NEW YEAR = NEW YOU #neverstoplearning

Julia Child  worked as a researcher for a government intelligence agency before discovering her passion for cooking at the age of 36.

Julia Child worked as a researcher for a government intelligence agency before discovering her passion for cooking at the age of 36.

It’s a new year and for many of us it’s an opportunity to change and try something outside our comfort zone. Whether it’s a new way of looking at things, a career change, adopting a new process or kicking bad habits to the curb, we believe the new year is the best time to start a “new you” and create a fresh path that may lead to something amazing in 2019.

Take inspiration from these successful late-bloomers that took winding career paths before discovering their passions later in life:

Designer  Vera Wang  was a professional ice skater and even appeared in Sports Illustrated before she dipped her toes into fashion and launched her own brand at the age of 40.

Designer Vera Wang was a professional ice skater and even appeared in Sports Illustrated before she dipped her toes into fashion and launched her own brand at the age of 40.

Photographer  Brandon Stanton  worked in finance as a bonds trader before pursuing his passion in photography with  Humans of New York , a photography project celebrating everyday New Yorkers through portraits and interviews that lead to even bigger things.

Photographer Brandon Stanton worked in finance as a bonds trader before pursuing his passion in photography with Humans of New York, a photography project celebrating everyday New Yorkers through portraits and interviews that lead to even bigger things.

And the list goes! So what we’re trying to say is that it’s never too late to change or try something new that excites you, because you’ll never know where it can lead you to next! 

In Memory of a Student and Friend: Rita Foley

I had the unique pleasure of meeting Rita Foley back in 2012, when we were still a fledgling photo school finding our wings in Brooklyn.  Rita was a busy woman, always keeping herself involved in her many projects, from conference calls to writing books to a healthy social life filled with friends and family.  I was blessed to be able to spend time with her doing something she truly loved: creating beautiful images.  

Rita picked up photography after "officially" retiring from being a corporate badass, but her passion for life and work funneled neatly into her enthusiasm for learning the craft.  She threw herself into it, and pushed herself constantly to create new and better work.  In 2013, for her 60th birthday, Rita decided to launch a solo exhibition instead of a traditional birthday party, and came to BKC to help put the show together.  You can see how cool it turned out in the video above.

When doctors ordered her to stay in bed, she went on a bucket-list photo journey through New Zealand.  She was juggling a schedule of chemo, blood transfusions and weeklong-intensive shooting sessions in the wilderness -- The woman was COMMITTED.   More than anything she believed in staying inspired and living for the moment.  A warrior and a poet.

I'm a true fan of hers, as she gave of herself so totally to the things she loved.  Even when she had lost mobility, we were doing Lightroom sessions from bed to complete her final book Show Up For Life Each Day about her journey co-existing with cancer.  This strength of will continues to amaze me.  She was a role model of a woman, a mother who lived as she preached and who was both a powerhouse and an absolute joy to be around.  I'll be forever thankful to have had the opportunity to see her through some amazing moments. 


Thank you Rita for being a total inspiration and one of the coolest ladies around.

Rest in loving peace,

Justin
Founder/Director, BKC

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Rita's three published books are all available on Amazon:

Show Up For Life Each Day by Rita Foley
The Retirement Boom: An All Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, Jaye Smith
Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, Jaye Smith

 

Photographs by RITA FOLEY  www.ritafoleyphotography.com

11 Rules For Critical Thinking

We found these challenging maxims compiled as "Prospero's Precepts" via a tweet by Brainpickings' Maria Popova (follow her @brainpicker for more curious brainfood).  Prospero, the Duke/magician of Shakespeare's The Tempest, could certainly give a speech, but he did not pen these thoughts, nor the bard himself.  

Sourced from several great thinkers, and one of unknown origin, these quotable parameters for constructive thought are rather thought-provoking in their own right.  Though Brainpickings doesn't elaborate on who originated this collection,  these "eleven rules culled from some of history’s greatest minds can serve as a general-purpose guideline for critical thinking in all matters of doubt." writes Popova.  

 

Prospero's Precepts

  1. All beliefs in whatever realm are theories at some level. -- Stephen Schneider
  2. Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. -- Dandemis? (unknown source)
  3. Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. -- Francis Bacon
  4. Never fall in love with your hypothesis. -- Peter Medawar
  5. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts. -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. A theory should not attempt to explain all the facts, because some of the facts are wrong. -- Francis Crick
  7. The thing that doesn’t fit is the thing that is most interesting. -- Richard Feynman
  8. To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. -- Charles Darwin
  9. It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. -- Mark Twain
  10. Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. -- Thomas Jefferson
  11. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second, it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident. -- Arthur Schopenhauer

What are your strategies for thinking critically?  Do you identify with any of the ideas above?