March 2018 | Issue 2
“You have brains in your head,
You have feet in your shoes,
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

~ Dr. Seuss

Locus of control and self-efficacy are two key constructs behind the entrepreneurial mindset. And, our power to choose (to express a preference or assert one’s self) reinforces our perception of control and self-efficacy. In this significant National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, NIH confirms that the belief in one’s ability to achieve their goals and exert control over their environment is essential for an individual’s well being, a psychological and biological necessity.
Featured Talk
“The combination of biotech and I.T. might reach a point where it creates systems and algorithms that understand us better than we understand ourselves”

The world is changing at a pace humankind has never experienced and in a way that will require everyone to think and act like an entrepreneur. Listen to Israeli Historian and Author of “Sapiens” Yuval Noah Harari discuss how the accelerated pace of change of artificial intelligence and automation will impact the future of work, education, democracy, and even morality. What is next for humanity?
Featured Article
“What are the 21st Century Skills every student needs?”

As traditional instruction continues to prevail in classrooms, the gap between what students are learning and what they need to know is widening. In order for students to approach complex challenges they must be creative and critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, strong communicators, and collaborators. And, the skills required to approach changing environments will require them to take initiative, remain curious, be adaptable, and persist despite setbacks and challenges.
Featured Podcast
“Master the best of what other people have already figured out”

Listen to Shane Parrish’s podcast, “The Knowledge Project,” for actionable strategies that help you make better decisions, avoid stupidity, and live a better life. This podcast focuses on thinking about thinking.
Featured Book
“The goal of positive to increase the amount of flourishing in your own life and on the planet”

Read Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman’s book, “Flourish,” to dig into the concept of human flourishing and understand how schools can educate beyond workplace success and more towards life fulfillment and how corporations can drive worker performance while improving employee well-being.

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