Angela Duckworth, former teacher, current psychology professor & researcher, uses the term ‘grit’ to describe the passion and perseverance needed to successfully achieve challenging and personally meaningful long-term goals. Drawing from her research, Duckworth states hard work and effort are more important than natural talent when it comes to predicting success. People who continue toContinue reading “Grit”


Ikigai Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in our life, or the things that make our life meaningful. Finding a balance between pursuing our passions and the practical need to earn a living is not an easy task,Continue reading “Ikigai”

Explore Your Passions

After learning more about work well-being the other week, I was reminded of my friend Louella who has made well-being a priority in both her work and home life. I met Lou when we worked in the UAE as part of the team opening a new school. It quickly became clear that she was anContinue reading “Explore Your Passions”