“Why do you use those Big Words all of the time?” – Classmates from the Campus West/College Learning Laboratory back in Buffalo, NY in the late 1980s
Welcome to the Big Words Blog Site – created by scientist and writer Anwar Y. Dunbar, Ph.D. to discuss topics including, but not restricted to: Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Financial Literacy, and Social Issues.
You’ll notice that the headline of my blog starts with “Creating Ecosystems of Success”. This first principle of my blog was introduced to me by a mentor and is highlighted at the beginning of most of my writings. He and I spend a lot of time talking about the qualities that make successful people successful, and those that make unsuccessful people unsuccessful. It’s something that fascinates me, so you’ll see this theme frequently in my blog posts, and in the interviews I’ve done with: athletes, educators, entertainers, scientists, financial professionals and others.
“Give a man fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – The Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu
I’m also very interested in the ‘how’ – that is breaking down and demystifying how people have done great things so others can pursue and achieve their own dreams and goals – another central theme in the writings you’ll find here. Finally you’ll find some fun personal reflections and stories starting from my early years growing up in Buffalo, NY to the present, and miscellaneous writings such as movie reviews when there are films I think are worth discussing.
“I write about the things that I spend a lot of time thinking about -ideas of all kinds (many science- and money-related), personal experiences, discussions taking place within my professional and social circles, and current events.”
As I said to a friend once, the Big Words Blog Site is an extension of myself and is a platform to discuss topics that I think about regularly as described above. In terms of the name, “Big Words” is not just something I randomly conjured up out of thin air. There’s a real-life story behind it which touches upon being African American in the United States and setting out acquire education and upward mobility. Thus, in addition to my blog posts, and contributed and guest posts located in the margin, the site also contains my story, personal biography, my core principles for the site, some heroes and quotes that have inspired me, and other blogs/websites that I support.
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The formal photographs of me throughout the Big Words Blog Site were taken by Myron S. Ottley Photography.