Posts Tagged ‘empowerment’

Momentum vs Inertia

Written by Les Dahl on December 2nd, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

document.write(" Helvetica, sans-serif;">

Let me hit you with some physics.


The first law of motion states:

A body in motion tends to remain in motion;

a stationary body tends to stay stationary.


How does this apply to school?


First, some groundwork . . .

     (1) List exactly what you want out of school

     (2) List everything you need to do to get what you want

     (3) List exactly how will you do what you need to do

     (4) Formulate a strategy . . . a plan of action.


Now . . . TAKE ACTION.

  • Start with #1 on your list and . . . just do it!



  • You started the ball rolling . . .


You've activated the first law of physics:

  • once the ball is rolling, it keeps rolling

              & rolling & rolling along its path toward your goals.


Now . . .


    If you didn't do the groundwork above

  • you didn't write down exactly what you want

  • you didn't list everything you need to do

  • you didn't determine a plan of action

  • you didn't take action . . .




The first law of motion still caught you!!!

     . . . the second half states:

  • a stationary (unmoved) body (that's you!)

             remains stationary (stuck in the same place).


It's called inertia.


The state of inertia is very comfortable . . .

     it requires no effort . . . no commitment . . .

          no goals . . . no plans . . .



The only problem is . . .

     in the state of  inertia

     you get absolutely no-where!

      . . . not even in circles!


You really do not want your year at school spent

     in a state of inertia . . .

          —that's just another form of hell.


So . . .

     shift into motion!


Here's your physics assignment:


    1. Decide exactly what you want to get

          out of each of your subjects

  • what scores to you want

               on your essays, reports, quizzes, tests & exams

  • what can you learn in each course

               to improve your knowledge base & your intelligence


2. Formulate a strategy to achieve your goals

  • devise a workable study / homework schedule

                   workable:  don't kill yourself

                        with an overdose of homework . . .

                    but don't short-change yourself either

                         --'no pain no gain!'


3. Take massive action . . .

  • don't just dip in your toe to test the water . . .

              jump into the deep end & swim!


As you start the ball rolling, another law of physics kicks in

  • the law of momentum states:

                it may take a lot of energy to starta body in motion,

                but then it takes much less energy to keep it moving


The hardest part is to start . . .

     but once you've initiated motion . . .

          momentum will carry you through!



The Sage


Image courtesy of  Stuart Miles / 




Written by Les Dahl on October 24th, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

My goal for each of you in the Teens4Real community

is to achieve *V. I. P.* distinction.


I firmly believe each of you is capable of achieving

*V. I. P.* status.


As I write this blog each week,

I envision what you might be 10 or 20 years from now!


As I let my vivid imagination soar,

the possibilities I see are limitless.


I ask myself,

'What can I say that will help these teens see

the amazing future available to them—

completely within your grasp?'


Sir Edmund Hillary said, “People do not decide to

become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish

extraordinary things.”


It's the little things that make the difference.


*V. I. P.* distinction emerges as you

persistently do everything extra-ordinarily well.


Everything means everything

     from the most insignificant task

     to the most important job—

persistently do everything extra-ordinarily well.


Sir Edmund Hillary, by the way, was a mountaineer &

explorer from New Zealand. On May 29, 1953, he & his

Nepalese Sherpa became the first climbers to reach

the summit of Mt. Everest. He is cited as one of the

100 most influential people of the 20th century.


That's *V. I. P.* distinction!


Hillary's climb was achieved step-by-step;

at times, inch-by-inch.

Some of his journey to the summit was

comfortable & easy;

other parts demanded every ounce of

his strength, determination & courage.


The same is true of your journey

to *V. I. P.* distinction!


Let me break it down.




  • Begin each project by clearly defining exactly 
    • what you want to accomplish 
    • what it will look like if accomplished perfectly 
      • whether its a homework assignment or 
    •            some chore asked of you
    • visualize the end result BEFORE you begin 


  • Think on paper
    • Draw, diagram, 'mind-map' the end result
    • Brainstorm, outline, plan the step-by-step procedure 

   that will take you to the end result

    • Studies have shown that goals & plans written down on paper

are consistently achieved!


    • That is the power of your Day Plan!
      • Be consistent...Be specific...Be detailed!




  • Make Nike's slogan your motto—Just Do It!
    • Don't wait to be told...Don't wait to be reminded!
      • Just Do It...and...Do It NOW!
      • The sooner you do it, the sooner it is done!


  • Become a self-employed entrepreneur!
    • Consider each assignment, each task, each chore,
           as a contract that you, as a project manager,
           have been hired to do!
    • Believe me, every 'project' you take on now will
           contribute to your wealth potential 5 – 10 years from now!
    • Be diligent...Be thorough...Be creative! 




  • Every skill you need to climb your Mount Everest
       can be learned—some easier than others


  • To MASTER a skill, however, takes practice, training & grit!
    • LOTS of practice, training & grit! 


  • We Jamaicans swell with pride 

when we hear the name Usain Bolt


    • Ask Usain how many times
           he has run the 100-meter sprint in training!
    • Ask him how many times
           he's practiced his starts!
    • Ask him how many times
           he's been tempted to quit
           after hours of grueling, exhausting workouts!


  • Why does he do it?
    • “I want to be a legend!” is Usain's answer.
    • Not just the best! Extra-ordinary!!!
  • That's *V. I. P.* distinction! 



The Sage