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Master life at every stage: Stapleton

Homecoming keynote shares formula for success

Professor Emeritus John Stapleton says there is no better guide than education to successfully navigate every stage of life.
The educator of some 55 years, and former dean of the Faculty of Education shared his secrets of life mastery during the keynote speech at Homecoming 2017 on Tuesday.
“The question I ask is: If you’re aging as I am, can you still learn? And more to the point, how competent can you become at some things?” Stapleton said in an interview before the event. “You’re going to age, and aging gracefully is bound up with the notion of how well you continue to learn.”
Focusing on the work of Anders Ericsson who proposed that anyone can master almost anything after 10,000 hours of practice (popularized by Malcolm Gladwell), Stapleton explained how he has applied these ideas—sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much—in the pursuits of learning French, practicing tennis and playing the odds in low-stakes bets at Assiniboia Downs.

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