Thursday, November 20, 2014

Encouragement from Seth Godin

“How was your day? If your answer was "fine," then I don't think you were leading.”

― Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us 

Well, that's a good sign, I guess. Maybe I am leading.

Godin said this in the midst of a powerhouse section on criticism. The gist of it is that if you're not being criticized, you're doing it wrong--you're probably not doing anything remarkable.

Make it your goal to do something worth criticizing--something remarkable enough, different enough, status quo-challenging enough, to be noticed by the critics.

I sometimes worry that I'm a change addict, a sort of compulsive status-quo challenger.

But Seth G. encourages me.

The status quo is boring, after all. Especially in education. :-)

Change for change's sake is fun (though maybe a bit stressful at times). But that's not (I hope) why (or the only reason) I'm all for it. We need it (as far as I can tell). Until every single student gets whatever they need to succeed, change is needed.

And after all, ours is not a static universe. Our species has had to change again and again and again. What makes us think we've arrived?

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