Cleaning out some folders …

Came across two  great Can’t Not Do people – one across town, the other around the world. Cleaning out some old folders because I’m moving, i.e. my family just a few miles away. I save stories I come across and should’ve shared these awhile ago –   Foster High School in greater Seattle would be your “stereotypical” inner-city, challenging, demographically-diverse school. Their AP Calculus pass and Graduation rates have both risen sharply in the last few years. One paragraph stood out for me — “… Stable leadership was crucial, too, which the school achieved two-and-a-half years ago, when (Principal) Larson arrived with her strong listening skills and a deep commitment to the school. She graduated from Foster, as did her children, her parents and her grandparents. Listening = active listening (ch. 5), deep commitment = determined optimism (ch. 1), graduated from Foster (who she is at her core, ch. 2). There are a lot of elements going in the right direction at Foster, just like at White center Heights Elementary (pages 4-6), less than 5 miles away as the crow flies. Principal Kim Larson and Foster’s story – http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/the-revival-of-foster-high-a-school-filled-with-refugees-makes-a-comeback/.   The other was Christa Preston with www.embracekulture.org, whom I met be chance at a meeting in SF last year, and she sent me this followup note a few days later – “Per your suggestion, here is what I can’t not do what I do — Oliva is 17. She speaks three languages. She loves cooking and wants to work in a restaurant and own a house with a room for her mother. If she had been born in America she would be in...

Planting Your Pole

The first week of a new book has been fun, educational, and hectic. For me, this is about way more than a book, it’s about what the people that read it DO about it. Last week, I heard a great story about one of the 16 people in the book, learned how it resonated, in unique ways, with people around the U.S. (and world, we sent 100 copies to China), and was challenged to define, even more deeply, why I wrote Can’t Not Do.   Feelin’ Some Love – I heard about Heidi Breeze-Harris, she leads off Chapter 7, who put up a Facebook post about the book at 405pm on Aug 10th and back was an avalanche of support and kudos for HER awesome work. That was cool Plant Your Poles – I learned how the kind of intentionality and focus I hope the book inspires resonated with another soon-to-be author, Kathryn Guylay. It’s powerful when people connect with Can’t Not Do from a whole different reference point. Hers was that “breaking down a ski run into a series of manageable pole plants (like the questions in the book) is the way to overcome the fear of starting the journey and gives you pivot points to work from as you change direction.” We had a great conversation on the radio last week. That was fun Change.This – One of the major book retailers, www.800ceoread.com, asked me to write down why the positive social impact one person can create has never been clearer, stronger, and more urgent. Why finding your Can’t Not Do means more now than it ever...