This summer has been a time for introspection. A time for looking at what has gone well and what hasn’t. While I don’t have the time or desire to share everything, I can sum up much of my thoughts using the words of others.
The first is quote. I’m currently reading “Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein. (Available from Indigo/Chapters: Here ) In this book, there is the story of Barry Marshall, the Australian physician who discovered that ulcers where caused by a bacteria. At the time, doctors believed that stress caused ulcers and either prescribed pills or performed some very serious surgery. It took Marshall 12 years to convince his peers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2005. According to Klein, ‘In his acceptance speech he quoted the historian Daniel Boorstin: “The greatest obstacle to knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.”‘
For the second thought, I am going to link to a video. It is a TED talk by Angela Lee Duckworth. Dr. Duckworth is a psychologist who studies grit. This talk really resonated with me. As I looked to where I had done better in life, I can say that grit was always a major factor. The talk is here: Angela Lee Duckworth on the Key to Success