I thought of starting the year with a very timely book called ‘Atomic Habits’. As the new year and new decade dawns, most of us want to make this big shift, this big change in our lives. We want to plan the next decade, we want to go on that crazy diet and we want to get to the next milestone of our life ASAP.
But what if I told you that a small change can be more effective than going really big. That is why I recommend ‘Atomic Habits’, a book about the tiny changes that you can make to create a better life.
The author, James Clear has a brilliant and articulate way of sharing stories. And his idea is simple; implement small changes and that will get you far in the long run because they have a compounding effect!
Some of the quotes that made an impact on me:
“When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. ”
“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow.”
“When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.”
“If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead.”
“You don’t have to be the victim of your environment. You can also be the architect of it.”
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The second book that I seriously recommend to at least those people interested in education, learning, parents, teachers, and educators who really want to understand the best way of giving kids a world-class education: The smartest kids in the world by Amanda Ripley
This book is such an eye-opener on how the education systems are working around the world and what ‘a great education’ actually means. It takes you through the journey of 4 kids who travel to Finland, South Korea, Poland, and the United States to get educated. It makes you think about what really matters when it comes to making our kids learn.
The three things that made an impact on me:
- Are we making our children thinkers or just learners?
- Are we making our kids conscious of the importance that education plays in life?
- How important is financial stability, family stability, culture and technology in a child’s school life?
My favorite quotes from the book are:
“I’d been looking around the world for clues as to what other countries were doing right, but the important distinctions were not about spending or local control or curriculum; none of that mattered very much. Policies mostly worked in the margins. The fundamental difference was a psychological one. The education superpowers believed in rigor. People in these countries agreed on the purpose of school: School existed to help students master complex academic material. Other things mattered, too, but nothing mattered as much.”
“If parents simply read for pleasure at home on their own, their children were more likely to enjoy reading, too. That pattern held fast across very different countries and different levels of family income. Kids could see what parents valued, and it mattered more than what parents said.”
“You cannot measure what counts in education—the human qualities.”
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