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Guest Speaker Teaches Students to Overcome “Gremlins”
Date: 10/05/2018

By Chris Adams, Director of Communications and Marketing

Jeff LevinJeff Levin specializes in life coaching for teens, 20-somethings, adults, and their families in areas of confidence and team building. This past Tuesday, Cardigan hosted Mr. Levin in Humann Theatre. Mr. Levin began by distributing a handout with three quotations:

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
--Langston Hughes

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
--African Proverb

“Clear your mind of can’t.”
--Samuel Johnson

After each quotation, the students were asked to write something: an important dream for quote one, a list of trusted friends or family members after quote two, and their “gremlin” for quote three. 

For almost an hour, he engaged the students—and some faculty and staff too—about ways to dream, trust family and friends, find confidence, and overcome gremlins.

“Gremlins,” Mr. Levin says, “are the little things that we all have that keep us from being confident or being our best in certain circumstances.” He said everybody has them, and that the trick is to understand that they exist. Mr. Levin called on faculty members at random, asking them to share their gremlins. Students were surprised to hear faculty members share that they were shy or self-conscious when they were younger. 

Mr. Levin led the group through a series of interactive exercises that helped the boys realize their friends and teachers see positive traits in them. Though this is often difficult to see for themselves, understanding this can be the key to improving self-confidence.

More information about Mr. Levin’s methods of teaching can be found at
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