Leaders Strive to be Tomorrow…Today
One year ago I created a blog and posted my first blog, entitled, “A Renewed Sense of Purpose” (http://tinyurl.com/pjrgds4). I will admit I was reluctant to write a post because, one, I did not believe I had anything to share that anyone would want to read and two, I was not very confident in my writing. One month prior I had sat down at dinner with @gcouros and @patrickmlarkin and together they both tried to convince me that I needed to share my story with others. For the next month, I continued to put off starting a blog, each time using the excuse that I would do it tomorrow. And of course, tomorrow became the next day and then the next day and so on. Why did I continue to find an excuse not to start? Simply put, I was scared.
2. Don’t Allow Anyone To Take Away Your Excellence: I believe this is one of the most difficult challenges we face every day in education, especially in a negative work environment. Our profession is filled with average. Our students and staff deserve so much more. It is easy to be duped by average disguised as good. Just as success breeds success, it takes excellence to recognize excellence. I firmly believe that we have too many leaders who are waiting for tomorrow when they need to be excellent today. The truth is it takes courage and a strong will to be excellent, because the B3’s are waiting to bring you down. Bring your excellence every day and don’t let anyone or any organization kidnap your best!
About a month ago I was having dinner with my HR Director (@dr_sue_ay) when she made the following statement to me – “Jimmy, you are tomorrow today.” Her comment to me that evening has challenged me to continue to push myself to be better every day for me so I can be better for others tomorrow regardless of what others may think of me for doing so.