2 Top 10 All-Time Stupid Quotes: 10. “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.” KENNETH OLSEN, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, IN 19779. “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH, FRENCH MILITARY STRATEGIST AND FUTURE WORLD WAR I COMMANDER, IN 1911
3 8. “[Man will never reach the moon] regardless of all future scientific advances.”DR. LEE DE FOREST, INVENTOR OF THE AUDION TUBE AND FATHER OF RADIO, ON FEBRUARY 25, 19677. “[Television] won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” DARRYL F. ZANUCK, HEAD OF 20TH CENTURY-FOX, IN 19466. “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.” DECCA RECORDS REJECTING THE BEATLES, IN 1962
4 5. “For the majority of people, the use of tobacco has a beneficial effect.” DR. IAN G. MACDONALD, LOS ANGELES SURGEON, AS QUOTED IN NEWSWEEK, NOVEMBER 18, 19694. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” WESTERN UNION INTERNAL MEMO, IN 18763. “The earth is the center of the universe.” PTOLEMY, THE GREAT EGYPTIAN ASTRONOMER, 200 A.D.
5 1. “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” 2. “Nothing of importance happened today.”WRITTEN BY KING GEORGE III OF ENGLAND ON JULY 4, 17761. “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”CHARLES H. DUELL, U.S. COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS, IN 1899Covey, Sean (2011). The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens (p. 12). Touchstone. Kindle Edition.
6 Some More Stupid Quotes “No one in my family has ever gone to college. I’d be crazy to think I could make it”“It’s no use. My parents and I will never get along. We’re just too different.”“My teacher is out to get me.”“You can’t get ahead in life unless you know the right people.”
7 Paradigms and Principals “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you see the world.”-George Bernard Shaw
8 What is a Paradigm?A paradigm is the way you see something, your point of view, frame of reference, or belief.
9 Write these words on the board for brainstorming. SelfOthersLifeFriend-CenteredStuff-CenteredSchool-CenteredParent-CenteredPrinciple-Centered
10 KING LOUIS XVI of FRANCE Paradigms of SelfRead this story silently or allow a student to read aloud to the class:KING LOUIS XVI of FRANCEKing Louis had been taken from his throne and imprisoned. His young son, the prince, was taken by those who dethroned the king. They thought that inasmuch as the king’s son was heir to the throne, if they could destroy him morally, he would never realize the great and grand destiny that life had bestowed upon him. They took him to a community far away, and there they exposed the lad to every filthy and vile thing that life could offer. They exposed him to foods the richness of which would quickly make him a slave to appetite. They used vile language around him constantly. They exposed him to lewd and lusting women. They exposed him to dishonor and distrust. He was surrounded twenty-four hours a day by everything that could drag the soul of a man as low as one could slip. For over six months he had this treatment—but not once did the young lad buckle under pressure. Finally, after intensive temptation, they questioned him. Why had he not submitted himself to these things— why had he not partaken? These things would provide pleasure, satisfy his lusts, and were desirable; they were all his. The boy said, “I cannot do what you ask for I was born to be a king.”Covey, Sean (2011). The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens (p. 15). Touchstone. Kindle Edition.Brainstorm examples of paradigms of self on the board.
11 Paradigms of OthersAllow a student to read the italicized story on page 16 under the heading, “Paradigms of Others.”Show the video:Brainstorm and write exampleson the board
12 Paradigms of Life What is the driving force of my life? Brainstorm using these three questions as your guide:What is the driving force of my life?What do I spend my time thinking about?Who or what is my obsession?
13 Friend-Centered Stuff-Centered More Paradigms Continue brainstorming aboutFriend-CenteredStuff-Centered
14 School-Centered Paradigms Allow a student to read the italicized story on page 21.Brainstorm examples of School-Centered paradigms.
15 Parent-Centered Paradigms Allow a student to read the italicized story on pageBrainstorm examples of Parent-Centered paradigms.
16 Principle-Centered The REAL Thing Honesty Hard work Respect Integrity ResponsibilityLoyaltyModerationGratitude
17 The glasses through which you see the world—Have a Paradigm Shift! Watch this video:
18 Baby Steps1. The next time you look in the mirror say something positive about yourself. 2. Show appreciation for someone’s point of view today. Say something like “Hey, that is a cool idea.” 3. Think of a limiting paradigm you might have of yourself, such as “I’m not outgoing.” Now, do something today that totally contradicts that paradigm.
19 Baby Steps4. Think of a loved one or close friend who has been acting out of character lately. Consider what might be causing them to act that way. 5. When you have nothing to do, what is it that occupies your thoughts? Remember, whatever is most important to you will become your paradigm or life-center. What occupies my time and energy?
20 Baby Steps6. The Golden Rule rules! Begin today to treat others as you would want them to treat you. Don’t be impatient, complain about leftovers, or bad-mouth someone, unless you want the same treatment. 7. Sometime soon, find a quiet place where you can be alone. Think about what matters most to you.
21 Baby Steps8. Listen carefully to the lyrics of the music you listen to most frequently. Evaluate if they are in harmony with the principles you believe in. 9. When you do your chores at home or work tonight, try out the principle of hard work. Go the extra mile and do more than is expected.
22 Baby Steps10. The next time you’re in a tough situation and don’t know what to do, ask yourself, “What principle should I apply (i.e., honesty, love, loyalty, hard work, patience)?” Now, follow the principle and don’t look back.Covey, Sean (2011). The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens (p ). Touchstone. Kindle Edition.