421. Embrace Your Unique Learning Style
At a young age, her daughter’s passion for becoming a teacher was clear to Mira. When the school said her daughter was not college material, Mira was heartbroken. But it also turned her into a “mom on a mission.”
Mira Halpert and her husband, Mark, have 4 kids, two of whom learn differently. When told their daughter was not college material, Mira became a “mom on a mission.” Mira and Mark have now helped more than 2,000 students. Their passion is to help the 65 percent of the students who learn differently to go from stress to outrageous success, initially by helping their parents be informed, empowered and proactive.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Mira was already leaning toward becoming an educator because of the influence of her father, a college professor beloved by his students. “He was an amazing role model for me as he was always counseling and helping students. He did it with humor in a way that didn’t highlight a student ‘s mistakes. I always liked working with kids. Having my father’s model of seeing what is right about people versus what is wrong was pretty amazing.” After her father died during her junior year in college, she saw an outpouring of affection and respect from the many students whose lives he had affected. She committed to becoming an educator, with a special focus on childhood development.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
Our daughter was eager to set the world on fire by becoming a teacher. So, to hear from her daughter’s school that she was not college material was heartbreaking. “I saw that passion in her, and that struck something in me. My husband and I decided we were going to work this out. We told her, ‘We are going to figure out a way to be able to help you realize your success.’” Today her daughter teaches highly gifted students. The experience of dealing with the negative assessment of their daughter led Mira to become a “Mom on a Mission” to help other families as well. Her husband left his corporate job to join her in the work.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“If you recognize that you do things in your own particular way that isn’t the same as everybody else, that is OK, especially if you are happy and feel great doing it. If you know this about yourself, go ahead and own it. As adults in our work, we think we are supposed to be working hard versus working at something we love to do. But when people are doing something they love, they lose track of time. I’m reminded of this whenever I see the spontaneous ‘Aha!’ smile on a kid’s face—and see their anxiety go away—when they’ve suddenly discovered they can do something they’ve been struggling with. Then, it becomes fun and they love it.”
Steps to Success from Mira Halpert
1. Don’t let a negative assessment stop you in your tracks or defeat you. Learn about your uniqueness and own it.
2. Recognize that one size doesn’t fit all, and that there is no single, exclusive way of learning and living life.
3. Find and learn from inspirational role models and mentors.
4. Don’t be afraid of swimming against the tide if you know you can offer another, perhaps better way.
On Her Bookshelf
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, by Linda Kreger Silverman
Success By 3rd Grade: How Parents Can Make the Difference. by Mira Stulberg Halpert and Mark Halpert
The 3D Learner: Transform Stress to Outrageous Success for Your Child, by Mira Halpert and Mark Halpert
Connecting With Mira Halpert
LinkedIn: 3D Learner
Free Success Assessment and Stress to Success Strategy Session. Contact Mira at www.3dlearner.com and mention DiscoverYourTalentPodcast.com.
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