TPATIENCEhe Powerful Word of the month for November is “dependability.” Dependability is closely linked with being accountable, responsible and trustworthy. It’s a powerful word that asks people to keep their promises, be present for those who rely on them and complete jobs/tasks without needing to be monitored.

It’s important that we teach children that when we show dependability, it isn’t always convenient! Sometimes, ful lling what you’ve promised takes sacri ce. Completing

a chore at home may mean that you are not out playing. Attending your little sister’s/ brother’s birthday party may mean you are not watching the

game or attending a camping trip that your friends are all enjoying. It may not always “feel” easy to be dependable.

Of course, there is also much to gain by being a dependable person. It feels good to be a person who friends and family members see as responsible. People rely on dependable people because they know they will get the task done and be there when they are needed. Dependable people often gain privileges; higher pay, better jobs & leadership positions for being someone others can rely on during challenging times.

Interestingly, a longitudinal study that followed people for 55 years, found that those children who were more dependable, lived longer than

those who were not dependable (Psychological Science, 2008)! In addition, a growing body of research shows that “soft skills” like being dependable, rival academic or technical skills

in predicting employment and earnings, among other outcomes (Kautz et al, 2014).

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

Here’s to your success!

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