Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. 1) Are you not smart enough to solve it?  2) Or have you just not solved it yet?

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Teaching Character

Character Lab Research Director, Andrew Sokatch, has a sobering yet attainable message regarding the education of today's youth. While test scores and the reading, writing, math, science behind them are important, we are not properly and wholly educating our children if we aren't also teaching character. Andrew argues character can and should be taught in schools, noting grit, persistence, self-control, courage, and humor, are all critical life skills for successful employment, marriages, and citizenship.

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Rightfooted

This is the amazing story of Jessica Cox, a woman born with no arms. With the support of her parents and her refusal to think of herself as a victim, Jessica has conquered not only the everyday challenges that life throws at her, but also playing the piano, flying a plane, and now motivational speaking. Jessica travels around the world reminding us that the limitations that we see in front or ourselves are mental. If we have the determination and the drive, we can accomplish anything. Jessica especially strives to be an inspiration to people that have disabilities, as she was once greatly inspired by a grown woman with no arms, who led a very “normal” life.

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The Extra Mile

This fantastic demonstration of leadership comes to us in the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck at birth and he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Despite this disability, Rick’s father Dick wanted Rick to be able to have the same experiences as normal people. Dick trained and conditioned to be able to run marathons and IronMan courses all while pushing, pulling, and biking Rick. Dick’s sacrifice and dedication to Rick is unparalleled.

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Anthony Robles

Anthony Robels was born with one leg and now is a National Champion in Division I College Wrestling. He is now receiving an award for perseverance. This clip features his mother explaining his story of overcoming the odds and rising above what other expected of him. While accepting the award, Anthony thanks his mother for pouring into him and for teaching him to never let what he cannot do interfere with what he can do. This clips features the perseverance of both Anthony and his mother.

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