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Talent and Hard Work

Live and Learn
Focus on Talent and Hard Work

by Kru Michel, Primary Principal

Panyaden student on computer at school


My friend Pierre was a chubby kid. He was not good at sports.
In fact, his high school PE teacher told him he didn’t have to attend classes.
It was a waste of time. When he turned 25, inspired by a beautiful and fit neighbour, he started jogging.
Just over a year later, he entered his first triathlon and came second… to last. He didn’t give up.
Pierre went on to become Ironman World Champion 3 times, establishing a new record in 2005.
What happened to the chubby high school kid?
Chick here to read more

Mario was forced to take English as a second language for 5 years of high school.
He still couldn’t hold a conversation in that language.
He thought he was not gifted for languages. Inspired by South American friends,
he started learning Spanish and was fluent in less than two years.
Surprised, he thought he would try another language. Two more years and he could speak
German well enough to read novels in that language.
He’s now learning Thai. What happened to the guy who was hopeless at learning languages?


Both Pierre and Mario are living examples that talent is not enough.
Research seems to agree now that some talent, maybe up to 50%, could be genetic.
This leaves a whole 50% of anyone’s success based on the education and training one receives.

How does it work?

The Coaching Perspective

“Studies by Professor K. Anders Ericsson of Florida State University found that
although all the violinists spent a similar number of hours practicing,
the most accomplished among them were more purposeful: The most expert performers would ensure
that a teacher regularly listened to and critiqued their playing thus providing a feedback mechanism.
They also asked their teachers to assign practice exercises they weren’t yet proficient at
and worked on them until they became competent. In this way, they always had clear goals to work toward.”

The Creative Curve (2018), Allan Gannet


The most important point is this quote is probably the fact that
performers were asking for feedback and extra practice
as opposed to being forced to put in extra practice time when they didn’t want to.


The Buddhist Perspective

From a Buddhist perspective, we can connect these ideas to the “right intention and “right action”.
As Phra Ajahn Jayasaro once explained to teachers, it’s not enough to practice, we need to practice the right way.
This includes regular practice time, right intention towards a difficult but achievable,
relevant and meaningful goal that it will boost self-confidence.
The “intention” must be ours! We all need to be involved in setting goals before
they become meaningful and relevant.


The Brain Research Perspective

From a neuroplasticity point of view, we now know that the brain doesn’t stop growing.
No matter how old we are, we can still all get smarter!
Based on this discovery, Carol Dweck has coined the now famous expression “growth mindset”,
the belief that abilities can be developed,
as opposed to a “fixed mindset” in which innate aptitude limits the ability to learn.

A growth mindset encourages us to train ourselves to think “I can’t…yet.”
Instead of “I can’t”. Part of a growth mindset is being willing to learn how best to learn.
Parents may be familiar with the growth mindset, but they may be using it toward the goal
of the next test grade or school application.

“That’s not what it is.
It’s about learning and improving and loving the process.

Those other things come about as a byproduct.”

Click here to read more: Nice Try is Not Enough

We Can All Get Smarter!

Raw talent might give a head start but hard work is the key.
Consider the guidelines below to optimise kids’ development:

  1. Involve children in setting goals so it’s relevant to them personally; having them keep track and having peers recognize the achievement is also motivating.
  2. Make the goals reachable by setting short term goals: becoming a professional football player is more likely to happen if one systematically isolates and sets time to work on corner subskills, focusing on corner kick for a while, then on headers, etc.
  3. Give constructive feedback.
  4. Provide opportunities for teamwork.
  5. Support children’s interest but also lead them to explore new possibilities.
  6. Support perseverance and patience: coach them along when their initial interest for an activity wanes in front of difficulties.
  7. Develop a growth mindset where failure is welcomed and used to improve learning.
    Click here to read more: Carol Dweck Revisits the growth mindset

Green Families Fun Bike Ride ปัญญาเด่นชวนปั่นปั้นโลกเขียว

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Pedal pushers of all ages are invited to join us for a fun family ride.

Green Families Fun Bike Ride 2019
ปัญญาเด่น ชวนปั่นปั้นโลกเขียว
Sunday 27th Jan 2019 from 8.00 – 11.00.

Bring your own bike, wear green and relax with our children and friends.



More information &  Registration:



Dhamma Talk by Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro at Panyaden

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro will be giving a public Dhamma Talk (in Eng and Thai) at Panyaden International School.

Friday 25th January 2019, 16.00-17.15
At Assembly Hall, Panyaden International School, Chiangmai

All Panyaden community and guests are warmly welcome to join us. Please call 080 078 5115 for registration.

เชิญเข้าฟังธรรมเทศนา โดย พระอาจารย์ชยสาโร ภิกขุ

ในวันศุกร์ที่ ๒๕ มกราคม ๒๕๖๒ เวลา ๑๖.๐๐ – ๑๗.๑๕
ณ ศาลาอเนกประสงค์โรงเรียนนานาชาติปัญญาเด่น จังหวัดเชียงใหม่

โดยมีเนื้อความธรรมบรรยายเป็นภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษ สอบถามข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมได้ที่ โทร. ๐๘๐-๐๗๘-๕๑๑๕

Message from the Principal

Here is a different set of 12 habits: Tips to help you make the best of the holiday time.

1. Practice empathy.
As Prah Ajahn Amarro pointed out, we only see reality from a very limited perspective. When you encounter who is having a bad day, try to put yourself in their shoes.

2. Smile more.
Thai people know this: the easiest way to establish a connection is to genuinely smile when you make eye contact with someone. During the mad rush of the holidays, be aware and intentional about your opportunities to smile more.

3. Shop mindfully.
According to the Green Card Association, 7 billion greetings cards are purchased and sent each year – in the United States alone… Why not send an e-card instead? Present wrapping also has a major impact on our forest. Why not gift wrap in a reusable bag? Two presents in one!

4. Unplug.
This holiday, make your out-of-office message a true statement. Unplug and seriously don’t check your email. Spend quality time with your loved ones. Read. Read. Read.

5. Move your body.
Walking is accessible to all, doesn’t cost anything, helps our body relax and clear our mind. Challenge yourself to a daily walk! You may of course also go for a more intense adrenaline pumping activity. Whatever you choose, make sure you move!

6. Eat smaller portions.
With all of the treats that are served during the holidays, it can be all too easy to overindulge. Pace yourself by being mindful about what you eat. It’s easier to eat smaller portions when we use a smaller plate!

7. Breathe more.
All of the stimuli of the holiday season can easily put you in a mode of constant stress. Allow yourself a few minutes of meditation every day.

8. Transformative listening.
During the holidays, you regularly end up spending time with people you don’t see or talk with very often. Be mindful of the chances to listen without an agenda and be fully present.

9. Get your sleep.
The laws of good health and well-being are not magically suspended during the holidays. 95% of people need at least seven hours of sleep a night to be fully effective and healthy. Get your sleep to be the healthiest, happiest and most engaging version of you.

10. Notice the joy.
Look for and pay attention to the joy that is the very essence of the holiday season. If you’re not finding any, why not create some for others? You’re bound to see it then.

11. Be kind.
Sharing kindness and love is really the point of it all, isn’t it? Practice random and non-random acts of kindness.

12. Be grateful.
Make it a daily morning and evening practice to stop and think about 10 things you feel grateful for. It’s hard to be miserable when we realise we have so much!

Inspired by:

Dhamma Talk by Venerable Ajahn Amaro at Panyaden

Venerable Ajahn Amaro will be giving a public Dhamma Talk (in Eng and Thai) at our Assembly Hall.
All Panyaden community and guests are warmly welcome to join us.

Please call 080 078 5115 or send us a message for registration.


Summer Camp 2019: Fully Booked

It’s time to start thinking about Summer Camp!


We have an exciting program outlined for your children focusing on environmental mindfulness
and learning through nature at an age-appropriate level for children aged 5-12.

Our Courses: (25 students/class)
The camp will be in English, run from 09:00-15:00.

Each of the three weeks will have a different theme, as follows:

Week 1 – Art in Nature: fostering creativity
Week 2 – Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: appreciating fitness and healthy choices

Week 3 – Rhythm of the Earth: being balanced through music and movement

Click Here to See Summer camp 2018 Images

Price: THB33,000
which includes snacks, lunches, field trips, insurance, and all materials.

Early Bird 10% Off for existing Panyaden Students
Registering: today – 28 February 2019


We will send a more detailed schedule complete with guidelines and a daily timetable toward the middle of June.
On behalf of the PYD Summer Staff, we are looking forward to Summer Camp with your children!
For More information, please contact us, Tel. +66 080 078 5115 or email: