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AOW- Does Talent Matter- REVISED April 13, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 4:22 am

Do you ever wonder why someone is so much more successful than you?  Do you think they were born with a natural talent?  Although intelligence makes things easier, you cannot get anywhere without practice. The article,” Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters,” makes sense because as they say, practice does matter. Intelligence just matters too. Even the researchers who talk about practice being the most important, say IQ does not matter above 120. 120 is a high IQ since I have been told that average IQ is 85 to 115, so really, these two researchers are not that much in disagreement. IQ and practice both help you, so to be the very best you need to be lucky to be born smart and then work hard to use your intelligence to accomplish something. The main thing that divides people is hard workers and non-hard workers.

 

People that do not work very hard whether or not they are born smart and talented will not be very successful.  If a person is born with IQ below 120 and then does not work very hard,  he or she will not have very much success. They were not lucky to have above average IQ and they are not practicing at anything, so they probably will be average in school and in their jobs. They will have average success if they have average IQ and work a little. If their IQ is low and they don’t practice and work hard, they may have a hard time in life. The people who are born with IQ above 120 and don’t work very hard will do a little better but not as good as they could. They might have the potential to discover something new or invent something helpful but they are not putting enough effort into using their intelligence to do something great.

 

 

Instead of wasting what they were born with, people who have a lower IQ below 120 but work hard may be very successful because they have made up for their intelligence with hard work. The lower IQ is not as important as the hard work. These hard workers will probably be successful in life, but because they have average or below IQ, they probably will not be able to cure cancer or make the huge discovery. Just as you might expect, the people born with IQ over 120 and working very hard have the chance to really do great things. They are lucky to be born with a high IQ and they are putting all of their talents to good use. According to the research in the article, the people who do really great things have very high IQs. They must also work hard to benefit from the really high IQ.
 

 

 

The biggest difference will always be between the hard workers who practice, and the people, born talented or not, that do not work hard. The hard workers will always make the best use of their talents and those who do not practice and work hard will rarely reach their potential.  Hard work can make up for not being born with a ton of brains and talent. Like the article says, you maybe can get a PhD with average IQ, but it is going to be hard and the odds are definitely against you being the person to cure cancer. You might as well try to be the best you can be, because you may be the one to beat the odds. You cannot change what you are born with, but you can change how much you use your talents, and hard work really matters.

 

AOW- Environmental Awareness April 3, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 4:30 pm

How much do you recycle? Do you just recycle what is easy and convenient, or do you think about what you recycle and how to do more? Many adults think that older generations are more aware about the environment. I do not agree completely. Today’s generation is  in a habit of being environmentally friendly and more active at recycling day by day, but just their overall view of caring for the world is different.

 

The younger generation has grown up in  a world where recycling is the normal thing to do.  They recycle their paper and plastic as naturally as brushing their teeth. My parents taught me to recycle things like bottles and paper at home, so now I have a habit of recycling. I am in PALS, so we actually get the teachers recycling and take it out on certain days. These habits are automatic with my generation, but that does not mean that they are not important. An entire generation all actively recycling has made an impact.  Sometimes my generation has taken the habit home so that their whole family recycles.

 

The younger generation cares about the environment but they have not had the experiences of the older generation so they view the environment differently.  They have not spent as much time in the outdoors and they have not lived thought the experience of figuring out that the planet needs protecting.  Because they have not had these experiences, and because they are very busy, they do not have a habit of looking for new solutions.  To them, recycling is clearly what you do, so they do not always think what else can we do?  This may be what the researcher at Adelphi University, Beth Christensen, was talking about when she said data showed that the younger generation is not as civic minded.  This generation sees protection of the earth as a clear choice that does not need debate.  Instead, they are focused on new problems such as the challenges of social networking and the technological society that we live in. There are many examples of how the young generation gets involved in issues of the day, including helping others.  Students in my school raise money for individuals in need and for causes that they feel should be supported.

 

Older generations might have influenced being green by having  chores such as saving and reusing materials.  Our generation has not stopped doing these things they are just done in different ways. I think that there is nothing wrong with having a parent or adult influence you to do things like recycling, because you will just grow up in that habit and the cycle will continue. You will teach others and they will too! Most teens are caught up with school work and outside of school activities, so they have little time in their schedules. Through PALS and other similar groups, the young generation recycles every week. Yes, our teacher does remind us, but we take responsibility. Our job is simple but very effective. I know that students now are probably less active about the environment, but that does not mean they are not aware. Teens usually do not make this their first priority. I  disagree that school aged children are less environmentally aware than older generations. Although some people may say that it is proven differently, I think that if students are given a chance to help they will.

 

AOW- Too Much Practice? March 5, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 6:13 am

Do you limit yourself to how much you study or ever feel like you are over practicing? Typically an ordinary person would stop once they felt like they had accomplished their goal.  This might look like playing the song perfectly once or shooting 5 baskets in a row.  Actually, they are far from a master at this point.  Practicing after you “have it” is what makes you really master a skill.

They say practice makes perfect but there really is no such thing as over practicing.  Three simple steps to turning feeling confident into doing great, are getting used to the amount of energy you use, creating muscle memory and decreasing the amount of energy and thought you use in the process.  Once you have mastered your task, continued practice will let you reach a level where you can watch your opponent closer or track what the judges are watching and how they are responding.  If your brain is still working on processing your tasks, even if you are performing at a high level, you have not reached your potential.

Getting used to the amount of energy you use, means performing at a competitive or performance level when practicing.  If you practice “full out, ” you will be conditioned to the level of intensity required by the real event.  Your body will be ready physically and mentally.  This is more than just general physical conditioning that is important to being capable of doing the task.  Practicing at the level of your highest ability, also trains your brain to go to that level without needing reminders.  It is automatic that your body and brain are working at your potential.

Muscle memory is creating a path in your brain through repetition, so that you do not have to think about what you are doing.  This gives you the ability to focus on other things like small details and your surroundings.  If your brain knows what it is to do without concentration then you can adapt to what is unique in the environment.

Research shows that with overpracticing, you will use less energy not only for your body but for your brain.  Any energy saved or used efficiently can be used to make your physical and mental performance even better. You can think of other things that give you a competitive advantage.  You can focus on details that allow you to have better musicality or understand the mood of other individuals.  You as an individual have so much brain power  and so much physical strength and energy at any moment.  The more efficiently you use what you have, the better your performance will be.

Those who practice after it appears that they have mastered a task are labeled as overpracticing.  This is probably not a good term because it does not sound positive.  Overpracticing does have a positive effect.  Through repeating practice after mastering the task, and by practicing at a high level every time, you can get used to the amount of energy needed, create muscle memory and decrease the amount of energy used for the physical and mental task, freeing your mind for even more improvement.

 

AOW – Orphanage In Kenya February 17, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 1:37 pm

Can one person make a difference?  Clearly they can. In the case of Ben Hardwick, a college student using social media to get a story out regarding an African orphanage’s need, a true life changing response resulted. He blogged about how the orphanage had been attacked, and posted a picture of the man who was cut by a machete in his face while defending the orphans and the orphanage.  This defender was also in his twenties so someone users of social media such as students could identify with. 

I think most people are generous and want to help but do not really know where the donations go if they donate to a large organization.  Does it pay people in high priced jobs or really help people?  In this case, the need was very understandable. The people who needed help were individuals that you could see, children and adults that were taking care of them.

So how was one person successful in getting support?  He got the word out. He made it clear that donations were really needed and needed now, not later. He made it clear that he believed in this project and someone else was so committed to risk his life to defend it.  I am guessing that many of the people who donated were people just like the defender and the blogger, students who would help if they were there. Social media has made communication of facts and of ideas much easier.  This request on the internet is much more personal than just a news report. It is more like the girl next door selling Girl Scout cookies.  You know her. You know she deserves support and you like to help.  Social media makes everyone seem more like the girl next door.

One person making a difference does not mean they have to do it all alone.  Not only can other people donate to a cause, sometimes an individual can start a helping kind of business that grows.  An example of this is Tom’s shoes.  He started off with one idea in his mind, but he shared that idea and got a few people to support him and when he got momentum, he built a successful business that makes a difference.  Really anything starts with one person thinking of an idea, so definitely one person can make a difference.  They just have to get one more person to help in some way and it can take off and be a bigger and bigger impact.

 

AOW – The Keurig Question February 5, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 11:38 pm

This article that I just read on the Los Angeles Times website, points out that there are many things that you have to look at to decide if a product is environmentally friendly.  This product, the Keurig cup, has problems being recycled but the company is doing other things right.  I thk you have to consider everything about a product, before you decide if you should buy it.

The company that makes the Keurig cup is trying to do some things right.  The coffee and tea that they buy is environmentally friendly.  Some of the tea is Celestial Seasonings brand.  I have toured their warehouse and know that they have many programs in place to be kind to the Earth.  The parent company of Keurig, is the number one buyer of fair trade coffee which means that they are trying to buy the coffee where the earth and the workers are not exploited. They are also using solar power and composting at the company.

Keurig says that they are working on environmentally friendly packaging.  The problem right now is the package is made of 3 different materials, so it cannot be recycled.  There have been some inventions to let you use the cups more than once, but they seem like only some people who are dedicated to do the right thing would use them.  Keurig said they tried a paper only cup but it was not good quality.

I think right now it is good to use this company if you need its products but we should keep watching them to see if they keep their promise to improve.  While they are doing some things right, we should help keep them in business.  If they make progress, we should keep supporting them.  If they stop improving or stop doing the good actions, then we should take our business elsewhere.  When deciding to buy a product or not, you should consider the whole big picture.

 

AOW – Does Talent Matter

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 10:56 pm

I think the article,” Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters,” makes sense because as they say, practice does matter.  Intelligence just matters too.  Even the researchers who talk about practice being the most important say IQ does not matter above 120.  120 is a high IQ since I have been told that average IQ is 85 to 115, so really, these two researchers are not that much in disagreement.  IQ and practice both help you, so to be the very best you need to be lucky to be born smart and then work hard to use your intelligence to accomplish something.

I think there are 4 main groups:

1. Born with IQ below 120 and then don’t work very hard:

These people are not going to have very much success.  They were not lucky to have above average IQ and they are not practicing at anything, so they probably will  be average in school and in their jobs.  They will have average success if they have average IQ and work a little.  If their IQ is low and they don’t practice and work hard, they may have a hard time in life.

2. Born with IQ above 120 and don’t work very hard:

These people will probably do ok but not as good as they could.  They might have the potential to discover something new or invent something helpful but they are not putting enough effort into using their intelligence to do something great.

3. Born with IQ below 120 and working hard:

Unless their IQ is really low, these people may be very successful because they have made up for their intelligence with hard work.  They will probably be successful in life but because they have average or below IQ, they probably will not cure cancer or make the huge discovery.

4. Born with IQ over 120 and working very hard.

These are the people who have the chance to really do great things. They are lucky to be born with a high IQ and they are putting all of their talents to good use.  According to the research in the article, the people who do really great things have very high IQs.  I think they must also work hard to benefit from the really high IQ.

Like the article says, you maybe can get a PhD with average IQ but it is going to be hard and the odds are definitely against you being the person to cure cancer.  I say you might as well try to be the best you can, be because you may be the one to beat the odds.  You cannot change what you are born with, but you can change how much you use your talents.

 

AOW- Writing Tips from Sponge Bob January 23, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 2:42 am

When I read the title of this article, I was curious to see how the writer would relate the cartoon to writing skills.  I was not sure if there would be a real connection, but she ending up connecting each character’s personality to a writing type.  The character that is the best on the show, Sponge Bob, is the character whose personality traits are what you want when writing on the web.

 

As she described each character accurately, she gave them a believable writing characteristic that you wanted to avoid that was related to their behavior on the show.  I agree that Mr. Krabs is over the top in his desire to make money above all else, and only focusing on money will not make your writing good. On the other hand, you can have an interesting website or blog, and because it is interesting, you will have many people who want to read your writing, and that can translate into making money.  If you are giving your reader something of value, you can be successful financially.  I am sure that the writer of the article is paid for her writing.

 

I think the other characters were well used as examples to not be boring and to not steal other people’s ideas.  I agree that Sponge Bob as the good guy in the show represents a good writer, with hard work, fun attitude and creativity.

 

Also, I think another good character to include would be Sandy. Sandy is smart and a great inventor. I think Sandyshould be added to the writer’s list.  Here is what her profile could look like and what the conclusion would look like:

 

Sandy- Her creative ability helps Sponge Bob out of situations and sometimes a writer has to recover from mistakes also. When you get into a situation that is not working out, just stop, use your brain and try another approach.  Then you can rewrite or edit your way out of trouble.

 

1. Write articles to help others, not with dollar signs in your eyes.

2. Write your own material. Don’t copy others.

3. Proofread your articles carefully, and provide valuable information.

4. Be entertaining. Not boring.

5. Be a SpongeBob! Hard work and persistence pay off.

6. It is ok to mess up, Just go back, rewrite and edit.