Meet a Jigna

In my native language of Tigrynia, the word Jigna refers to a legendary warrior who can never be defeated under any circumstance.
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Inspiring Interview with Mental Karate Instructor

One of my favorite Mental Karate schools is Waimea Middle School in Kamuela, Hawaii. The wonderful English teacher who heads up Mental Karate, Liz Noetzel, was kind enough to give us this interview.
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My favorite educators change the world.

My favorite educators have one thing in common: They have a deep belief in their own power to change the world.
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The 4 Types of School Principals

Everyone has their own theory about what makes a good school principal. Having been in over 1,000 school buildings and observed every kind of principal imaginable, here's my theory.
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The Best Way to Inspire Youth...

When I first started speaking, I thought the best way to inspire youth was to speak or write directly to youth. Now, ten years later, I believe that the best way to inspire youth is to train, equip, and inspire the adults in that youth's...
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Unhealthy Pressure to Succeed

As I've travelled across the country, I've been amazed to see that kids at the "best" schools often have as many challenges as kids at the worst schools.
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What I Learned From Crashing a Boat

One of my favorite memories from college is being on the crew team for about 3 months. I had never heard of crew before going out east - crew, in layman's term, is simply rowing.
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Before you tell a student to go to college...

Most of us are aware that colleges tuition has skyrocketed. Even public universities can now cost tens of thousands for in-state residents.  
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The Five Best Personal Development Books

I've spent the last eleven years reading personal development books. Here are five I recommend highly:  
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Who Are You?

Who are you? To understand why this question matters, let's think about one of the most famous and powerful moments in movie history, a moment from Star Wars.
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Activation Energy

I don't remember much from my high school Chemistry classes, but one concept I remember is called Activation Energy. To understand Activation energy, just think about what it takes to boil water.
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How 400 students raised over 750,000 pennies

Anyone who works at a school that is experiencing financial challenges needs to read this post.
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900 Chances To Get a Scholarship

Some colleges now cost over $210,000 for four years and many state schools are approaching $100,000 for in-state tuition.
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What is your Mountaintop?

Dr. King's most well known speech is "I have a Dream," but his best speech might be the one he gave the night before he was killed. That final speech was called, "I've been to the Mountaintop."
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How I stood up to my Bully

This is not a story I've ever told my student audiences.
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Yoda Worthy?

We all want mentors, our own personal Yodas who will help us accomplish our dearest goals. But if Yoda came along, would he want to help us?  
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