General: Happy Holidays

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Happy holidays to you and yours.


Emotional Maturity: What Makes Your Holidays Happy?

Emotional Maturity: What Makes Your Holidays Happy?

Here are ten things that make my holiday season joyous:

*  Listening to  Nat King Cole sing The Christmas Song.

*  Watching my little daughters tell our Christmas Tree good night.

*  Saying Merry Christmas to strangers.

*  Buying unique gifts for family and friends.

*  Taking that first sip of our home made egg nog.

*  Hanging our special "One Per Year" ornaments on the tree.  

*  Let it Snow!  Let it Snow!  Let it Snow!

*  Christmas eve with the Laubach clan and Christmas morning with the in-laws.

*  Reading Christmas cards and letters from friends.

*  Spending three straight weeks at home with the girls.

Leave one of yours in the comments. Happy Holidays.


Skill Assessment: An Interesting Look at Success

Malcolm Gladwell's new book Outliers is an interesting look at success. His storytelling makes the book a great read. His concepts make the book a great learning tool.

Here is an excerpt:

"The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that's the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time-sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today? To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success - the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history - with a society that provides opportunities for all."

Get it today.