Motivation 1 of 3: The War of Art (Art = any passion-filled creative project) …and how to win it!

In case you didn’t know – most educators are tasks with keeping their pupils motivated and encouraged, ….regardless of the age of the pupils.

Surprisingly, most educators also have to keep themselves motivated and encouraged – especially if they have their own creative projects and learning goals.

When I’m faced with either task (serving my pupils and/or keeping myself focused with blinders on), I often refer to The War of Art.  In fact, I just started listening to it AGAIN this morning.  The lessons contained in it and many more by the author, Steven Pressfield, have been on my mind – to share with my students AND to get myself back in deep focus…

So, I decided to share here, after all, it just may reach many more who need it!

After All…  Nobody Tells This To Beginners:

From Ira Glass . . .
“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”


NOTE:  Listening to the audio version by Steven Pressfield himself is my favorite.  It’s like he’s speaking to and sharing directly with me.  I listen over and over! 🙂

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The War of Art Book cover


I am LAIA’s Raspberry Pi Subject Matter Expert!


This past summer while attending the Maker Faire in our Nation’s capital I was blown away by one of the contestants at the fair that used facial recognition software to determine individual’s emotions. I was amazed at how accurate the flat screen display was as far as recognizing participants who passed by. That was the first time I heard about and witnessed one of the many implications of Raspberry Pi. Through further research and hands on implementation, I plan to become a subject matter expert of Raspberry Pi to help others in our lab (LAIA) become better informed on the topic.rapsberrypi

Raspberry Pi is a miniature size pc about the size of card that can be purchased at a low cost. The device was created as a learning tool for people of all ages to better understand and explore computing.

Multiple models have been released dating to 2012 with the first generation  1 following up this year with the Raspberry Pi 3. One of the practical uses of the device is to create a personal computer with just a monitor and keyboard. Some other uses are magic mirrors, handheld video games, and designing drones. For more information and projects utilizing Raspberry Pi try:


By: Jerry Mahammitt

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LAIA presents at CSU’s 4th Annual Science Symposium

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LAIA Research Scientists did an amazing job presenting our progress so far on the Rooftop Garden Robotics project, even though our slidedeck got altered changing formats from Google Slideshow to Microsoft Powerpoint. 😉  We will fix this for our next presentation at Frederick Douglass High School in the next few weeks.