William Wissemann's essay for "This I Believe" goes along perfectly with everything I've been teaching my students at the start of the year: that effort, not intelligence, is key to academic success.
Wissemann describes the lesson's he's learned from the Rubik's Cube. The one that struck me most: how things can seem completely chaotic right before a solution emerges. That's definitely something I'll think about when faced with a seemingly insurmountable task.
It's five minutes long. Well worth a listen.