Ascendant Design
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Wednesday Wisdom: September 2020

By Bridget Manley

September 2, 2020

When you begin learning a new skill, there's a good chance you won't feel very confident. You may feel unprepared, disoriented, or inadequate.

That's OK. The confidence comes later. It's not a requirement to start the journey. It's scary to get nudged outside your comfort zone a bit. However, research shows this is the mental space where we learn best. (If you want to learn more, check out Lev Vygotsky's work on the Zone of Proximal Development.)

Don't wait to feel confident before you tackle a new skill or learn a new subject. Just take the dive.

September 9, 2020

For many folks, September is a time for fresh starts. It often invokes memories of fresh school supplies and new challenges.

Like so many other things, the normalcy of our back-to-school traditions have been upended this year. But you can still leverage the power of "the other January" by thinking about what you want to change in this last quarter of 2020.

Are you:

  • Taking new classes?

  • Learning new skills?

  • Studying a new subject?

If so, comment on this post on our Instagram page and tell us what you've been up to!

September 16, 2020

Shaping your future is as simple -- and as challenging -- as making choices that move you closer to becoming the person you want to be.

Choosing to educate yourself is one of those good choices. Whether you take a formal course or prefer a more informal route, like watching educational YouTube videos, you're equipping yourself with the tools you need to become your best self.

That's why we're passionate about what we do. We love creating tools and resources that help people reach their full human potential.

September 23, 2020

Learning how to learn is critical for life-long growth. This maxim has certainly proven true in our experience. And few skills are more critical to learning than metacognition, or the ability to think critically about your understanding.

Look for our Sept. 24 post for more information about metacognition and how you can use it to become a better learner.

September 30, 2020

We love this quote from Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin. Many things lie beyond our control, but we always have the freedom and the responsibility to transform ourselves.

Learn more about Rustin's life and work, including his role in the 1963 March on Washington: