Gain the Courage to Do Hard Things

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Kathleen Fredette with soaring glider

Kathleen Fredette, Director of STEAM Initiatives

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Raising our wildly amazing four sons, who are now launched and bringing their best to the world in their own unique ways.

What’s the second-hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Getting my private pilot rating (like a license) to fly gliders —aircraft with no engines. Here’s me taking off and landing:

What’s the “why” for this week’s Making Magic?

We — and our learners — grow in skills, capabilities, and self-esteem (vs. self-limitations) by challenging ourselves to do the hard stuff. When we do the hard stuff, it helps us to understand that the sky’s the limit!

This Week’s Focus

Do Hard Things to Engage in Deeper Learning

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Being an educator is the most challenging “job” on the planet: How does doing hard stuff inform us about who we are and who we can be in all aspects of life?

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In this short video, Dr. Carol Dweck introduces the idea of challenging kids (and us!) Click here to watch “The Importance of Challenging Your Children”:

Carol Dweck video Importance of Challenging Kids

Tom Bilyeu is the cofounder of Quest Nutrition, a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion, and the founder of Impact Theory. He is a filmmaker and serial entrepreneur who chased money hard for nearly a decade and came up emotionally bankrupt. Though he was no longer focusing on money, his startup exploded. Quest became a billion-dollar business in roughly five years, making it the second-fastest-growing company in North America, according to Inc. Magazine. Here, he offers motivating words in “You Need to Face the Difficult Things”:

Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, has a super-useful tool that has helped me and others I know dig deep to meet a challenge when needed. It is a twist on goal-setting known as “fear-setting.” Check out Tim’s video “Fear Setting: The Most Important Exercise I Still Do Today”:

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There is an expression known as “eating the frog,” the notion that doing the most difficult thing first is a great way to approach the day! Read “Why You Should Do The Hardest Thing First” to understand this concept more:

"Eat that frog" Why you should do the hardest thing first

And then check out all the “whys” in this short article, “The Unexpected Yet Powerful Advantages Of Challenges”:


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And here it comes — the cold shower! I challenge you to try it. Check out “A Beginner’s Guide to Cold Showers: Everything You Need to Know.” It has been a game-changer for me.

A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Cold Showers

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