Building resiliency and persistence

Spectrum Podcasts audio linkEpisode Summary: Find the hidden gifts in obstacles and challenges. Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with Dan Deigan, founder of the Little Conversations Today Web site, to discuss the concepts of failure and success, offering practical suggestions for parents and educators help children deal with frustration, challenges, and obstacles they encounter.

This program addresses the language of self-talk, and how we can model and teach personal responsibility and a belief system built on the idea that every adverse experience offers a “window of opportunity” for personal growth and learning. Topics also include persistence, self-control, modeling, and avoiding reactive and angry responses to frustration. Right-click on this link to download a copy of this mp3 file to your hard drive, or click on the bar below to listen.

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Dan Deigan, guest on Spectrum PodcastsDan Deigan

Little Conversations Today
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Dan Deigan serves as an inspiration to others. His energy, passion, and laugh are infectious. He is a devoted husband, father, and the co-founder of the Little Conversations Today, a Web site designed “to help people overcome adversity one expert at a time.” A troubled youth, Dan’s life turned around when his father handed him a copy of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power Of Positive Thinking.

The concepts in this book as well as the work of Brian Biro, Ed Foreman, Zig Ziglar, Bob Proctor, Dale Carnegie, and Wallace Waddles led Dan to co-found Little Conversations Today with his wife Christine. Dan lives in Ontario, Canada with his wife Christine, son Brendan, daughter Jessica, and their dog Blue. Dan is devoted to making a dynamic shift in the world today. He lives every day with this belief: “Impossible is just an opinion.”

This program was recorded on August 16, 2012. The content is also available on the Energize Students Web site.

© 2012, Dr. Jane Bluestein, Father Sky Media.

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Related links:

Little Conversations Today, Dan Deigan’s Web site, dedicated to providing children and their families with the education and understanding that they can accomplish more than they believe they can by sharing unique information, professional advice, education, helpful tips, and specialized knowledge, and through real inspirational stories that show how apparent failure, when mixed with persistence, understanding, and awareness, can lead to success.

The Power of Discouragement,” a fable.

Ways to be an Effective Mentor,” by Dr. Jane Bluestein.

9 Benefits of Asking Questions (instead of Giving Answers).” Excerpt by Dr. Jane Bluestein with tips to help kids build problem-solving confidence and skill, . This excerpt is also available in Spanish and French.

15 Things You Should Give up to Be Happy,” by Luminita Daniela Saviuc (blogger as “PurposeFairy”).

15 Powerful Lessons I’ve Learned from Life,” by Luminita Daniela Saviuc (blogger as “PurposeFairy”).

Can Kids be Taught Persistence?” by Jennie Rose.

Teach Children to Persist,” by Michael Grose.

Rebounding from Failure,” by Jeff McClung.

Helping Young Children Cope with Frustration,” by Lisa Medoff.

Teaching Resilience to Children,” by Lynne Namka.

Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities by Sharon Lechter, Greg Reid, and Mark Victor Hansen.

Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success by Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter, Michael B. Beckwith, and Mark Victor Hansen.

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Text from 1643 mentioned in the podcast.

Valuable quotes:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
—Calvin Coolidge

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”
—Wayne Gretzky

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