momentum: How to Create the Perfect Principal Entry Plan by Daniel Bauer and Ariel Curry Influential Person Dan Sullivan (The Strategic Coach) Goal Of Your New Book In his latest book, “Build Leadership Momentum: How to Create the Perfect Principal Entry Plan,” Daniel Bauer sets forth two primary objectives. First and foremost, Bauer seeks to revolutionize how high-achieving school leaders approach their ambitious goals. Drawing inspiration from Dan Sullivan's concept of “who, not how,” he underscores the value of seeking collaboration and assistance rather than being mired in the “how” of achieving objectives. Bauer understands that time is a precious constraint, especially for passionate individuals bursting with ideas. His book offers a practical, no-nonsense approach to help modern-day school leaders swiftly implement their plans. The book, co-authored with Ariel Curry, provides concise, easily digestible content that can be read in just 60 to 90 minutes, allowing readers to focus the remaining time on executing their entry plans efficiently. The second aim is to supply practical resources that cater directly to the needs of school leaders, empowering them to navigate their roles effectively. Released in the summer to give principals ample time to prepare for the school year, this book ensures that leaders can efficiently create their entry plans, devoid of unnecessary fluff, thus facilitating their quest for success. Challenges of School Leadership In the educational landscape of North America, specifically in the United States and Canada, school leadership has evolved into a highly politicized and pressurized endeavor. The burden on school leaders today is undeniably formidable. They grapple with multifaceted challenges, and the stress can be overwhelming. In this context, mindfulness and meditation emerge as invaluable tools. A dedicated meditation practice can be a transformative asset for school leaders, enhancing their capacity to navigate the intricate web of responsibilities and expectations. Meditation provides a mental sanctuary, enabling them to find clarity and resilience amid the chaos. The benefits extend across all facets of their roles, empowering them to make more informed decisions, lead with composure, and foster a positive and productive educational environment. Including meditation as part of mindful school leadership is an essential way to address the relentless challenges of modern school leadership. Suggested Resources Book: Build Leadership Momentum: How to Create the Perfect Principal Entry Plan by Daniel Bauer and Ariel Curry Book: Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader by Daniel Bauer Book: The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap: Small Ideas That Lead to Big Impact by Daniel Bauer App: Band Camp App: Insight Timer Words of Advice I would advise leaders to consider exploring mindfulness in a gradual and accessible way. If the idea of a 7-day silent retreat seems daunting due to time and financial constraints, start with a one-day retreat or attend an evening talk on mindfulness. This allows you to dip your toes into the practice and understand its potential benefits without making an extensive commitment. For those who view mindfulness as a casual hobby or a stress-relief tool, my challenge is to take it a step further. Resolve to adopt a plan to achieve mindful school leadership. Delve into the practice of mindfulness with the intention of unlocking its deeper potential in your life. Mindfulness can be a transformative tool, offering not only peace and stress reduction but also profound insights into your own mind, emotions, and decision-making. Mindfulness can enhance your leadership skills, increase self-awareness, and foster a more harmonious work environment. So, take that first step, and you may find a new dimension of personal and professional growth waiting for you. Related Episodes Making a Ruckus in Education; Daniel Bauer Better Leaders, Better Schools Happen With Mindfulness Says Principal Daniel Bauer How Meditation Can Save The World; Tom Cronin Special Offer Thinking of launching your own podcast? You'll need a host where your episodes live. 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On today's 10-6-23 Friday Show: Graham has a crazy dream, a listener thinks she's getting scammed, Graham and a listener try to settle their wager for the 49er vs Cowboy's game, David Beckham calls out his wife in his new reality show, Graham shares some spicy details about the 'Golden Bachelor', 'Dancing With The Stars' will be having a Taylor themed night, WNBA is coming to the Bay Area, Britney Spears's dad is in the hospital, another edition's of 'Chidi's Tweets', Girl Scout cookies are going up in price, Drake's son is featured on his new album and so much more on this fun Friday!
On Episode 1310 the boys get into all the latest from DC like Biden “Building that Wall”, Trump's fear of ketchup poisoning, Commander Biden's banishment; and other stuff like hidden cameras, crocodile orgies, listener voicemails and much more… Timestamps: (00:00:00) Intro (00:01:40) Join us TONIGHT at 9PM ET: patreon.com/hardfactor (00:01:59) Pat blessed us with his presence! (00:04:15) Wes' New-used car just dropped ☕Cup of Coffee in the Big Time ☕ (00:06:01) Joke of the day! (00:06:58) 'Get the f--- out of our country': ‘Train Karen' fired after drunkenly berating German tourists in viral video (00:13:18) Biden's dog Commander removed from White House after being involved in more biting incidents than previously reported (00:16:51) “Build that wall!”: Biden administration waives 26 federal laws to allow border wall construction in South Texas (00:22:38) Trump fears being poisoned and insists on small Heinz glass ketchup bottles so he can hear the valet 'pop' the tops, Cassidy Hutchinson reveals (00:26:01) Girl Scouts are discontinuing the popular Raspberry Rally cookie flavor just a year after its debut