My first job and the recommendation letters I've received are all related to my personality traits. With the focus of improving and growing, it's important to have quality goals to aim for, and these are traits that will help attain success. Selflessness helps in dealing with people, which we all have to do at some point. Work ethic helps build your reputation, in a good way. Open mindedness gives amazing ideas a chance to change our lives.
As a student (in a formal school, the school of hard knocks or just of life) being a fast learner, and being able to get the most out of your learning opportunities helps. I had a programming professor have a hard time believing how little time I'd been studying the topic. By understanding these three learning cycles, I can better optimize my efforts. First is the theory and practice cycle where compare them to keep ourselves on track. Second is the motivation, effort and goals cycle taking us through all of our actions, which are learning opportunities. Last are those eureka moments that seem to strike out of the blue.
In one of my recommendation letters a former employee says I consistently out performed some of his other employees who had more experience. The secret to that kind of problem solving is I'm using communication, contemplation and creation to get the task done, and done well. Communication informs me about the situation. Contemplation makes conclusions from that information that I can act on. Creation is making things happen, based on my conclusions. Yes, the guidelines, learning cycles and personality traits I have and will share help, but it's the Three C's that they help.
All through school I've been told that I have high aptitude, lots of potential and have been surprising teachers with what I can do, because of these guidelines. The Legacy Of Lore guidelines are to handle insanity, to approach things with a play mentality and following the 80% rule. Emotions, intellect and instincts drive us insane, regularly if we let them. Dealing with stress, frustration and mistakes is generally easier if we are "playing". If we only put 80% into an activity we have something extra for the unforeseen and the helpful. So, let's take a closer look at these guidelines that will be included in the book project.
In the effort to help students, teachers and learners of all varieties (everybody), I decided to write a little booklet on my approach to life, learning and problem solving. Eventually the LOL (Legacy Of Lore) booklet will expand into a full fledged book, but it has a lot of growing to do till then. I intend to share it with those I am trying to help personally, and with anybody else interested.
This project first came to mind around the spring of 2006 in a college calculus class. The trigger was looking for a simple definition, and either finding resources that were insufficient, or incomprehensible. Being the creative intellectual I am, the problem both irritated and intrigued me. First I designed a better resource framework than I could find, but it would be worth little without being implemented. So, I set about trying to find a way to do that. As time went, one challenge led to another. Now, nearly four years later I am able to start this project