Success Notes of the Day: Chapter 3: Giving an A cont..

Giving an A

Success Notes of the Day: Chapter 3: Giving an A cont..

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander


“Giving an A is a fundamental paradigm shift toward the realization that it is all invented- the A is invented and the Number 68 is invented, and so are all the judgments in between.”


“Giving yourself an A is not about boasting or raising your self-esteem. It has nothing to do with reciting your accomplishments. The freely granted A lifts you off the success/failure ladder and spirits you away from the world of measurement into the universe of possibility. It is a framework that allows you to see all of who you are and be all of who you are, without having to resist or deny any part of yourself.”


“The pathway of the A offers us a profound opportunity to transform our personal histories. It allows us to reevaluate the grads that affect our lives now, as legends we live by. How often do we stand convinced of the truth of our early memories, forgetting that they are but assessments made by a child? We can replace the narratives that hold us back by investing in wiser stories, free from childish fears, and, in doing so, disperse long-held psychological stumbling blocks.”




In what area of your life are you ready to get off the success/failure ladder? Where are you constantly measuring yourself up to this self-imposed measuring stick and then feeling guilty?

In what area of your life can you give yourself an A?


Quotes from: Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, The Art of Possibility (New York: Penguin Books, 2000), pages 42-43, 46.

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