This month’s theme: DETERMINATION


Thoughts from Our Founder“Success begins with a fellow’s will – it’s all in a state of mind.”
I’ll never forget 8 year old Orly walking into school on my first day of third grade. Learning wasn’t my strong suit and so school wasn’t something I was particularly excited about. On top of that my parents were told that I needed to be placed in the Resource Room, a much smaller setting for students that had learning difficulties. Feeling inadequate as it is, being in Resource Room made me feel stupid – made me feel like a failure. Read More >>

Articles of the Month

10 of the Best Ways for Kids to be Kind to Animals – Kindness is a lovely quality to have in all walks of life. This extends beyond showing kindness to people. Kindness to animals is equally important and a value that can and should be instilled in children. Showing kindness to animals will earn children the respect, love and trust of an animal which can be nurtured for years to come. Check out these 10 ways to show kindness to animals.

“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”

Sonia Johnson

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Michael Jordan

“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

Horace Mann

Act of Kindness

Work hard. Persevere. Be flexible. Knowing and valuing yourself, setting goals and planning help build important foundations, but action is required to make your dreams come true. To take control of your life, it is necessary to choose and take appropriate action. Take charge. Move forward.

Question of the Month

What is your determination in life? Share your thoughts.

Kindness Media

Photo of the Month

How does this picture represent determination? Share your thoughts!

Songs of the Month

If you need a boost of encouragement when your dreams feel out of reach, just turn on “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Cyrus reminds us that we just, “Gotta be strong, just keep pushin’ on.”

This song urges us to embrace our fear and anxiety in order to throw them away. It teaches us to keep going, even when things get tough.

This song is about persevering in the face of defeat in order to achieve one’s goals. To attain your dream, you should strive to achieve and discover greatness within yourself. Whatever you choose to do, do it well.

Videos of the Month

An auto mechanic fulfills his dream to practice medicine.

Managers who are engaged in servant leadership and have philanthropic responsibilities are more fulfilled, and use problems-solving skills in civic space to add value for the organization.

Books of the Month

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck – This book talks about the research of the importance of having a growth mindset for personal development as a key to success in doing anything in life. Those who think the key to success is to do the necessary work are observed to be more successful than those who don’t.

No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline – Brian Tracy – The main idea of the book is that talent and luck are wonderful, but they will not get you as far as self-discipline will. No Excuses! covers different areas of life, diving into different components and explaining how you can be more disciplined.

The Willpower Instinct – Kelly McGonigal – The Willpower Instinct will be helpful for anyone who is interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively. The author breaks down a large body of scientific research and shows that awareness of the limits of willpower is crucial to our ability to exercise true self-control.

The Curious Garden – Peter Brown – Liam’s curiosity leads him to explore an elevated train track. He discovers dying flowers and begins to nurture them. His dedication pays off when the flowers grow and start spreading over the city.

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream – Kristy Dempsey – In Harlem, a young girl is inspired by the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, to make her own dreams come true.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah – Laurie Ann Thompson – People dismissed Emmanuel because of his deformed leg, but his mother’s belief gave him the courage and determination to be himself. As he got older he became a cyclist, eventually cycling 400 miles across Ghana to promote the message that disability is not inability.