Study shows that all you really need to know you learned in Kindergarten

Kindergarteners’ social-emotional skills are a significant predictor of their future education, employment and criminal activity, among other outcomes, according to a study.

Source: Early prosocial behavior good predictor of kids’ future — ScienceDaily

So the skills you learned in kindergarten make a huge difference in your life. Maybe you learned them at home before coming to kindergarten. Either way, your early personality shapes your future in powerful ways.

Even more interesting, our behavior can be shaped by our experiences in the womb. Isn’t it amazing that we are so sensitive to our world and responsive to it?

Probably few adults remember their kindergarten years but I remember mine clearly. I remember how fun it was to learn new things like to tie my shoes. Simple skills that made you more like a big person. It is wonderful isn’t it how children are curious and want to grow and become? You really have to be determined and have good mentors to maintain that curiosity and love of learning into your adult years.

The article states things like: helping others, resolving peer conflict, sharing materials as signs of pro-social skills that help people achieve and be happy in life. I always wondered why these skills weren’t taught directly in school. The world which has issues cries out for peacemakers, mediators and skillful problem solvers. It isn’t that people don’t know what to do, it’s just that they don’t or can’t get past the emotional blocks that are holding them back. This was one of the most frustrating things I see with self-aware people. They know what they are doing isn’t helping them, but they continue to do it. Why? The mystery of why we hurt ourselves is a complex one.

Sometimes being pro-social with others is first being pro-social and helping yourself. If you didn’t learn that in kindergarten it’s not too late to learn now.

Steam offers game refunds

This is an interesting that Steam offers game refunds – change of strategy for Steam. I had discussed that I stopped using Steam because I paid for a game that didn’t work. Steam at that time didn’t care and neither did the publisher. So for many customers this is too little, too late to get us back.

I am sure they will do fine however. The reason that I am sharing this with you is that companies are better understanding how fragile their relationship to their customer is. I never wish harm for a company, but I do not support those who harm others. In an ideal world, companies contribute towards solutions rather than just to make money. Nothing wrong with making money, but it is not enough of a reason to support a business.

apple product logoI suspect that the future of customer service is that with automation and intelligent robots, customers might have a one-on-one relationship with a company. It seems inevitable that the things that the rich have as a matter of course (concierge, bespoke (custom products)) will filter down to the unwashed mashes. Small tease of Ann Rand there. It has always been the case that to differentiate products, things that were luxury go mainstream. Clearly Apple is more mainstream than luxury in first world countries. Many fashion brands have gone downscale, and companies that command premium have always limited their production. It is a interesting how people will be attracted to an artificial scarcity. As if just the uniqueness of something is enough. I would propose that what really would be desirable from a cultural standpoint is cultural relevance. That the best products allow the most culture, opportunities, and benefits of technology to the widest groups of people. For a long time I thought that Apple brought technology down to the level where anyone could use it. It is true they have. But with that, they also try to control it, which is something disturbing as well.

Perhaps you can’t have a company feel that I can survive from going open source and sharing its technology. The Tesla superchargers have been shared and Tesla seems to be doing great. I wonder why other companies can’t have a similar kind of vision? It about tomorrow as well as today.