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What It Takes to Change Your Perspective $1 MILLION FROMWARREN BUFFETT
There was a guy sitting on a park bench in Omaha, Nebraska, sobbing his eyes out with his head in his hands. An old man walks by and asks if he’s okay. The guy explains that he owns a factory in the next town that has been in his family for three generations. They employ the whole town, but now he has to declare bankruptcy and sell the company. At this point, the old man starts asking a bunch of questions. After an hour of really digging into the situation, the old man says, “My friend, there’s nothing wrong with your company. You have a great product and a great company. Your problem is cash flow! Do you know who I am?” “Well, my name is Warren Buffett, and I buy companies like yours that are in distress. And when the company is successful again, I get paid back.” Warren Buffett offered to write the factory owner a check for $1 million, on the condition that they meet back in a year and the man returns the money plus $250,000. Of course, the factory owner is ecstatic. He thanks Warren Buffett and runs back home as fast as he can to show everyone. Then he takes action, telling the people at his business what they need to do to make the check worth it. “No.”
check. He likes looking at it so much that he wants to hold onto the check for a bit longer. He ends up framing the check in his office, all the while making phone calls to renegotiate loans and rebuild the company. Three months later, his lawyers call to tell him they no longer have to file for bankruptcy. A year after the fateful meeting with Buffett, the company is turning an amazing profit and has grown dramatically. The factory owner never deposits the check. In fact, he goes back to the park bench ready to return Warren Buffett’s original check and then some. Sure enough, Warren Buffett is there, but before the man can give him the check, he’s interrupted by two people in white coats who call the old man Henry. They’re doctors who explain that the old man is a resident from a nearby retirement home who gets really into his acting lessons. I first heard this story a few weeks ago during a speaking event hosted by Charlie Harary, author of “Unlocking Greatness: The Unexpected Journey from the Life You Have to the Life You Want.” Harary starts each of his public speaking events with this story, and it’s easy to see why. His message is about rewiring your brain to achieve more. Though the check was never real, the factory owner still managed to turn his whole company around. He didn’t need $1 million. He just needed to “He didn’t give you any checks, did he?” they ask in a panic.
change his attitude, or his “schema,” as Harary would say.
Your schema is the psychological filter from which you view the world. Nobody really lives in “reality” because our brains are incapable of picking up all the data and information in the world around us. Instead, it filters things out and leaves only what we think is most important. This is our schema. It’s what we believe about ourselves, the world, and our own potential. Someone with a schema that says it’s okay to take risks will find more success because they’re willing to go after the unknown. Meanwhile, someone with a schema that insists they aren’t good enough will always struggle. In his speech, Harary presented scientific research that shows we can change our schema. This is what “Unlocking Greatness” is all about. What if instead of looking at a new challenge and thinking, “I’m not good enough to do that,” you instead thought, “What a great opportunity!” What would you accomplish if your brain wasn’t standing in your way? The story about the $1 million check highlights exactly what our schemas are capable of. In the beginning of the story, the factory owner had already decided that he was a failure and that his business was over. Then he gets handed a check and suddenly his perception changes. With $1 million in his hand, his schema
The next day he’s at the bank, and the factory owner realizes that he’s not ready to cash the
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HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR TEEN’S ARTISTIC PASSIONS When a teenager is involved in sports, it’s easy to show support for their passion. You take them to practice, go to their games, celebrate their victories, and help them learn from their losses. But what if your teen is more into arts than athletics? Without a literal sideline to cheer from, helping your child grow and develop in fields like writing, painting, and photography can feel — well, abstract. But make no mistake, parents can show concrete support in a few ways to help their budding artist grow and excel in the arts.
Stars to Strive For Just as many young athletes have star players they look up to and try to emulate on the field, aspiring artists can look to those making waves in their artistic fields today. Often, school courses focus on “the classics,” which can just feel like homework to an aspiring artist. This is where you can help. Introduce the work of contemporary artists to your teen, or better yet, give your teen opportunities to discover them on their own. Trips to museums and libraries can be just as impactful on growing artists as going to a ball game. No. 1 Fan You may not have to drive your high schooler to writing practice, but you can still give them the tools and support they need to hone their passion. The most obvious way is by asking to see their writing or art, but keep in mind many teens may not be willing to share something that personal. Still, reminding them you’re genuinely interested in their work can help them stick with their passion. Indirect gestures like buying them quality art supplies can also show them you value their craft. Cover article continued ... becomes, “I can turn this all around.” The check might have been fake, but the impact it had on changing this man’s schema was very, very real. Now, most of us will never have an old man walk up and offer to write us a $1 million check, so how do you overcome the challenge of changing your perspective? Start by visualizing your future. Not the version of your future that your negative schema has already painted for you, but the fully achievable future in which you realize your goals. Setting those goals is the first step.
The Big Leagues Sure, there’s no varsity watercolor portrait team, but student artists can strive for important milestones. School clubs like student newspapers can provide a semiprofessional outlet for young artists, and there are myriad creative outlets outside the classroom as well. Community galleries, youth anthologies, coffee shop open mics — these are all amazing opportunities for your teen to take their work to the next level. Just as most teen athletes won’t be professional players, you don’t have to expect your artist to be the next Ursula K. Le Guin or Banksy. Whatever their interests are, helping your child explore their passions and enjoy a discipline will leave them with skills and memories they’ll draw upon the rest of their life. I’m not suggesting that any of this is easy. Changing your habits, rewiring your brain, and transforming your schema takes time and a whole lot of effort. Trust me. I know from personal experience. But I also know that putting in this effort is worth it. You’re not stuck. No matter where you are in life or how long you’ve been there, you are not stuck in that place forever. Using the power of your mind to form new habits and rituals, you can change your life. This isn’t just nice talk. Scientific research not only shows that you can change your schema but also that you should! The traits that define your life today don’t have to define your life tomorrow. If you’ve never read “Unlocking Greatness,” I cannot recommend it enough. Charlie Harary is a brilliant guy. His strategies can really help anyone who is ready to take steps toward becoming the greater person they want to be. reality and begin to create a new schema and road map for your life.
Without goals, you have nothing to work toward. In order to identify your true goals, Harary created a series of exercises. One exercise is to write your own eulogy, including what you hope people will say at your own funeral. Another is to create a schedule for your ideal day in a far-off future. This helps you to visualize what you truly want to be. I plan on doing these exercises myself and am really
looking forward to the outcome. When you visualize your future, you interrupt your current
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SWITCH IT UP The Family Feud You Want to Be a Part Of
Pokemon The Pokemon franchise has lasted for over two decades and continues to be a source of entertainment for people of all ages. With Pokemon
As one of the most popular gaming consoles, the Nintendo Switch draws the attention of gamers and nongamers alike. It offers hundreds of games for people of all different ages and preferences. If you’re thinking about adding to your family’s game collection, take a look at these five family-friendly options everyone can enjoy. Super Mario Party and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe If you’re looking for fun multiplayer games, look no further. Super Mario Party and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe allow up to eight players to get together and play against each other, giving people the chance to race, fight, and compete in a friendly atmosphere. The games offer a number of terrains and game boards to play through, each with unique challenges for players to overcome. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate There’s nothing like grabbing a group of friends to fight it out with your favorite video game characters. The Smash Bros. games have been around since 1999, making it possible for Link to fight head- on with Mario or Samus Aran to take on Fox McCloud. With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can choose your favorite Nintendo, Sega, or Square Enix characters and see who comes out on top!
Sword and Pokemon Shield, players can take on trainers, face gym leaders, or even play with other Pokemon trainers throughout the Galar region. Both games are capable of online connectivity to other real-world players, letting trainers battle and trade globally. Splatoon 2 This game offers a fun and colorful twist on a typical shooter game. Up to eight players can battle it out with one another and attempt to paint the other players with their own colors. Splatoon 2 can also be played online, making it a great family game. No matter how far away you are from one another, you can always play Splatoon 2 together for as long as you’d like. Video games are a great source of entertainment and relaxation, but it’s important not to overdo it. Remember to take small breaks to stretch, get something to eat, and head outside for some fresh air.
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Need a Boost? As spring kicks off, many people will be tempted to grab a Monster, Red Bull, or Rockstar to get through the day. Energy drinks may give you a quick boost, but the high levels of caffeine and sugar can lead to migraines and increased anxiety. If over-consumed, these drinks can even lead to Type 2 diabetes. To avoid these health hazards, try out a few of these natural energy boosters instead. Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub found mostly in India. As part of the Ayurveda system, an alternative medicine practice from India, it’s also known as “Indian ginseng.” The Alternative Medicine Review published a study indicating ashwagandha increases the body’s resilience to physical and mental stress by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol by 28%. Ashwagandha can also help you through long workouts and the 9-to-5 grind because it may also improve brain function, including memory. You can get ashwagandha in pill form at most convenience stores around the world. Creatine Many people don’t realize creatine is a natural energy booster because they get it mostly in processed, high-sugar energy drinks. However, in doses less than 5 grams, creatine provides impressive benefits during high-intensity activities, short-duration exercises, and sports, including football, shot put, and weightlifting. This
Natural Supplements to Increase Your Energy
compound is found in red meat, pork, poultry, and fish, and when consumed, it releases phosphates that give your body a quick burst of energy. Ingesting more than 5 grams, though, will leave you feeling bloated with a lot of stomach discomfort. Creatine powder can be found at most wellness stores.
Beetroot Powder Beetroot powder is made from the roots of the beet plant and is rich in nitrate. Nitrate relaxes blood vessels, creating increased blood flow and oxygen delivery. This enables your body to produce energy more efficiently and maintain energy levels, making beetroot powder a great aid for endurance sports like running, soccer, and biking. In the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, a study reported that athletes could work out for 25% longer when they used beetroot powder. Fatigue didn’t set in until much later in their workout, which improved their training and performance.
This spring, say goodbye to energy drinks and get the boost you need with one of these natural energy supplements.
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