What is genius? Is it some supernatural ability of the mind that relatively few are born with? Or is it something that everyone has and can be unleashed if approached correctly? We’ll discuss that in our Thought of the Day. And in the interview, we’ll talk with Angela Maiers, a professional educator who is on a mission to liberate the genius in school children. Learn how she and her team are doing exactly that, one classroom at a time.
Bob’s Thought of the Day
- Why “genius” is much more a result of focused, concentrated effort than of natural talent.
- How passion and natural skill are related to excellence.
- Why you must have both passion and a plan in order to achieve excellence.
Interview with Angela Maiers
- Why most of the innovations at Google came from employees pursuing their passion.
- How to impact a child’s life by seeing and speaking to them as a leader, reader, writer, or other change-maker.
- Why schools are not typically recruiters or incubators of talent, and why you’re only measured in your relation to being above or below average.
- The truth that no matter who you are, you are an educator.
- How to change a child’s life by seeing them as change agents rather than just recipients of our world.
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- Angela’s TEDx Des Moines talk
- Liberating Genius: A Framework for Epic Transformation by Angela Maiers
- Classroom Habitudes by Angela Maiers
- Follow Angela Maiers on Twitter: @AngelaMaiers
- Connect with Angela Maiers on Facebook: @AngelaMaiers
- During the month of September, be part of the global conversation on Facebook with the hashtag #LiberatingGenius
- Interact with these groups on Twitter: #edchat, #texedchat, #tllibrarians
About the Book
The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Joe learns that shifting his focus from getting to giving — constantly and consistently creating value for others — leads to exceptional returns.
Rapidly going from national bestseller to global phenomenon, The Go-Giver has gained a devoted following with over a million copies sold. It’s utilized as a resource in major corporations to small businesses, in schools and churches, in book clubs, and more. Nearly a decade since its original publication, this timeless story continues to help its readers find fulfillment and greater success in business, in their personal lives and in their communities.