Friday, December 19, 2014

The education flywheel

"Right now, the flywheel is at a standstill. To get it moving, you make a tremendous effort. You push with all your might, and finally you get the flywheel to inch forward... You keep pushing, and the flywheel begins to move a bit faster. It takes a lot of work, but at last the flywheel makes a second rotation... It makes three turns, four turns, five, six. With each turn, it moves faster, and then—at some point, you can’'t say exactly when—you break through." -Jim Collins

I love the flywheel concept from Good to Great: Breakthroughs seem to happen overnight, but they're really the result of a slow build-up of momentum.

The chick breaks out of the egg all of a sudden, but only after weeks of development. Big changes take that kind of patient, consistent, undaunted work.

That's been my goal these last several days: Through failures and setbacks and obstacles and opposition and hurdles and negativity and pessimism and fear and resistance from within and without, to keep pushing ahead.

But I've been seeing what Collins meant about the importance of faith.

I believe we will breakthrough, and every student will succeed.

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