Monday, February 21, 2011

On Purpose, Learning and Strengths

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy (Meridian)“(Teaching) children is vastly more than fixing what is wrong with them. It is about identifying and nurturing their strongest qualities, what they own and are best at, and helping them find niches in which they can best live out their strengths.” -- Martin E.P. Seligman

“If you don’t recognize a young man’s will for meaning, you make him worse, you make him dull, you make him frustrated, you still add and contribute to his frustration … there must be a spark, a search for meaning. Let’s recognize this, let’s presuppose it and then you will elicit it from him and make him become in principle what he is capable of becoming.” “If you take man as he really is, you make him worse. But if we seem to be idealists in our overestimating, overrating man and looking at him that high … you know what happens? We promote him to what he really can be.” -- Victor Frankl

(h/t David A. Weisberg)

1 comment:

  1. You are so very right. I have 200+ students in my music school and we see them blossom daily because this is what they need to be nurtured in today - and we do that. I so value and appreciate the parents of our students who also recognize AND SUPPORT this in their children.

    Thanks for sharing, Steve.