"A dream doesn't become reality through magic;
It takes sweat,
determination and hard work."
- Colin Powell
From an early age I was taught the importance of effort and attitude. As I listened to stories from my dad and grandfather. The message was simple, "Don't be outworked!" I dedicated myself at a young age to being the hardest worker I could be. Even at practice I never wanted to lose.
My first job was as a caddy at the Country Club of Jackson. As a caddy I learned several valuable lessons, most importantly, learning when to speak and when to simply be quiet. This was something I needed to experience.
After two years of caddying I was asked by the head pro to work in the bagroom. This was a BIG DEAL! I accepted without hesitation. What happened next was really tough. For the next two years the majority of hours I received were being in charge of picking the range. This was the lowest of lows. Everyone despised picking the range and that was my spot.
I hung in there and after several years I moved up the bagroom ranks. I was getting great experience and really improving my skills with people.
Each summer I returned home from college and went to work at the country club. I had worked my way up to head of the bagroom, and then to my surprise, my boss began giving me pro shop hours. After a year of splitting time between the pro shop and bagroom I was then moved up to pro shop attendant. I could see myself progressing, but I also understood that I had one year left in college and my dream was to teach kids. It wasn't easy to say goodbye. But I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life. There is no substitute for hard work and a positive attitude.
I felt compelled to share this story after reading the autobiography by George Bodenheimer, Every Town is a Sports Town. In this story George shares a memory about the time he received an offer to work for ESPN, making only $8000 a year. George and his dad went to a local pub to discuss his first job offer. His dad asked him a simple question, "Are you making a money decision or a career decision?
This really hit home and inspired this post. How do we teach our kids, our students, the value of hard work, determination and a positive attitude? The sense of entitlement that I see and hear often leaves me scratching my head. Rarely do you hear the "George" stories anymore- those stories of people starting at the bottom and working their way up.
Is there a way to get back to the days when the expectation was to start at the bottom and work your way up?
This Week's Big Questions: How can we teach our kids the value of sticking to something and learning through experiences?
How will you create an atmosphere that pushes kids to think and work, but also allows for risk taking, creativity and imagination?
Wednesday, August 12th: EdTech Kickoff at Western High School
Thursday, August 20th: Admin Retreat
Friday, August 21st: Admin Retreat
Friday, August 21st: Staff Kick-Off 6pm at the Gilpin's
Friday, August 28th: Class Lists posted
Monday, August 31st: New Teacher Orientation
Tuesday, September 1st: Staff PD Back-2-School meetings
Wednesday, September 2nd: Staff PD Back-2-School meetings
Wednesday, September 2nd: Back-2-School Night 5pm - 7pm
Tuesday, September 8th: First Day of School
Articles Worth Reading:
6 Things New Teachers Remind Me To Do Every Year @pernilleripp
Back-2-School: 7 Questions Educators Should Ask @curriculumblog
Head Held High @TechNinjaTodd
Goodbye Hallways and Welcome to Idea Street @Glennr1809
12 Little Known Laws of Gratitude @marcandangel
Videos Worth Watching:
Ricochet surfs with kids! Powerful story (8 min)
Life is meant to be epic! (3 min) @SpencerIdeas
Epic or Fail with @TheEllenShow (4 min)
Every Kid Needs a Champion, with Rita! Best way to start the school year... (7 min)