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The Best Resources For Identifying Qualities Needed In Order To Be “Successful”

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I’m preparing a lesson to try out in class and for possible inclusion in the upcoming third volume in my student motivation “trilogy.”

It will be focusing on Social Emotional Learning skills, and will be a follow-up to exercises on goal-setting, grit, and self-control.

I also am figuring out if, and how, it might be valuable to somehow incorporate something on how developing all these life skills might still not be enough, but that’s going to be tricky — I want to “twin” that with strategies on how they can confront even those additional challenges.

Of course, part of a lesson on “success” will be encouraging students to make their own definition of what that means.

Here are the resources I’m using to help develop “success” lesson — additional suggestions are welcome:

What very successful people have in common is from The Week.

School engagement predicts success later in life is from The Conversation.

“Secret Ingredient for Success” is a short post I wrote about a NY Times article.

The Most Effective Strategies For Success is from The Harvard Business Review.

Teachers As “Givers, Takers & Matchers”: An Interview With Adam Grant is a conversation I had with professor and author Adam Grant about his research and book.

Students Need 8 Critical Conditions for Success is by John Wilson at Ed Week.

Warren Buffett: The three things I look for in a person is at Farnam Street.

The Five Paths To Being The Best At Anything is from Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

How Olympians Stay Motivated is an excellent article in The Atlantic, and here’s an excerpt that tells you about it:

We can’t all be Olympic athletes. (In fact some of us, including your humble narrator, should not be allowed anywhere near ice or blades.) But we all face times when we really don’t want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog.

The Good and Bad Habits of Smart People
by NowSourcing.
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Daily Routines Of The World’s Most Creative People is a pretty interesting infographic. You can see it as a slideshow at Fast Company or as a full infographic.

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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