Category: Empowerment

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Learning to Fall: What Cerebral Palsy Taught Me About Failing

As I mature both in age and in understanding of myself and the world we live in, I’ve become increasingly convinced that it is time for us to change our mindset and language regarding success and failure. I recently read a quote by former IBM president Thomas John Watson Sr. He states, “If you want to increase your success rate double your failure rate.” While I wholeheartedly agree with this premise, I would recommend that...

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Overcoming Challenges: A Conversation with Allan Wich

Blake interviews Allan Wich who is an author, coach, and co-host of the Think Bold, Be Bold podcast. Please join Blake and Allan as they discuss challenges that they’ve overcome and how they are using those experiences to be relatable in their personal and professional relationships. Meet Allan Allan is the founder of the Prospecting Mastery Institute, Meridian Coaching, co-author of the book ‘The Change’, author of the book ’10 Pillars of Recruiting Mastery’ and...

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The Role of Social Development in an Inclusive Classroom

Are we fostering healthy self-esteem in children and adolescents today? In the previous post, we talked about the effect inclusive environments have on a child’s academic development. Today, I want to look at the impact that an inclusive classroom has on their social development with their peers and their self-esteem. A study in 1999 by Hughes found that teacher-student relationships can have a significant effect on peer perceptions of other students. Therefore, by having kids...

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The 6 Questions to Ask for an Inclusive Classroom

Are we fostering healthy self-esteem in children and adolescents today? Today, I am writing a post about how an inclusive academic environment helps build self-esteem. Now a couple of notes before we begin. This post is meant to be an overview of the topic of academic inclusion. I literally could spend hours talking about inclusion, but I am just going to highlight some of the critical questions that I feel are important when creating an...

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Throwing A Stone: Leaving a Lasting Impact

Hi, my name is Blake Shelley, and I am a speaker, blogger, and author of an upcoming book. For the last 26 years, I have lived with Cerebral Palsy, commonly known as CP. CP is a disorder that affects my muscle movements, but in no way impacts my intellect. The reason I am making this video is to introduce myself and explain why I speak, why make videos, and ultimately why I am writing a...