What We’re Reading

This link (Learning is Optimized When We Fail 15% of the Time) takes about 30 seconds to read, but it drives home a very powerful point – failure is critical to the learning process. Just be sure that you’re engaging with your mistakes and actually learning from them. It takes intention, and think of it as “failing forward”.

Which is a critical mindset to hold tightly to as a parent – or leader – as discussed in Parents: Let Your Kids Fail, You’ll Be Doing Them a Favor. Whether it’s out of love or because it makes us feel better (which no one wants to admit), as parents we inject ourselves into even the most minor situations to “help” our kids. In reality, though, we’re robbing them of some of life’s most valuable lessons. The research around resilience and adult success is striking in this respect.

And if you manage people at work, substitute the idea of parents for leadership. If you want your team to grow and improve, focus on learning and accountability and let your members fail.

One Quote We Can’t Let Go Of

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
― Roy T. Bennett

One Idea We’re Obsessed With

The idea of cascading happiness. Just how amazing it is that a simple choice you commit to can have an avalanche effect on the world that you’ll never truly be aware of. That by choosing to brighten your barista’s day at Starbucks with a smile and a word of appreciation, they could pass it on to the next few customers behind you, who pass it onto a handful of others, and so on. This isn’t about monetary gifts, it’s about real kindness and good will towards another person.  

You have the power to leave this world a better place than you found it.   

What We’ve Worked On

Update to the updates. We had redesigned our website a few weeks ago to make it as easy as possible to navigate for you and other visitors. However, the hosting platform we’d been using wasn’t performing well, and feedback you shared with us told of very slow load times and other issues. So we’ve been working around the clock this week to get everything migrated to a new host renowned for their performance. Unfortunately this has involved a total site rebuild, which hopefully explains why there have been a lack of articles from our end.

Ultimately, we’re still on track for a December launch date to our first online course. More news later to come on that front.  

In Closing

As we move into the holiday season, please don’t forget to take care of yourself. Seriously. While the holidays are framed to be all about family and friends, they can easily spiral into a period of anxiety, frustration, and worse. So, please – I’m honestly imploring you – check in with yourself each day. Keep things simple. Don’t let people steal your power. For each one frustration you’ll find this holiday season, there are a multitude of reasons to be grateful.

Much love,
Coach Lester

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