MJ MARGGRAFF
The One Thing You Want to Change—and What It Takes.

The One Thing You Want to Change—and What It Takes.

What is YOUR Grit Score? New graduate students have a lot in common with new preschoolers who are entering Montessori school: we are eager, we are intrigued by colorful opportunities presented in books to building blocks with which to explore the world, and we hope to find a friend somewhere in the classroom with whom to share our uncertainty. I recall my early years of first-day pride as I begin…

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Women, Risk, and Fear

Women, Risk, and Fear

Women have a natural defense alerting us to what is intuitively unsafe. Thank goodness. The expansion of the human race may be credited to her care. Perhaps that is why less than 7% of pilots are women. But data show us that our accident rate is much lower. Taking on fear and risk may not come naturally. But when we do take them on, we take them on in considered,…

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Being Brave

Being Brave

Bravery does not describe me. I’m too imperfect for that. Learning to fly, twelve years ago when in my forties, was a dream to follow, not a dream feared. My biggest flying fear—my biggest dragon—was fearing that I would not be perfect enough at it. The next biggest dragon: my impatience to be perfect at it. All the other dragons I met head-on: bad weather, failed alternator, failed avionics, lost…

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