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The Perna Syndicate is all about shifting the paradigm—in education, careers, workforce development, and the new multigenerational workplace. Along the way, we’ll also talk personal motivation and strategies for success.
Hosted by bestselling author and dynamic keynote speaker Mark C. Perna, The Perna Syndicate opens the playbook for success, both for you and the young people you influence as a parent, educator, or employer. In today’s new and challenging economy, every generation is looking for a fresh perspective on career, life, and success. Cultivated over a lifetime in marketing, consulting, and keynote speaking, Mark’s motivational strategies can empower you with the insights and tools to make a difference.
With a remarkably positive message about today’s younger generations, The Perna Syndicate will shift your paradigm. Though they’re often painted in a negative light, millennials and Generation Z have incredible potential to change the world. The Perna Syndicate delivers game-changing ideas to unleash the true passion, purpose, and performance of today’s younger generations—whether at home, at school, or on the job. You’ll unlock the best-kept secrets of today’s younger generations: how they think, what makes them tick, and how to connect with them at a deeper level.
After successfully parenting two millennials as a single father, Syndicate host Mark has become a passionate advocate for bridging the generational divides that are contributing to America’s profound skills gap. His award-winning bestseller, Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, has empowered parents, schools, districts, businesses, and organizations across North America to connect more effectively with the younger generations. At Forbes.com, Mark’s weekly articles focus on shifting the workplace paradigm and navigating today’s four-generation workforce dynamic.
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Episode Title: Filling Vessels or Kindling Flames
Over two thousand years ago, thinkers and writers were theorizing about education. Here’s one insight we can apply today—next on The Perna Syndicate.
Ep 291 show:
Hello and welcome! It’s a new week on The Perna Syndicate and I’m your host, Mark Perna. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and recently, I’ve been inspired by a quote from the distant past. Around 100 AD, the philosopher Plutarch wrote, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
What exactly did he mean by that? Maybe it was a reaction against rote learning without application. Maybe it was a reminder that even young and unformed minds can generate innovative ideas. He could also be saying that education should focus more on motivation than just memorization.
I think we can all ask ourselves: are we filling vessels—or kindling flames? How are we approaching the younger generations?
To kindle a flame is to awaken the student, to show them the purpose of learning and then set them free to pursue it. To fill a vessel is to provide knowledge and insight. You see, I believe we should actually be doing both. The secret is that we must first kindle the flame.
In our educational systems today, we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to fill vessels. But Generation Z is the first generation in history that will not allow us to fill the vessel until we kindle the flame. No kindling of the flame? No vessel filling. They will not move forward or take a step until they see the reason why.
We must show them the purpose for everything we want them to learn. As parents, educators, and employers, we have to kindle the flame.
On tomorrow’s episode: have you ever considered that you’re being watched? That’s right—the younger generations are paying close attention to how those of us in older generations handle life. We’ll see you back here tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate!