Friday, March 26, 2010

Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run

FRIDAY! Talk about taking your time.  Finally time for the weekend, and I think the sun might make an appearance on Saturday so I'm looking forward to that.

This post is going to be short but I wanted to share some of Seth Godin's wisdom.  Really...take a read through his blog, the things he comes up with are just amazing.  Anyways,  I just pasted in his latest post because it really stuck with me and thought I would share it with you guys,
Here it is:

What you can learn from a lousy teacher...

If you have a teacher (of any sort) that you cannot please, that you cannot learn from, that is unwilling to take you where you need to go because he is defending the status quo and demonstrates your failure on whatever report card he chooses to use, you could consider yourself a failure. Or you could remind yourself...
  1. Grades are an illusion
  2. Your passion and insight are reality
  3. Your work is worth more than mere congruence to an answer key
  4. Persistence in the face of a skeptical authority figure is a powerful ability
  5. Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run
  6. If you care enough about the work to be criticized, you've learned enough for today

There is something about this post that really sticks with me.  I think it's because I've experienced this "lousy teacher" so many times in my life.  Everything about succeeding when your young seems to be about the grades you have or the schools you get into, but it's never seems to be about the things you can offer.  An inspiring passage from Outliers tells us that the most successful people today weren't the best and brightest in their class but they were simply 

"good enough"

I'm not saying that good grades don't matter, but don't think for a second that you won't succeed if you don't get into your dream school because everything in this world happens for a reason.  If you have the opportunity to do anything...take it and see where it takes you.

By this point I hope Seth Godin and myself have inspired you to do something amazing this weekend.  Why don't you take this opportunity and let me know what plans you have and what amazing thing(s) you are going to accomplish!

~Until Next Time~


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