I think just about everyone thought that Jordan Spieth (including Jordan himself) was going to win his second Masters and become part of golf history this past weekend. That was until the 12th hole and the longest thirty minutes of a young man's life. As the world watched him struggle on the back nine and make a valiant attempt to recover, some parallels between golf and business struck me.
Although many conversations have begun about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Canada, development and implementation to work towards evening out gender imbalances in these fields is still a work in progress. There has been a lot of data gathered to support this issue and many factors that prevent women from STEM opportunities.
I've drawn a blank. A big, honking, vacuous one. Over the past week, for the first time in years, I didn't learn anything new. Yikes. This is no big deal to most, but when one writes a long-standing weekly blog on the subject, and is usually drowning in a backlog of lessons learned, the lack of a new one in a bone-dry reservoir is an event nothing less than traumatic.
These days, curiosity is more important than smarts Knowing is one thing, but wanting to know is a whole other, and more valuable, trait. And living in a time when the world's collected knowledge is only a millisecond Google search away on your smartphone, the act of wanting to discover something to add to that reservoir of knowledge is of much greater importance and impact.
For decades, I avoided skis, until last month when I figured I'd go for it, believing I had matured enough to avoid any reckless danger. Worst-case scenario? I'd fall a few times on a bunny hill and have a silly, self-deprecating travel article to share with you. Instead, this story is about the thrill of victory.
It's already November. Soon, we'll all begin looking forward to a new year, forming new hopes and goals around our calendar year. But, it's also a time to reflect on what we accomplished, to bank those new learnings and embrace the person we've become in 2012. Here are some of the things that I learned in 2012 and that I'll carry forward to the next year.
Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty type of person? Is your inclination to give up at the first roadblock on your path? When we don't view failure as a disaster but as a learning tool, it does become easier to accept the lesson and grow professionally and personally. Keeping your sense of humour is key. Believe it or not, there may be a time when you look back and can laugh at your foibles.