Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Quote of the Week

“Hope makes an extraordinary difference. Academic performance of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania were predicted more accurately by tests that measured their level of optimism than by their SAT scores or high school grades. Daniel Goleman writes, ‘From the perspective of emotional intelligence, having hope means that one will not give in to overwhelming anxiety, a defeatist attitude, or depression in the face of difficult challenges or setbacks.’ . . . . The conviction that our effort makes a difference and that we are not victims of circumstances is what keeps us persisting in the face of setbacks.”

- John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, p. 159

1 comment:

Lewis said...

there is a really interesting Daniel Goleman dialogue series called 'Wired to Connect' where he speaks with leading thinkers about the applications of emotional/social intelligence. it's available through More Than Sound Productions (www.morethansound.net)