Melissa Ganus

San Diego, CA, United States

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Melissa Ganus
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your New Year's resolutions?
I wish you luck! I've been working on a version of your #2 myself for quite a while. I've come to see our negative thinking as instinctive - our ancient ancestors survived by focusing on the problems they were facing or, if none were currently life threatening, anticipating the problems that might be coming up. I think mindfulness and being able to shift from negative thinking to more positive thoughts of gratitude or serenity takes a lot of mental skill and ongoing practice. So I'm practicing a lot!
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Melissa Ganus
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your New Year's resolutions?
The way I've seen "productive failure" used is to reframe an effort that didn't meet the stated objectives as a learning experience that contributes to the next effort. I tried raising money with an IndieGogo campaign last month, launching before I'd known enough about what it'd take to succeed and quickly recognizing that what I'd put up wasn't ready for broader promotion. Made it much easier to refocus my efforts rather than twisting and turning to try to make a dud work. I spent so many hours learning about it as a result of having tried, though, that I'm far more confident about a second effort, and I'm now taking the time to pull all the necessary pieces together. I'm also further along the learning curve than many others I know and am delighted to be able to advise them - crowd-sourced funding is a fantastic way to get support for cool ideas. http://www.indiegogo.com/QoL-experiments/x/84491?c=activity
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Melissa Ganus
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your New Year's resolutions?
I didn't get it from school - but wish it could be better taught there. I've heard of history professors who nail it, getting students to imagine themselves in the roles of the people they're studying, making decisions in those different contexts and challenges. May I ask, What do you think triggered it for you last year?
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Melissa Ganus
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your New Year's resolutions?
A friend told me that one of the most useful lessons he had on being able to see things from different perspectives came from a little video on Sesame Street: "That's about the size of it." I made a little TEDed of it a few weeks ago: http://ed.ted.com/on/ArGXIcnu. Let me know what you think? The ability to see things from other perspectives is sooooo powerful! A pity we aren't born with it and that so many people don't even know how to very well. How old do you think you were when this became important to you?
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Melissa Ganus
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your New Year's resolutions?
Love it! I've been hearing more about "productive failure" especially from one of my daughters, a recent TEDx presenter. Made this TEDed lesson for her video: http://ed.ted.com/on/myNbnIFE I've often tried to remember "If you aren't having fun, at least you're probably learning something!"
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Melissa Ganus
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your New Year's resolutions?
Colleen, I totally agree - each new period is an opportunity to start again, each end a chance to reflect on what we want to differently the next time. I've been seeing trips that take me to a new context for a few days as opportunities (or challenges!) for trying to start (or maintain) a new habit I've been wanting to develop.
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Melissa Ganus
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your New Year's resolutions?
I love the concept of reframing failures as learning experiences or "productive failures." I love Thomas Edison's quote from the period when he was trying to invent the lightbulb: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."