I get and send a lot of emails. At times my inbox has been overwhelming. I have spent full days working through my email— which leaves me feeling unproductive.
Are you familiar with GoldieBlox? It’s a toy intended for girls that combines stories with building things. The goal is to help young girls develop skills in engineering and physics.
It was funded nearly twice over on kickstarter a while back and has continued to grow and expand since then.
The kickstarter video continues to stick with me.
There are some things that I don’t want to write about, but they need to be written. This is one of them: I struggle with depression.
I don’t know when I first felt it. I think it’s always been with me, more or less.
“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain [tweet this]
There’s a difference between your education and your schooling.
Your schooling is what happens in the classroom. It’s the classes that you take to achieve a standardized level of education and get a diploma.
Your education is what you learn in all of life. It’s what you read, practice, experience. It’s what you learned from coaching little league, and how you grew as you led a project at work.
Your schooling is part of your education, but your education is much bigger than your schooling.
We are taught that it is best to know the answers. School reinforces this over and over— you’re supposed to know the right answer to every question asked.
It’s a painful moment to have to tell your teacher that you don’t know something that you’re supposed to know in front of all your classmates who already know it (or at least pretend to).
It’s embarrassing. It feels exposing and shameful.
The “stupid question” — as in, “This might be a stupid question, but…”— points out the places where we feel like we’re supposed to know something that we don’t.