Valley Uprising

Valley Uprising and Thoughts on Yosemite Climbing

Between 1999 and 2009 our family spent a fair amount of time at Granite Arch Climbing Center in Sacramento, CA. We went there to learn, to practice, to improve our climbing skills and to hang out with friends.

Granite Arch was a fun place and we logged a lot of hours dangling from ropes above shredded tires. We had no idea at the time, but also baked into that arrangement was something truly remarkable.

The Death of Innovation

This video is a few years old now. In fact, we first watched it in 2007 or 2008 before our kids even started attending school. The idea that creativity is just as important as literacy is one that I subscribe to wholeheartedly.

If you are not prepared to be wrong, or refuse to ever be wrong then you will never come up with anything original. So if our educational systems are too formulaic and focus too much on eliminating mistakes and always getting the right answers then we effectively institutionalize what is the opposite of innovation. 

Anyhow, if you haven’t seen this and are curious about intelligence, creativity, ideas and educational systems give this a watch.

The difference between winning and succeeding | John Wooden

I have always loved John Wooden’s definition of success.  By no means am I a basketball coach, player, or fan.  But you don’t need to appreciate basketball to appreciate John Wooden.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. ~ John Wooden

John Wooden was an American basketball player and head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row.