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Monday Motivation: Sing It, General Dempsey!

Today’s Monday Motivation will make you smile, and give you a boost, especially if you’re smarting from a setback.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey spoke to an audience of high school students last week at an annual Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar. While doing so, he deployed one of his secret weapons–he sang a bit of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” (And yes, I have used the song in cycle classes. Highly recommended!)

Apparently, it wasn’t the first time he’s done so.

He also referenced Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping” (sometimes referred to as the “I Get Knoked Down, but I Get Up Again” song) before belting out a tune more familiar to his young audience.

(For those unfamilar with “Tubthumping,” or for those who may have forgotten it.)

But outside of Dempsey’s singing, heed the statement to his audience:

Failure plays a part in every success. —Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

Remember his statement today, this week, this month, this year, and next year.

We all get knocked down. Get up again. Let nothing keep you down.

J.K. Rowling: Benefiting from Failure.

We end Women’s History Month with a speech by author J.K. Rowling about “failure.”

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. –J.K. Rowling

Courtesy of Harvard Magazine

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