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Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucas@teamexpansion.org>, Louisville, KY
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- WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?
- CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)
- PAID TO BROWSE THE WEB?
- INFO NEEDED ON THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
- TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 5
- IRANIAN BIBLE SCHOOL START-UP
- MISSIONARY SAFETY RESOURCES
- INTENSIVE SPANISH REFRESHER COURSE
- DO YOU KNOW A SOURCE FOR BILINGUAL BIBLES?
- ETHNIC CHURCH PLANTING IN AMERICA
- MAKE YOUR OWN MINISTRY BROCHURES
- THE BACKPAGE: SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE?
- TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?
CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)
PAID TO BROWSE THE WEB?
INFO NEEDED ON THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 5
- http://kropla.com/ – Great info including worldwide phone and electric guides and sources
- http://www.roadnews.com/home.htm – Lots of resources for the computer equipped traveler
- http://www.laptopproducts.com/ – Seems to be a good source at reasonable prices. Check out the multi globe electric connector which works in 140 countries for $25 and the set of two multi-telephone adapters which work in 120 countries for $65. A New York Times review on each is available via a link at this site.
IRANIAN BIBLE SCHOOL START-UP
MISSIONARY SAFETY RESOURCES
INTENSIVE SPANISH REFRESHER COURSE
DO YOU KNOW A SOURCE FOR BILINGUAL BIBLES?
ETHNIC CHURCH PLANTING IN AMERICA
MAKE YOUR OWN MINISTRY BROCHURES
THE BACKPAGE: SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE?
So now I’m curious… How do you handle failure? What do you do if you don’t pass the boards, you don’t get the promotion. or your wife leaves you, threatening divorce. Here’s what I’m trying, after my fiasco with higher-level soccer coaching:
- Are you sure you’ve really failed? — My first step with the US Soccer Federation is to write and ask them to reconsider. For example, I’m 100% positive that I answered every question correctly on my final oral exam. But my summary score sheet says the instructor gave me the next-to-lowest score!! Now maybe he didn’t like my play on the field, but I knew the oral stuff backward and forward. So I’m going to ask the Federation to check with the evaluator. Maybe there was a mistake… maybe he had formed a subjective opinion that influenced the score. Either way, I figure I’ve got to ask the question.
- Can you arrange for a second chance? — I had to re-take the Morse code test for my General Amateur Radio license (3 times!). Each time, I practiced ’til I was sure I could copy 13 words per minute. But on each occasion, once in the testing environment, my nerves would take hold and I’d lose track of the fast-paced dots and dashes. So… I repeated the test . . . and finally, it paid off! Maybe you can ask for a second chance too! In the case of my soccer-coaching clinic, it would be expensive. But . . . I could start saving again.
- How can you prepare more effectively? — If you can retake the test, find out what you can do better. In my case, I’m asking the Federation if they have any indication of what I need to change. My hunch is, they’ll not be able to give much specific input… because there’s sure not much detail on the score sheets from the sessions. “Get more coaching experience,” they might say. Well I can do that . . . and try again. In the case of my ham radio license, I finally figured out that I needed to study at 15 or even 17 words per minute if I hoped to copy 13 words per minute during the heat of the test! When I tried that, I passed easy as pie!
- Never, never, never, never, NEVER quit — Even if your spouse has told you there’s no use begging for another chance, try begging anyway. Even if you feel that you’ve studied that foreign language ’til you’re blue in the face, study some more. In my case, I’ll admit — I’ve had it pretty easy. I received comprehensive scholarships for both undergrad. and graduate school. I graduated with honors in both cases. Many people say that foreign languages seem to come easy for me (although it doesn’t seem that way to me when I have to rehearse each phrase a million times to say it correctly — so maybe they’re judging the result rather than the effort!). But no matter how you slice it, life has been good. I’ve had few really hard times… and rarely failed miserably. I guess that’s why this particular failure hurts so much. Maybe it’s an ego thing… or maybe I hate the thought that the money I paid for the course is “down the drain.” Our family isn’t rich. So in the thick of the battle, I almost caved in. Thank goodness I had a very understanding wife, who hugged me and said, “Maybe you can try it again in a couple of years.” It was all I needed to pick myself back up. (Score one for faithful wives.) Maybe there’s a corollary: Always, always, always, always, ALWAYS encourage your spouse (or your best friend).
So anyway… that’s my story. I’ll write the USSF. They’ll probably say the decision is final. So then I’ll go back to work. And in a few years, if you’re still reading the Brigada Tomorrow, maybe you’ll hear “The Rest of the Story.” Each day, we write the next chapter of our lives. It’s up to us to author it according to our dreams rather than our nightmares. Mine’s got “C” license written all over it.
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