Terry Storch Dispatch w.26.2019
Self-awareness and development conversations are the norm in the Storch house. If you've read these emails for a while, then you know I am a big fan of Enneagram. I am a 8w9, Robin is a 6w5, Reia is a 5w6, and Reese is an 8w7. Knowing this has helped me so much as a parent, and it has also helped our family interact better.
Reese, being an 8, is very passionate and can find herself instantly engulfed in a cause and trying to rally her friends and others into the cause as well. I love this about Reese, and we want to support and encourage her as parents. One of the more recent causes Reese has taken up is the mass destruction of our coral reefs. I am not sure how she became aware of the topic, but I wanted to engage with her in it, so we sat down as a family this week and watched the Chasing Coral (2017) documentary on Netflix.
Wow. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend watching it. It's a great documentary shedding light on some significant challenges we face with climate change and the warming of our oceans. The film has lead to some great conversations with Reese and also with Reia. The other night after church, Robin and I were at dinner with Reia, and got into some really good political conversations, unpacking our current administration's views or lack of views on climate change.
No matter where you sit on the political bus, it's critical to engage our kids in the spaces they're interested in and bring light to important topics. Helping our kids think for themselves, formulate educated opinions though research, and not fall into group-think with the socioeconomic or political culture they regularly interact with is so important. To be able to do this well as parents, we need to model it as well and not get “stuck” in our own ruts and biases.
As an 8, Reese is going to be a challenger, but she will lead herself and others somewhere. As a parent of an 8, I hope and pray I can guide, educate, and encourage her along the way so she leads herself and others to a great place and not to prison. 😬
This will be my last email until August. I am taking off the month of July from many “outputs,” including this email and much of social media. I am thankful to have the first two weeks of July off from work, too, and I plan on getting some much-needed rest, relaxation, and recovery.
In James Clear's latest article, he laid out a simple and clear case for appropriate recovery. Because recovery is not negotiable. You can either make time to rest and rejuvenate now or make time to be sick and injured later. Keep your bucket full.
I am not Superman or superhuman, and you aren’t either. There is no badge of honor for the pride that makes us keep going until we crash. As an Enneagram 8, it’s fairly easy for me to challenge others with this and shine a light on it...but it's really hard for me to practice and do it myself.
The Theory of Cumulative Stress
Another brilliant and to-the-point read from Dan Rockwell. I love the way Dan addresses topics and issues, like this great thought: obsession to get things done causes self-defeating behaviors. Yes, be obsessed over great results, but obsess over people as well. (Read more)
Retention with staff is something we are very focused on. In general, our turnover is really low, and we celebrate that. Recently though, we had two team members leave our YouVersion team, and it was a bit of a shock. We don’t like seeing people leave, even when it’s for all the right reasons. I recently stumbled across this article from a CTO who shared his thoughts about regrettable attrition and why aiming for zero is a mistake. (Read more)
Are you a lifelong learner? For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about just about everything, learning and gaining insight and understanding on a very wide range of topics. How does it work? I pray I stay this way, and even more importantly, I hope and pray we develop our teenagers into lifelong learners, too. This article from Steve Graves is a fantastic read and offers some really great tips we all need to apply. (Read more)
One area that I am totally fascinated with is quantum mechanics and quantum theory. An area where that “how does it work?” mindset kicks in and I get lost in it all. This article unpacks a really interesting finding about the quantum leap not really being a instantaneous “leap” after all. A really fun read; hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (Read more)
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