Non-native French speakers like myself have a hard time grappling with the French spelling system. It may seem arbitrary to write seconde and pronounce it segond, or frustrating that there is no rule to define why déçu has an accent on the e, but reçu doesn’t.
C'est la vie, mon ami.— say the French
Now that I live in French Guiana, I am trying to come up with strategies to make these words easier to learn.
One month ago, I decided to start blogging once a day, for 30 days. Here are some of the tips that helped me reach post #30 in one piece. I hope you will use them to start your own 30-day challenge.
Seth Godin says that you don’t need a paintbrush to be an artist. Your tools can just as easily be a spreadsheet, a text editor, or a pipette. Art is an expression of your creativity, your passion, and your personality, regardless of the medium you use to convey it.
I love this definition. I wish it was taught in schools. Imagine kids figuring out how the Pythagorean theorem works instead of memorizing the formula. Or kids that don’t ask “when am I ever going to use this?” because they have to spend time grappling with the questions before they are given the answers.
Grit is the willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve long-term goals. Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania has been researching how grit correlates with activities like reaching the final rounds of the U.S. National Spelling Bee, or surviving the grueling first summer of training at West Point. She has found that being gritty is a better predictor of success than high IQ or SAT scores.
So, how do we become grittier? Is it even possible? Yes, it’s possible. How do I know this? I don’t, but I’m putting my money on the two techniques that I have used in my grittiest moments: outsourcing the decision to get started, and crafting an epic narrative.
A year and a half ago, artist Louise Ma started representing the multiple facets of love using simple skillful diagrams. More than 200 diagrams later, she still manages to surprise me with her piercing observations about the relationships that we have with the people we love, with those who we used to love, and with ourselves.
Here are three of my favorite pieces.