Silencing the Inner Critic

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Sam Tarell is a serial entrepreneur and TEDx speaker. He's the founder of Divergent U, a one year alternative to college in Orlando, Florida to help students discover their professional purpose and achieve their dream lifestyle. 

Key Takeaways:
  • Setting a quick timer to design or reach a goal turns off the critic in our head and silences the negativity so that we can enter a state of divergent thinking quicker.
  • The less we talk when leading workshops or lessons, the better the learning is for students.
  • It's important to trust that you don't have to provide all the value to groups because often its more valuable from those who are experiencing the issues.
  • Lessons structure:
    • Divergent question
    • One or two frameworks
    • Framework activity after explanation
    • Goal setting
    • One major takeaway.
  • The best teaching comes from finding nuggets of value in wisdom for every student and repeating them back to them.
  • Discovering where freedom exists on the freedom spectrum.
  • Finding the balance between highly structured so that results are repeatable but free enough so that the process can be individualized.
  • If youth are to develop to the best level, then failure has to be acceptable, expected, and understood. It needs to be safe, okay, and even promoted a little bit as an opportunity to learn.
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Silencing the Inner Critic