If you’re like many people, there is a sense of frustration with the direction of our education system. Documentaries have been filmed, legislation has been written and leadership is changing at every level. The numerous conversations that I’ve had over the years with teachers, administrators and parents appear to have the same tone. That is the sense that many feel like there is nothing they can do. Like being in a boat with holes in it in the middle of the ocean. You work incredibly hard to keep the water out, but it just keeps pouring in. Unfortunately, many just accept their fate and the overwhelm takes over. That, to me, is one of the worst feelings in the world.
It is difficult at times when you can’t see the forest for the trees. There is always something we can do. It may be mentoring kids in your district, volunteering at a local after school program or getting involved in the PTA. Today I want to share just two ways to get the ball rolling and start impacting our students.
Motivated Education started because of something that was in my heart. I didn’t even know it was there! After being in Educational Technology sales for 8 years I accidentally fell into my purpose. I enjoyed what I did but I had this overwhelming sense that there was much more for me. Ironically, it was nothing that I ever even thought I would be doing. It literally happened because I was called upon to speak to a group of teachers and administrators because the person that was scheduled to speak couldn’t make it. After that day I couldn’t stop thinking about how I could make an impact through my experiences in life. It became less about making a living and more about impacting lives.
What’s in your heart? What is it about education that makes you cry, become excited or keeps begging for your attention? Whatever “it” is, I would suggest that you start there.
The wars that are taking place in education now are various and difficult. One of my biggest weaknesses is that I’m a “go big or go home” type of guy. That may not sound like a weakness, but the problem is that I end up becoming stuck because sometimes I can’t impact in a big way (at least in my mind it’s not big enough). So instead of doing what I can I end up doing nothing. Days, weeks, months and in some instances, years go by without action. Motivated Education was birthed (in my head) in 2014 but wasn’t launched until 2020. Like me, the vision or passion is still there but the action never happens. Many times, we know that we want to be involved but won’t because the challenge seems to big. The war can be overwhelming. Focus on the battles and the war will win itself! You may not be equipped for the war but I’m sure you can win a few battles.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something.” So, the question is, what can you do? That’s not a question that I can answer. That answer lies within you.
Please feel free to comment or share and maybe we can collectively think of ways that we can impact our schools for good!