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Bounce Pt. 3 New Ideas Emerged

Reflecting back on the Meta Analysis of How I Got to Now in comparison to Syed’s last part of his book, I found new insights. Syed(2010) claims, “A key difference between experts and novices is that experts are better at extracting information from what is going on around them” (p. 222).  This claim leads to critical thinking and keen judgements.  In my three creative examples the makers saw virtual glasses, instant replays, and online citizenship is in three different areas but had one similarity, changed the human experience because of keen judgement.   This insight is being focused on what is present and enhancing it to become better.  This is the critical thinking on behalf of an individual to make keen judgement.

One key point about the last part of Bounce is the false belief to fall in love with someone’s talent.   Thinking that the one’s talent is effortless and to keep up with them I need to cheat the rules to gain an edge with drugs.  Those I interviewed were Pastor Pat and Lady J reminded me of this issue of talent.  Looking at both of them being successful in their own lanes, it is not talent that separates them form others in their field, but the constant trail and effort.  Syed (2010) says, “ In a case where someone takes a drug to make them faster in a race, they benefit only if it is denied to others”(p. 250).  The playing field would never start out equal when someone has an artificial advantage, but like my interviewees they both work hard and practice new methods to keep them out front.

In conceptualizing what is creativity and my journey of my creative self a few new ideas emerged as I read Syed’s last chapter.  There is a question, “Is blacks superior runners?” Syed(2010) says, “Blacks athletes were rated by participants as being higher in natural ability”(p. 283).  If people start believing the hype of stereotypes that one group is out performing because they are just born like that,  it will stop the hope of trying. The genetics which is one small portion of the process must be coupled with high quality practice, mindset, environment, culture, and self-motivation.  Genetics and environment does the performer no good without a mentor/coach fine tuning the process.  The examples I used about my character program and flipped classrooms must be coupled with high quality learning, efficiency, growth mindset and practice.  These processes must stretch learner’s ability even if they fail because they get better with new territory charted.   Mindsets, self-motivation and environments have been some strong points I have seen in reaching successful outcomes in my writing of my meta-analysis paper.  One huge take away from the last part of Syed’s Bounce is performer must be intentional on practice, practice and more practice to become keen at their skill.




Syed, M. (2010). Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the science of success.

Harper Collins.


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5E’s of How To Get Off Welfare


When the Great Depression happened in this country and over half of the country abled bodied worker were unemployed President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Social Security Act was enacted in 1935.  This Act was a social act loss given to families to subsidize the loss of an income producing father. Welfare encompasses those government programs that provide benefits and economic assistance to no or low income Americans. It can also be defined as financial assistance to poor Americans  supplied by paid taxes of the working class. One of the main goals of welfare US is to improve the quality of life and living standards for the poor and underprivileged. Welfare help is usually extended to people groups other than just the poor and underprivileged such as the elderly, the disabled, students, and unpaid workers, such as mothers and caregivers.  The intent of welfare in its inception was great, but the results has been a catastrophe because now there is massive abuse from abled body people not wanting to do anything different.

Below are some of the main welfare programs being abused by abled body people

Welfare programs available in the United States include: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Head Start, Work Study, and Medicare. Social Security, often times called an entitlement program, is also considered one of the welfare programs in the U.S.. TANF is probably one of the most recognized and abused of the welfare programs. Formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependant Children (AFDC), TANF was a reform measure for this program. No longer a lifelong program as AFDC was, TANF limits welfare benefits to a specified period of time. The states set these limitations, and most state’s plans terminate TANF benefits after five years.  The clock of TANF stops and even starts over when a women is pregnant with a new child.


My process steps below are intended for abled body people to have a means to get off the welfare system with my 5E’s.



If only environments you know are the ones that is keeping you in poverty, then those are the environments you will want.   Normally those receipts on welfare assistance collaborate with others in the same situation.  The adage, “Birds of a feather flock together.”  If you want more you must expose yourself to more.  If nothing is what you shot for, then nothing is what you will hit.  Intentionally seek friendships, programs and associations with people that are not on or about welfare.  This means you need to start hanging out with the opposite of people you currently hang with because you want to expand not disband your life.  For starters catch the bus, cab or drive to a wealthy area and observe their parks, houses, malls and daily life in their communities.  This should spark a noticeable difference to you in your head about your own situation.




*Take advantage of free classes offered to you *Read about 30 minutes every day*Watch a TED talk *Read up on “funny” material* Learn a new word everyday* Watch documentaries * Take up a new language * Follow blogs *Do crossword puzzles *Join a reading clubs.  If you are going to get more in your hip pocket you got to get more in your head socket.  To earn more you need to learn more.  Formal classroom learning may not be the route for you at first, but you can start reading books, magazines and googling areas of your learning interest now. Remember whatever you learn new is education and this can be done without traditional classrooms.   Inform yourself about topics like business, housing, politics, money, fitness and health as starters.


You need to become motivated to be delivered off welfare like it is a disease.   Often times the mood of those on welfare is of the groom and doom.  I believe that you receive into your life what type of emotions you give out.  Find a few things you can be absolutely excited about and think on those things every day.  I recommend that you bring your own weather with you because it is enough rainy weather in our world that pulls our attitudes down.  When the going gets tough the tough get more excited about their goals of success.  Saturate your walls with pictures of happiness, get a happy apt on your phone, start watching exciting movies, listen to exciting speakers all to keep you in a state of excitement.  You need high energy emotions to break through the gloom and doom that welfare brings.



Start your journey off welfare with a vision broad of exploration.  Find people, pictures of places and things you see as successful and develop a timeline to getting there.  You may not be off welfare completely by the time you get to this stage, but explore places you want to end up now.  Having an end in mind is highly important for you to break this cycle.  You may not go to new places physically, so let your fingers do the traveling on google and find out how others outside your circle of influence really live.  Without a vision your emancipation from welfare is not possible.  Explore new places, gain new friends, read new books, go to new schools, go to new places of worship and find new people that can mentor you in moving toward success.  Develop some new habits like hang gliding, mountain climbing, parachuting or anything that elevates your view of our world.  Make sure your vision board goals stretch you so far that you become a different person in process of obtaining your explorations before you get there.


Many recipients — particularly the “long-term” dependents — welfare clearly pays substantially more than an entry-level jobs.  “In 33 states and the District of Columbia, welfare pays more than an $8-an-hour job” says Michael Tanner a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.   In 12 states and DC, the welfare package is more generous than a $15-an-hour job.  Usually a recipient with little to no education would be hard pressed to give up the luxury welfare.  Nevertheless, you must because of your independence.  An acronym for job to many welfare recipients is just over broke.  Many times you were broke before you got the job and it feels like you are just over that while employed.  One way to change this is to begin looking at yourself as an independent business professional looking for partnerships.  If those partnerships are traditional employment fine, but it is wise to start a small generating business now.  My recommendations are for you to start your own business.  Find out what you are good at whether it is a product or service, and start generating some income.  You are not trying to hit a home run with this small business, just think about getting on base and in the future taking it further.  You want to begin making your own money and paying your way which grows your mindset to stay independent of welfare.


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3 examples Of Creativity

What I learned?

When I take a closer up at everything there is an element of creativity in it. No creativity is equal or better than the next.  Each is unique to its own design.  All my examples had a spark of genius.  Makers took a look at the same old models and made technologically advances to them and changed how people experience them.   My football example has experienced creative technology coming in changing an old traditional grid iron game into a new star trek experience for fans and players.  Any fan and player at a stadium game or watching elsewhere can use tablets, their smartphones, DVRs or a social media outlets to keep up with their favorite teams, playbooks and scores(Brousell, 2014).


Key Aha Insights

The big takeaway for me was how virtual glasses, instant replays, and online citizenship is in three different areas but had one similarity, changed the human experience.  Same old roller coasters, same old character values and football and with intentionally innovation changed forever how we experience it.

Conceptualizing What Is Creativity

What I learned?

My design centric was a flipped classroom method for active learning.  I learned traditional education in not in for everyone.  There is more learning happening in collaboration, independent study, video homework and virtual lessons plans.  When I observed this style of teaching I learned it was just student centered verse lesson plan centered.

Key Aha Insights

As educators if learning is not going on in our classes then our teaching is ineffective.  Flipped classrooms are an alternative way to reach students that does not thrive in traditional settings.  The takeaways for me are students have more control, lessons are more accessible and students get a chance to use technology in the learning.

2 Creative People Interviewed

What I learned?

The notable differences I seen is Lady J has a product that adds value and Pastor Pat has a service that adds value.  Pastor Pat begun with an already established group and is pushing it to become bigger through multiple sites.  Lady J started organically and is building a customer base in order to grow into a franchising business someday.     Both parties had a high self –efficacy and showed if you were going to be success you must work your plan even when people disbelieve.

Key Aha Insights

Both were focused on their process.  Both have little mottos they say all the time to others that gives credibility to what they are doing.  They both exhibit strong leadership and good people skills. Pastor Pat said, “Leadership is all about influence” (Maxwell, 2008).


What I learned?

My main observation with Syed’s Bounce book is the process analysis he used to identify success in sports, yet the principles can be used in all success areas.  Talent is overrated because it is not enough to keep you at the top.   The purposeful practice in any discipline has a greater chance to yield sustained success.

Key Aha Insights

Syed was a champion at table tennis and could speak to habits that form a champion in anything.  I enjoyed his explanation about society and sports in “Are Blacks Superior Runners” because sports is the closest thing we have to measure worth ( Syed, 2010).  Human potential at its highest is seen in sports because competition brings it out of us and the spoils go to the victor.

Journey Of Your Creative Self

What I learned?

I learned the better prepared I am the more successful the outcome because pressure is real.  Given the task to develop a process for deviant youth over the summer in 1997 placed a lot pressure on me.  I was only twenty one years old at the time and my self-efficacy was not like it is today.  I learned process needed to be simple with an end in mind.  In those days I had too much focus on my outcome product, but I should have focused more on the process.  I learned to rid my lesson plans and lectures of assumptions that I can teach these young people character education because I come from similar backgrounds.  Syed(2010) says, “If the performer feels no pressure then there is no pressure.” I applied this then and now to how I approach all new ventures.

Key Aha Insights

Transformation as a learner and educator happened to me.  As I grew I viewed, “learning cannot be reduced to merely intellectual activity”, because it became so much more than that for me.  I saw real change in many of those youth that summer.  I have adopted the philosophy of teaching for change and being a change agent in the world.





Brousell, L. (2014, August 26). 7 new technologies take the field this NFL season. . Retrieved

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Maxwell, J. C. (2008). Leadership gold: Lessons I’ve learned from a lifetime of leading. Harper


Syed, M. (2010). Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the science of success.

Harper Collins.

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