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Two interesting articles

Succeeding at their own pace, Alex Beam (Boston Globe)

“You canít understand Google unless you know that both Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin] were Montessori kids,” one staffer tells [Steven] Levy. “Montessori really teaches you to do things on your own at your own pace and schedule,” Brin says in the book [“IN THE PLEX: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives”] by Steven Levy. “It was a pretty fun, playful environment - like Google.” . . .

Not hard to explain, says Dr. Kathy Roemer, who is the president of American Montessori Society and executive director of three Montessori schools in Manhattan: “Brain research shows that all the characteristics those Internet entrepreneurs value - divergent and innovative thinking, intellectual self-reliance - develop before the age of 10.” That has always been the primary focus of Montessori education. “In the Montessori classroom, mistakes are opportunities for learning, chances to get children to think for themselves.”


Failing forward, Hiawatha Bray (Boston Globe) illustrating with a dramatic example how failure is often one of the important ingredients of success.

“Steve Jobsís career defined as much by missteps as triumphs”

[excerpt from the article] Edmondson, a professor at the Harvard Business School, said successful entrepreneurs learn to expect failure. “Anything new and different and exciting that youíre going to try to do has a very high likelihood of failing,” Edmonson said. ”If you understand that, youíre much better off.”

related tech tantra article about Steve Jobs and the origin of Cosmic Encounter®




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