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Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

About a year ago, I came across the TED videos and I watch the ones that interest me personally.

This TEDx video in particular by Cameron Herold was very interesting to me since it involves kids, education, and entrepreneurship.

Here are some bullet points from the video that I wanted to remember and will try to apply as my kids grow up:

Entrepreneurial Traits to Nurture:

  • attainment
  • boot strapping
  • customer service
  • handling failure
  • introspection
  • leadership
  • networking
  • sales
  • tenacity

Entrepreneurial Skills to Teach:

  • how to sell
  • how to save money
  • problem solving
  • public speaking
  • to ask for help
  • to ask questions
  • to be creative
  • to lead others
  • to learn from mistakes
  • to never give up
  • to see solutions
  • to want to make money

Thanks Cameron for a great video.

Oh, by the way a TED event will be coming to Albuquerque, NM on September 18, 2010.  You can find out more here TEDxABQ, I’ll be there.

– Dom

Here is the video link for those who can’t see the embedded viewer:

Public Education

August 4, 2010 1 comment

This is a interesting video on public education by a Seth Godin interview.  I did not know some of the history on how public education was started.  I have come to believe that our kids need to be more creative and entrepreneurial to be successful today.  That the traditional public school & college teach our kids to look for jobs vs creating jobs/companies.  This is particularly difficult with kids on tribal reservations since distance & quality high speed internet access is a large factor in not being aware of their life possibilities.

– Dom

Laguna Pueblo Honors Night

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Last night I attended the 15th Annual Honors Night at the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Auditorium.  The event was put together by the Laguna Education Foundation and Partners For Success to recognize the efforts and achievements of the students from Laguna Pueblo.  I was able to see and meet many of the pueblo youth who have made the significant effort to complete their GED, Bachelor, and Masters degrees (over 20 of them).  It was also great to see the many Laguna High School students receive the LEF scholarships to allow them to attend a college of their choice.  I myself benefited from this same higher education program when I attended SMU.

I also had the honor of talking to the students, tribal council, and community members to share some of my thoughts on education today.  I wanted to share my perspective on the changes in learning due to high speed internet connectivity and personal learning styles, people now have more options to gain knowledge.  I personally use time-shifted education (web videos, web meetings, podcasts, & screencasts) to keep my skills up-to-date and maintain competitiveness.

We also enjoyed a wonderful red chile stew, turkey, & beef dinner from Grandma Joe’s Catering.  In particular, I loved the pumpkin pie.

Here is the presentation titled “Adaptive Learning”  that I’ve uploaded to slideshare.  I will add the audio when I get some time to process the recorded content from the evening.  Enjoy!

– Dom

Jemez River Swimming

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

When it gets hot here in New Mexico there are a limited number of places to cool off due to the lack of water in the state.

Since I love flyfishing, I knew of a place that was a small enough river for my young boys to handle a gentle current.

We ventured up into the Santa Fe National Forest just north of Jemez Pueblo and took a dip in the Jemez River.

The La Junta day use parking area is just north of the intersection of New Mexico Highway 4 and Highway 485, about a 35 minute drive from Bernalillo, NM (don’t speed in Jemez Pueblo).

As you can see by the video my kids and niece had a blast cooling off.

My real goal is to see if my boys like the moving water in hopes they may one day take to flyfishing like their dad 😉

Oh, here are the GPS Coordinates if you like them:  35.670873, -106.743095 or  +35° 40′ 15.14″, -106° 44′ 35.14″

– Dom

This video was shot using a Flip Mino HD video camera on a tripod and rendered in 720p using Sony Movie Studio Platinum 9.0.

Dr George Blue Spruce Jr

June 27, 2010 2 comments

Last night I attended the book signing of Dr George Blue Spruce Jr (Laguna Pueblo / Ohkay Owingeh) and was very delighted to meet him for the very first time.  The room was full of family, friends, & most of all future medical students.  Roughly about 100 people were in the room to hear Dr Blue Spruce Jr talk about his life story.  A story he finally wrote down into a book titled “Searching For My Destiny”.  I have a previous post on my blog here, which contain some of what I was able to find on the internet about him.

I particularly enjoyed his jokes and how he overcame adversity being the only American Indian among many groups growing up.  What struck me most was how Dr Blue Spruce Jr had to develop the independence and sense of self worth to continue alone for many years away from his tribal home.  His life dedication and thoughtfulness of others helped craft Indian health policy to benefit not only the tribes he was from but those of so many others as well.

I am proud to have met this man, and I sincerely hope to continue the conversation again.

Dr Blue Spruce Jr and the family allowed me to video the event and share it.  Here is the full MP3 audio & download link from his talk (almost 43 minutes long, and 20MB in size), and a highlight video.  Enjoy!

– Dom

Full Audio:

Highlight Video:

Liz’s Green Chile Stew

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

At all of the Pueblos in New Mexico you will find the women make some of the most wonderful food using local ingredients, in particular red & green chile. One type of dish found at almost every house is chile stew. Stews in their various forms are a very common occurrence, and as a kid I remember my grandmother’s kitchen always cooking some kind of red or green chile stew.

There is one stew in particular that I loved, and it was from my late aunt Liz. I loved it so much that I asked her how to make it one day. I wanted to be able to re-create her stew since I lived away from New Mexico either going to school or having a career.

It’s a simple dish and I want to share it with you.


  • 1 to 1.5 lbs of some stew meat (I like using pork & made it with chicken once, tofu would be interesting)
  • One 28oz container of Bueno Chopped Green Chile (found in most NM supermarkets) or Two 13oz containers … using the 13oz allows one to mix chile heat levels (mild & mild, mild & hot, hot & hot, also throw autumn roast in there).
  • Two 14.5oz cans of Stewed tomatoes (I’ve used the Del Monte Original Recipe)
  • Two 11oz cans of White Shoepeg Corn (I’ve used the Green Giant brand)
  • 2 to 3 Yellow Squash
  • 2 to 3 Green Squash
  • Optional, can add a diced onion & cilantro for different flavors.


  • I like to cut the stew meat down to smaller bite size pieces, so I prep the meat.
  • In a large stew pot (mine is 20qts), brown the meat using a little oil (here is where the onion can be added)
  • Once the meat is thoroughly cooked, I add the stewed tomatoes (an additional step one can take is to break up the tomatoes into smaller chunks)
  • Add the shoepeg corn
  • Add the chopped green chile
  • Add one to two 28oz chile containers full of water to the pot (2 to 4 of the 13oz), enough to create a thick stew, or more water if you like a thinner stew (be sure you leave room for the squash)
  • Bring to a rolling boil, then lower the heat and cook for about 2 hours
  • Cut up the yellow & green squash (I like thick cuts like the pic above)
  • Add the squash to the pot about 1.5 hours in or earlier if you like softer squash or later if you want firmer squash (can add cilantro at this time also).
  • Done, finished stew for about 6-8 people.

Add some Pueblo oven bread and you have a wonderful New Mexico meal.

– Dom

The Secret Powers of Time

June 24, 2010 1 comment

This video is another result of a twitter tangent I was sent on yesterday from a tweet on the Zeigarnik effect.  I found the short video (below) from Professor Philip Zimbardo to be very interesting, especially the part on kids who have spent hours in the digital world (another 10,000 hour example).  Kids become accustomed to controlling their environments through the games they play, and it’s this game playing frame-of-mind that is brought to the traditional classroom where there is no (or very little) player/student control.  The lack of control then contributes to boredom and a sense of helplessness in the classroom.  The video was worth 10 minutes of my time, I can apply the ideas to guiding my own kids.

– Dom

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