Kaizen – Small Changes for Big Effects

One book I really appreciated - a book that combines ancient wisdom with practical application - explores the Japanese concept of kaizen.  The author, Robert Maurer, describes kaizen as follows: Kaizen has two definitions: using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and … Continue reading Kaizen – Small Changes for Big Effects

Is Willpower a Finite Resource?

Is willpower a finite resource? Those familiar with Roy Baumeister's research would likely agree.  They would advise people to eat breakfast and prioritize difficult tasks in the morning when willpower reserves are high. Others like Jocko Willink would object, positing that spending willpower creates an upward spiral of momentum.  In other words, self-control begets more … Continue reading Is Willpower a Finite Resource?

My Students Say the Darndest Things II

The best blessing of working in a high school is the daily interactions with my students.  Many can hold great conversations.  Other times, hilarity and absurdity reign supreme. Note:  I don't give my students English names, but I changed their names for the sake of anonymity (and because it's fun). Two students work on a … Continue reading My Students Say the Darndest Things II

The Best (Almost Free) Thing I Brought to Korea

It’s fair to say I grossly over-packed for Korea.  I can hardly blame myself.  With little idea of where I would live, where I would work, and what resources I could easily access, I felt compelled to pack for life a big city, a remote island village, and every place in between.  Moreover, my height … Continue reading The Best (Almost Free) Thing I Brought to Korea

New Schedule, Same Constant Change

Life always changes.  Nothing is permanent. However, in Korea, that flux feels just a bit faster. This semester I’ve slowly adjusted to a new schedule - my walk-in-the-park 16-class load expanded to 20.  However, despite initial growing pains, I’ve found several positives in this new work routine. Initially, I taught 8 classes in the first … Continue reading New Schedule, Same Constant Change