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Discouraged Due to Back-stabbers & Manipulators

"The best way to ensure success is to start growing today. No matter where you may be starting from, don't be discouraged; everyone who got where he is started where he was." ~ John C. Maxwell "People get discouraged. They should remember, from me, it takes courage not to be discouraged." ~ Benjamin B. Ferencz "I've taken my bumps and bruises, but you've got to be willing to get knocked down and pick yourself up. You can't get discouraged. You can't lose sight of what your goals are." ~ Jerma...
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Books, Bookshelves & Reading

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting." ~ Mary Wortley Montagu "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them." ~ Mark Twain "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." ~ Oscar Wilde "If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and cl...
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Sometimes, Walking Away Is Beneficial

"I am good at walking away. Rejection teaches you how to reject." ~ Jeanette Winterson "I have learned to not let a bad race or failure bring me down, and always walking away with something positive and learning from mistakes so I can be better or stronger next time." ~ Erin Hamlin "Pause and remember - You deserve peace! So, don't feel bad for one moment about walking away from people, jobs, and situations that keep you from having peace of mind." ~ Jennifer Young Sometimes, walking away f...
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A Hybrid Online Learning Model - Asynchronous & Synchronous

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." ~ Carl Rogers "Online education, then, can serve two goals. For students lucky enough to have access to great teachers, blended learning can mean even better outcomes at the same or lower cost. And for the millions here and abroad who lack access to good, in-person education, online learning can open doors that would otherwise remain closed." ~ Daphne Koller "Online learning can be a lifeline to those who ha...
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Defense Wins Championships

A strong defense is a major advantage. It makes it harder for the other team to score and creates opportunities for your team to steal the ball and score themselves. Great defense also requires teamwork and communication, which builds a strong team defensive mindset. At the high school D1, and college, and professional level, every athlete knows how to score and produce points for their team but not every athlete is able to defend or willing to defend. As a coach, defensive minded athletes...
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Busy Basketball Training

As a dad, my boys are my LIFE. Lucas said, dad you trained us boys for years, literally everyday, at least 15 years in the gyms and on the weights and plyometrics, speed training on the track and coached us multiple years. Whatever you boys needed your Italian and Indigenous Metis family and extended family were there to support you. We are so thankful for our b-ball community leaders. ...
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Gossip Mongers Insinuations - A Powerful & Insidious Form Of Manipulation

"Malicious gossip takes the place of creation in non-creative lives." ~ Nancy Hale "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt "Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you." ~ Philip Sidney "The person who gossips is a terrorist who drops a bomb, destroys, and they destroy others." ~ Pope Francis I have been engrossed in reading four books by Robert Greene: "The 48 Laws of Power," "The Laws of Human Nature," "Mastery," and "Th...
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Emotional Labour: Often Two Sides Can Take Its Toll

The only way to get what you're worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labour, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about. ~ Seth Godin Do the emotional labour of working on things that others fear. ~ Seth Godin Dealing with emotions at work or in social situations can be tough. Emotional labour is the effort we put into managing our feelings to meet the expectations of those around us. Sociologist Arlie Hochschild first intr...
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Convergent & Divergent Thinking

"Our economy is built upon convergent thinkers, people that execute things, get them done. But artists and designers are divergent thinkers: they expand the horizon of possibilities." ~ John Maeda "When you put off a task, you buy yourself time to engage in divergent thinking rather than foreclosing on one particular idea." ~ Adam Grant "I was forced to stretch my thinking, to realize that sincere and honest people could believe in very divergent religious doctrines." ~ Carl Rogers Thinking...
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Terror Management Theory: Understanding The Fear Of Death Affects Our Actions

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." ~ Mark Twain "People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad." ~ Marcel Proust "Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might liv...
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A Strong Sense Of Belonging For High School Student Athletes

"The ultimate use of power is to empower others." ~ William Glasser "Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark and grim, who try over and over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation and even defeat." ~ Nelson Mandela A strong sense of belonging for high school elite athletes extends beyond simply playing a sport; it encompasses feeling valued, supported, and part of a team, school, and even the broader athletic community, part of a FAMIL...
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A Sense of Belonging in an Organization or Business

The sense of belonging is one of the great gifts men get in battle. ~ James A. Michener A sense of belonging is a sine qua non of healthy psychological functioning everywhere. Such a sense, beginning in infancy and continuing throughout life, comes about by experiencing mutual empathy; by sensing oneself as part of a whole, which recognizes and accepts that one is a member. ~ Maureen O'Hara A sense of belonging in the workplace is more than just having a job It involves feeling valued, acc...
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An Alternative to A Suspension Program

Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts. ~ John Dewey Self-discipline, although difficult, and not always easy while combating negative emotions, should be a defensive measure. At least we will be able to prevent the advent of negative conduct dominated by negative emotion. That is 'shila', or moral ethics. Once we develop this by famil...
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Why They Do What They Do & Why They Act In Such Ways

"Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up, I have to cut others down.' Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy." ~ Pope Francis "At the root of fear is low self-esteem. This explains why angry people have low self-esteem, are argumentative, stubborn, and quick to flare up yet slow to forgive. Those behaviors are defenses against the underlying fear." ~ David J. Lieberman People often find it hard to be...
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Behaviour Prediction & Trusting Individuals

"Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge." ~ Plato "Too often we judge people based on our own backgrounds and experiences, but when you understand people's stories, it's easier to understand their demeanour." ~ Joel Osteen "All human behaviour is either an act of love or a cry for love." ~ Stan Dale When individuals display carelessness in their appearance, it may signal their dissatisfaction In some work environments, if the leadership does not priori...
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Revenge Effects

"Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others." ~ Eric Hoffer "There is no satisfaction in vengeance unless the offender has time to realize who it is that strikes him, and why retribution has come upon him." ~ Arthur Conan Doyle "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." ~ Confucius "The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury." ~ Marcus Aurelius "An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind." ~ Martin Luther King,...
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An Extremely Busy Weekend

"You have to want it, you have to plan for it, you have to fit it into a busy day, you have to be mentally tough, you have to use others to help you. The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape." ~ Amby Burfoot "Who are the happiest people on earth? A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done. A little child building sand castles. A mother, after a busy day, bathing her baby. A doctor who has finished a difficult and dangerous operation,...
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What is Serendipity & How to Cultivate It?

"Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you've found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for." ~ Lawrence Block "I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along." ~ David Levithan "Work hard, not in grunt work, but in chasing such opportunities and maximizing exposure to them. This makes living in big cities invaluable ...
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Politics In High School Sports Awards

"Politics are a part of athletics now. Politics is a part of everything. And athletics is no exception." ~ Melissa Harris-Perry "There are some remarkable parallels between basketball and politics. Michael Jordan has already mastered the skill most needed for political success: how to stay aloft without visible means of support." ~ Margaret Thatcher When awards seem like popularity contests or pre-determined outcomes, it can discourage participation. Athletes who train hard but lack close r...
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Cultural Significance of a High School Graduation Commencement in Canada

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." ~ Steve Jobs "A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." ~ Theodore Roosevelt "At commencement you ...
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The Golden Rule, Also Known as Ethical Reciprocity - Treating Others With Respect

"Nothing in the Golden Rule says that others will treat us as we have treated them. It only says that we must treat others in a way that we would want to be treated." ~ Rosa Parks "If we don't manage to implement the Golden Rule globally, so that we treat all peoples, wherever and whoever they may be, as though they were as important as ourselves, I doubt that we'll have a viable world to hand on to the next generation." ~ Karen Armstrong "The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seei...
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Social Heredity - Sociocultural Inheritance - Shaping Who We Are

"The past is never dead. It's not even past. All of us labor in webs spun long before we were born, webs of heredity and environment, of desire and consequence, of history and eternity. Haunted by wrong turns and roads not taken, we pursue images perceived as new but whose providence dates to the dim dramas of childhood, which are themselves but ripples of consequence echoing down the generations. The quotidian demands of life distract from this resonance of images and events, but some of us fe...
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Niccolò Machiavelli's Effective Truth

"In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow - and that is likely to hurt." ~ Wei Wu Wei "The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." ~ George Orwell Currently reading "The Prince" "Effective truth," a concept from Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli's writings, especially in "The Prince," focuses on the results of actions rather than their adherence to absolute truth or morality. Machiavelli believed leaders should prioritize pra...
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Political Debates With Many Assertions & No Evidence

"The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use." ~ Abraham Lincoln "I have always wanted to deal with everyone I meet candidly and honestly. If I have made any assertion not warranted by facts, and it is pointed out to me, I will withdraw it cheerfully." ~ Abraham Lincoln American politics will soon immerse everyone into the debate cycle with many asse...
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College Basketball ID Camp, A Dad & Son Talk

"No love is greater than that of a father for His son." ~ Dan Brown "The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." ~ Confucius "All children need their fathers, but boys especially need fathers to teach them how to be men." ~ Dwyane Wade A conversation with my 16-year-old boy, grade 11, on the way to his college basketball identification camp tryout. Dad: My young man. You know what you have to do today. What is your goal today? Parke...
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A Cool Spring Saturday Morning of Songbirds

"Your head is a living forest full of songbirds." ~ e. e. cummings "Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird's life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends." ~ William Shakespeare "My grandmother told me once that when you lose somebody you think you've lost the whole world as well, but that's not the way things turn out in the end. Eventually, you pick yourself up and look out the window, and once you do you see everything t...
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25 Peace and Justice Initiatives in the United Nations - FIVE That Resonate With Me

The United Nations has numerous important initiatives aimed at promoting peace and justice worldwide. United Nations Peacekeeping Operations International Criminal Court (ICC) Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) United Nations Mediation Support Unit (MSU) United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) UN Women’s Peace and Security Agenda United Nations Alliance of Civilizati...
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Listen to Your Heart: How Intuition Makes You a Better Person

"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." ~ Steve Jobs "To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man...
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Negative Capability

"I believe strongly in what John Keats called negative capability: the trait or practice that allows a poet to remain in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason. For Keats, William Shakespeare exemplified negative capability, and I do think it's extraordinary that for all the thousands of pages Shakespeare left behind, we really don't know much about Shakespeare's own personality or opinions." ~ James Arthur "it struck me what quality went to fo...
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Overcoming the Fear of Other People's Opinions

"Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice." ~ Steve Jobs "Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance." ~ Plato Here are some strategies to overcome the fear of other people's opinions and achieve personal growth and fulfillment. Knowing your core values and what truly matters to you is a compass. When you understand your principles and strategies for attaining your goals, other people's opinions become less relevant to your journey. Develop Resilien...
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