Better to be a learn-it-all

Thank you to everyone who sent their suggestions for how to improve the Reading Challenge. I received a lot of great feedback. If at anytime you think of something, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If you missed my last post, click here.

I read a quote recently that is a great lesson for kids and adults alike. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, said, “The learn-it-all will always do better than the know-it-all.” He discovered this studying the characteristics of children who do well in school. He applies that same framework within the culture of Microsoft.

A young child is almost never afraid to be wrong. But by midway through elementary school, many children develop the fear of saying, “I don’t know.” This persists through high school, college and into adulthood. I still find myself slightly embarrassed when I don’t know something that I feel I should know.

The earlier a child is taught that it’s okay to not know and then encouraged to learn, the more likely they will develop into a learn-it-all rather than a know-it-all. Nadella learned this from Carol Dweck’s Mindset, one of the books I recommend on my website: Recommended Reading. I’ve put up a list of my favorite books for adults and kids. If you find any of them interesting, let me know!

Let's keep the challenge going

Last summer, I had a great time hosting my Summer Reading Challenge. We had over 1000 students complete it and show up to Cal’s opening game. One of the best parts of hosting the challenge was hearing stories of kids who found a passion for reading and went back to school with an improved reading level. Right now, I’m exploring the idea of continuing the Summer Reading Challenge. I would like to hear your feedback. If you have any suggestions or ideas for how the challenge could be made better, please send me an email. If you want to share stories about the challenge or its impact on your student, I would love to hear that too!

One of my goals is to open up the challenge to more schools in underprivileged areas. While the challenge was open to everyone, I failed to get a significant number of kids from underprivileged schools to complete the challenge and make it to the game. I’d like to do more outreach and provide transportation to make it easier for them and their families.

I look forward to hearing what you think!

A Machine For Character Development

My final college season came to an end a month ago. It didn't end the way my team and I would've liked. And unfortunately, I broke my collarbone in the 2nd quarter, falling 35 yards short of a 1000-yard season and setting me back a few weeks in training for the NFL.

I had a conversation with my head coach a few hours after the game. He said to me, "If this is one of the harder things you have to go through, then you've had a pretty good life." This may sound odd but this is one of the reasons why I've grown to love football. I've learned that this sport is a machine for character development. The time commitment, emotional and physical demand, and the discipline it takes to excel have provided me with some incredible life lessons. This setback is just another opportunity to grow.

At the beginning of this year, I signed with Reign Sports Management and have moved to Seattle to start training for the NFL Draft. I'm excited for this next chapter in my life. All this wouldn't have been possible without the help and support I've received in my 23 years of life. I owe many thanks.

I wish everyone the best in 2019.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped make my Summer Reading Challenge a success. 3000 tickets were given out as a result of students completing the challenge. It was an honor to host and I couldn't have done it without the support of everyone in the Cal community.

Going forward, I will continue to encourage kids to read. I believe it is one of the most important skills that anyone can learn. Education is the solution to many problems in society and much of a student's success starts with childhood reading. That's why I believe promoting reading is so important. 

For those who were able to stay after the game, I mentioned a new program Cal Athletics is starting. It's called Cal Bears Read. It's similar to my program in that students can read to earn tickets to Cal games, but this time not just football! More information can be found here: calbears.com/calbearsread

Thanks again to everyone who participated and completed my challenge! I'm working to continue the program for years to come. Even though the challenge is over, I would love to stay connected with you all. Please reach out anytime.

Go Bears!

Check out the photos and video from after the game!