The Formula for Intellectual Success: QEMCI

The Formula for Intellectual Success: QEMCI

“Everyone” (whoever that may be) agrees that the key to a successful life of happiness these days is in education. More learning equals more…everything good apparently. Just ask any politician (free college!), most employers (college degree required!), and the vast majority of parents (you need a degree!). So the idea is that more education is good, but what kind of education? You can get a degree in pretty much anything these days.

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Unmerciful Change and the Need for Practical Intelligience

Unmerciful Change and the Need for Practical Intelligience

We live in a world of constant, unrelenting, and often unmerciful change. For most people today, especially those under the age of 50 or so, this is a normal state of existence. From a historical perspective this is not normal. The last one hundred years has been witness to unprecedented and unparalleled technological change. This technological change has driven social, cultural, and political change. Not much, if anything, has been left untouched. Even knowledge and what it means to be “smart” has foundationally changed.

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Ideas Matter

Ideas Matter

Modern society appears to care an awful lot about education. Every child born in America is mandated by law to spend at least twelve years in school. Most people think sixteen years is now the base for any kind of success and more than a few hold the position that a masters’ degree is the new bachelors. An increasingly popular argument is being made that formal education should begin much younger and all children should attend preschool. Sixteen years of formal education is the bare minimum. Twenty years or more may be required for real success.

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Being 100% There

Being 100% There

I learned a lesson the other day. No, that’s not quite right. I was reminded of a lesson that I have already learned a hundred times before, but apparently I can’t remember for very long. I learned it in a swimming pool. Actually, it took two swimming pools. It seems that I’m a bit of a slow learner. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I learned the lesson, but I haven’t really benefited from it yet. In other words I haven’t put into practice what I have learned. Which is kind of the same as not learning something, just a lot more stupid.

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Howling Babies and Hanging On

Howling Babies and Hanging On

A newborn baby. Adorable. With that baby smell. Tiny. Precious. Sleeping all snuggled into your arms. Except when she's not.

That would be when she's awake and howling and doesn't seem to be hungry, tired, or in need of a change. Why is it those times are always between the time when sane people are supposed to be sleeping so that they remain sane? When that kind ofhowling happens repetitively that's when a need for a change starts to mean something else.

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Focusing on Time

Focusing on Time

Life is defined and determined by time. Your life begins on a certain day and ends on a certain day. What happens in between those days defines who you are and how you have lived. There is, or at least there should be, an urgency about these "in between" days. The beginning day is known, but the last day cannot be known. Each of us lives with an uncertainty regarding the amount of “in between" time we have been given.

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