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6 Great Life Lessons From Cara Delevingne

6 Great Life Lessons From Cara Delevingne

The one thing you notice about Cara Delevingne is that she is not afraid to be herself and that is a lesson for all of us. She is beautiful, intelligent, talented, and some people have joked on Facebook that maybe she is not human after all: she is an angel on earth! Well, if she is, I wish there were a few more around who could inspire us. Here are 6 things that Cara Delevingne does and believes that can teach us to be our true selves.

1. She wants to wear comfortable clothes

How often do we become fashion victims? We are obsessed with how we look and what we must wear. Not Cara D. She may be a model, actress and have to be beautifully dressed for certain roles but when she relaxes, she loves to go around in trainers and comfortable shoes. That is most of the time so maybe we should lighten up a bit on the fashion front.

“I love comfort. Comfort is very key to me because I spend most of my time in very uncomfortable things, so it’s all about trainers and flats.”- Cara Delevingne

2. She wants to develop her talents

Cara has it made. She could just sit back and rest on her laurels. But no, she wants to become a famous actress as well. That is an inspiration for us all to explore our hidden talents.

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She has recently starred in Paper Towns. It is a teen romance but it is fascinating how the characters in the film change from the beginning to the end. Cara plays Margo, who is rather a mysterious character.

“But the real find here is Delevingne, an English actress who, with her subtly smoky voice and piercing gaze, makes the girl of Quentin’s fantasies a singularly charismatic presence, all the more so due to her limited screen time. What ultimately happens to Margo may seem somewhat ambiguous by film’s end, but on the evidence of her work here, this striking actress is here to stay.”- Variety

Watch the trailer to get a glimpse of Cara’s talents as an actress.

3. She is always grateful

When Cara was criticized for a recent awkward interview, the author of Paper Towns, John Green came to her defense. He said that she was neither haughty nor entitled and she has no time for stupid questions, such as whether she had actually read his novel, on which the film is based.

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Cara tweeted afterwards:-

“thank you so much john!! I just read the article and it made me want to cry! You are so special!! I am so happy I know you x.”

She later added:

“I am soooooo lucky and anyone who thinks I am unappreciative or ungrateful clearly doesn’t know me.”

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We tend to focus too much on the negative aspects of our existence and Cara teaches us to be grateful.

4. She is not afraid to come out about her sexuality

‘It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognised that I had to accept it.” – Cara Delevingne

When news broke that Cara is dating St. Vincent (Annie Clarke), this caused a stir. Vogue claimed that it was merely a phase and might have been a result of some childhood trauma. People reacted and a petition was signed in which they objected to this false stereotype about gay people.

“I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days. And for those words to come out of my mouth is actually a miracle.” – Cara Delevingne

5. She objects to bullying

Cara thinks that kids nowadays have lots of problems. She is particularly concerned about online bullying. She has always made a strong case for kids to connect and really talk to each other instead of relying on messages and tweets. There is a lesson there for all of us as we lose the true value of true communication when we rely too much on our devices.

“Kids should speak to each other. They’re horrid to each other online, they bully each other- they should shut up and stop it. The problem with social media is there is too much freedom. It’s too much, too young.” – Cara Delevingne

6. She wants to cheer us all up

It is no secret that Cara resorted to self-harm when she was a teenager as a reaction to her very troubled adolescence. She has even described how she used to bang her head against a tree in the hope that she would be unconscious and not have to bear the pain and suffering, at least temporarily. She also thought about committing suicide.

Now that is all behind her and Cara is dedicated to getting the best out of life, entertaining her fans with funny photos on Instagram and goofing around generally.

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“The energy you give off is the energy you receive. I really think that, so I’m always myself–jumping, dancing, singing around, trying to cheer everybody up.” – Cara Delevingne

Featured photo credit: Face of an angel 02/ GabboT via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 20, 2019

Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

Most of the skills I use to make a living are skills I’ve learned on my own: Web design, desktop publishing, marketing, personal productivity skills, even teaching! And most of what I know about science, politics, computers, art, guitar-playing, world history, writing, and a dozen other topics, I’ve picked up outside of any formal education.

This is not to toot my own horn at all; if you stop to think about it, much of what you know how to do you’ve picked up on your own. But we rarely think about the process of becoming self-taught. This is too bad, because often, we shy away from things we don’t know how to do without stopping to think about how we might learn it — in many cases, fairly easily.

The way you approach the world around you dictates to a great degree whether you will find learning something new easy or hard. Learning comes easily to people who have developed:

Curiosity

Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are received as challenges and the work of understanding them is embraced.

People who lack curiosity see learning new things as a chore — or worse, as beyond their capacities.

Patience

Depending on the complexity of a topic, learning something new can take a long time. And it’s bound to be frustrating as you grapple with new terminologies, new models, and apparently irrelevant information.

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When you are learning something by yourself, there is nobody to control the flow of information, to make sure you move from basic knowledge to intermediate and finally advanced concepts.

Patience with your topic, and more importantly with yourself is crucial — there’s no field of knowledge that someone in the world hasn’t managed to learn, starting from exactly where you are.

A Feeling for Connectedness

This is the hardest talent to cultivate, and is where most people flounder when approaching a new topic.

A new body of knowledge is always easiest to learn if you can figure out the way it connects to what you already know. For years, I struggled with calculus in college until one day, my chemistry professor demonstrated how to do half-life calculations using integrals. From then on, calculus came much easier, because I had made a connection between a concept I understood well (the chemistry of half-lifes) and a field I had always struggled in (higher maths).

The more you look for and pay attention to the connections between different fields, the more readily your mind will be able to latch onto new concepts.

With a learning attitude in place, working your way into a new topic is simply a matter of research, practice, networking, and scheduling:

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1. Research

Of course, the most important step in learning something new is actually finding out stuff about it. I tend to go through three distinct phases when I’m teaching myself a new topic:

Learning the Basics

Start as all things start today: Google it! Somehow people managed to learn before Google ( I learned HTML when Altavista was the best we got!) but nowadays a well-formed search on Google will get you a wealth of information on any topic in seconds.

Surfing Wikipedia articles is a great way to get a basic grounding in a new field, too — and usually the Wikipedia entry for your search term will be on the first page of your Google search.

What I look for is basic information and then the work of experts — blogs by researchers in a field, forums about a topic, organizational websites, magazines. I subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds to keep up with new material as it’s posted, I print out articles to read in-depth later, and I look for the names of top authors or top books in the field.

Hitting the Books

Once I have a good outline of a field of knowledge, I hit the library. I look up the key names and titles I came across online, and then scan the shelves around those titles for other books that look interesting.

Then, I go to the children’s section of the library and look up the same call numbers — a good overview for teens is probably going to be clearer, more concise, and more geared towards learning than many adult books.

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Long-Term Reference

While I’m reading my stack of books from the library, I start keeping my eyes out for books I will want to give a permanent place on my shelves. I check online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, but also search thrift stores, used bookstores, library book sales, garage sales, wherever I happen to find myself in the presence of books.

My goal is a collection of reference manuals and top books that I will come back to either to answer thorny questions or to refresh my knowledge as I put new skills into practice. And to do this cheaply and quickly.

2. Practice

Putting new knowledges into practice helps us develop better understandings now and remember more later. Although a lot of books offer exercises and self-tests, I prefer to jump right in and build something: a website, an essay, a desk, whatever.

A great way to put any new body of knowledge into action is to start a blog on it — put it out there for the world to see and comment on.

Just don’t lock your learning up in your head where nobody ever sees how much you know about something, and you never see how much you still don’t know.

3. Network

One of the most powerful sources of knowledge and understanding in my life have been the social networks I have become embedded in over the years — the websites I write on, the LISTSERV I belong to, the people I talk with and present alongside at conferences, my colleagues in the department where I studied and the department where I now teach, and so on.

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These networks are crucial to extending my knowledge in areas I am already involved, and for referring me to contacts in areas where I have no prior experience. Joining an email list, emailing someone working in the field, asking colleagues for recommendations, all are useful ways of getting a foothold in a new field.

Networking also allows you to test your newly-acquired knowledge against others’ understandings, giving you a chance to grow and further develop.

4. Schedule

For anything more complex than a simple overview, it pays to schedule time to commit to learning. Having the books on the shelf, the top websites bookmarked, and a string of contacts does no good if you don’t give yourself time to focus on reading, digesting, and implementing your knowledge.

Give yourself a deadline, even if there is no externally imposed time limit, and work out a schedule to reach that deadline.

Final Thoughts

In a sense, even formal education is a form of self-guided learning — in the end, a teacher can only suggest and encourage a path to learning, at best cutting out some of the work of finding reliable sources to learn from.

If you’re already working, or have a range of interests beside the purely academic, formal instruction may be too inconvenient or too expensive to undertake. That doesn’t mean you have to set aside the possibility of learning, though; history is full of self-taught successes.

At its best, even a formal education is meant to prepare you for a life of self-guided learning; with the power of the Internet and the mass media at our disposal, there’s really no reason not to follow your muse wherever it may lead.

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