Little Madison and Makenzy blast into the house. “We’re hoooooome!”
“How was school today? What did you learn?” The kids eagerly recount their exciting day of geometry, English, physics, history, and more.
Adults are immersed in school-of-life subjects such as relationships, work, dreams, finance, health, etc. However, we rarely do the “what did you learn today?” routine even though we attend our schools every day.
Some challenges have come up in my life-school. Why did I think of them as challenges? I could just as easily have thought of them as problems, puzzles, opportunities, or gifts. The first lesson for me: Notice how I interpret a situation. If I see challenges, I create one set of responses; if I see opportunities, I create different responses.
“You have four oranges, two trash cans, and one box of oil filters.” In regular school we’re told whether our assignment is for math, home economics, or English. In life-school, we, the students, label the subject. My second lesson was in how to assign the labels. Work? Relationships? Values? The subject I select defines the solutions I consider.
When you read “their exciting day of geometry, English, physics, history, and more,” did you see it as tongue-in-cheek humor? That illustrates my third lesson: Whether today’s curriculum covers geometry, English, physics, and history, or whether it covers work, relationships, and values, we get to choose whether it’s an exciting day.
What did you learn in school today?
Look at the details of your life today. Where did you see problems, issues, challenges, opportunities, gifts, or something else? Where could you have seen things differently?
Was your day exciting? Will tomorrow be exciting?
What do you get from a man who has earned degrees in political philosophy at Yale and business management at Harvard, created 2 innovative businesses, traveled the world, won a patent and an industry award for simulation technology, grown through personal-effectiveness study and coaching, and experienced over 5 decades of life? You get someone who has seen and thought a lot. Mark Chussil is the author of "Nice Start" and 2 other books, chapters for 5 others, and dozens of articles. He's a highly rated public speaker who has lectured and consulted on 6 continents. He was named one of 2010′s Top 100 Thought Leaders on Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, and he was elected to the Board of Directors of Friends of the Children in 2011.