Relationships! RelationSHIPS! RELATIONSHIPS!
With a goal driven mind, there is always the question whirling around in my head of what will be next personally and professionally. Am I satisfied? Do I envision more? Is this enough… at least for the moment? There are times I feel accomplished. Other times I feel defeated by the mere expectation I had for the outcome that never graced the highest rung on my ladder.
“IF WE WANT TO CREATE A CULTURE OF INNOVATION, WE MUST FIRST FOCUS ON FURTHERING OUR OWN LEARNING AND GROWTH.”
–George Couros, Innovator’s Mindset
That ladder… the one with extensions that project beyond the ceiling of my ability. It doesn’t intimidate me. It doesn’t hang over my head giving me boundaries to my dreams. It is more often the driving force that fuels my fire to reach higher and higher. I am a dreamer. Dreaming matters. It helps me become what I aspire to be. I thrive on “greatness” in every sense of the word. I am driven to achieve beyond my own ability with the deliberate decision to place myself in the presence of opportunity. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, staying stagnant is my worst nightmare. Therefore I shall dream! Therefore I shall connect! #relationships
When the rungs of the ladder feel like a mile apart, how do I find the strength to pull myself up one more step? The ultimate pirate Dave Burgess says it best, “Find your crew! All Pirates travel with a crew; you can’t sail, navigate, and fight battles on your own.” Oh, is he right! My crew is what helps me to reset my inspirational compass so that it points straight forward.
My crew is how I gather the strength to place my hand on the next rung. That strength turns into inspiration. The inspiration fuels my dreams. My dreams turn into my reality. My crew is not limited to the boundaries of my district (although I have AMAZING people around me every day). My crew is global thanks to twitter (and blogging of course)! They may not even realize it, but they are my crew in every sense of the word: Dave Burgess, Tara Martin, George Couros, Katie Martin, Alice Keeler, Annick Rauch, Aaron Hogan, my IMMOOC family and many more. I am the teacher I am today because of this crew! Breaking down the walls… taking the ride! #twitter #tlap #IMMOOC
Yes, I must climb the ladder to reach my goals, but it is just as important that I stop and take the ride! It’s the ride that rejuvenates my soul. It’s the ride that makes me laugh uncontrollably… call it a joyride if you must. Just as the sea captures the spirit of a pirate, this ride has my hair blowing in the wind, with nothing but joy flooding my mind.