5 Tips For Success

Two blogs that I follow closely are edtechguy and TeachPaperless. Both are very useful sources of information on the use of technology in education. I regularly pick up new ideas and follow some very good arguments about where technology can be used to enhance children’s learning.

This morning, I received my latest e-mail from the “Teach Paperless” site and discovered that David Andrade, the writer of the “Edutechguy” blog had written  a guest post for them.

It was called “5 Tips For Success”. It followed David’s visit to the  CPEP (CT Pre-Engineering Program)  annual competition day. The keynote speaker was Naveen Selvadurai, one of the founders of Foursquare. In his  speech, he talked about his life, how he came to work on foursquare and gave some advice to the students on his tips to success.

I was particularly taken by the 5 points that David mentioned in his blog and requested (and was granted) permission to reproduce them here in this post.

The 5 points for success were:

Be Curious – look at things and wonder why. Wonder if something can do more. Wonder if you can make something better or different. Ask why? Ask how?
Keep Learning – never stop learning. Be a life-long learner. Learn because you are curious. Learn because you want to better yourself.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail – no one succeeds on the first try. For every great success, there are hundreds of failures. You learn from your failures and they help you succeed. We should encourage students this way in school also.
Be Passionate – be passionate and excited about what you do, no matter what. Why do it if you aren’t passionate or don’t care. This goes for everything you do, from cleaning your room to doing your work.
Keep Good Company – be around people who share your values and beliefs. Be with people who are passionate, curious, and keep learning. Surround yourself with people who will help you succeed, not lead you to failure or troubles.
I feel that this would be very good advice for any of our children going out into the uncertain but exciting world of the 21st century. Thanks again to David for permission to reproduce them here.
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