Tag: Hope

  • Embracing Change as the Currency of Life

    Change is a constant in life. Often, change can be intimidating or uncomfortable. Believe me, I know. In the past 5 years, I’ve changed from school administrator to full-time digital nomad. My areas of expertise went from designing curricula and supporting teachers to traveling oceans and helping schools and small businesses find new horizons for…

  • Simple Removals for This (and any) Week

    It’s the things you say stop to – those things you remove – that free you to do your next level of work. Recently I stopped, and asked the last question for, my podcast. In addition to you big stops, there are also frequent removals. Things to remove in your life starting Monday morning: ⛔…

  • Every New Frontier Needs Boundaries

    We could argue whether or not the American frontier of the late 1800s benefited from barbed wire. But ranchers realized boundaries gave peace of mind and increased productivity. This new frontier of emergency distance learning is free and open. However, it needs boundaries. Don’t be afraid to set your own. Take care of yourself.

  • Glimpses into the Future

    We often catch glimpses into the future. In the moment, those glimpses appear as challenges, chaotic events, or overwhelming obstacles. The reason we perceive chaos or challenge is merely because the future is drastically different than our current reality. What challenges are you facing? What obstacles do you see? Adjust your vantage and you might…

  • Now, About That Blank Check

    $43,800 is a pretty solid deposit, especially if you make it monthly. I deposited my 43,000 today on April 1st. And so did you. They aren’t dollars. They’re better. They’re minutes. 43,800 minutes ready to spend this month and each month. What will you do with you 43,800? ________ PS – Happy April 1st! I…

  • It’s okay if you get it wrong.

    Really, it’s okay. There’s no shame in getting it wrong. There’s no reason to feel bad all. You made a move, and you missed it. That’s life. Actually, that’s learning. It’s okay if you get it wrong. You can dig valuable learning from it. You tried. You put your heart into it. You acted and…

  • Be The Change, But Not This Time

    Sometimes we change. Sometimes things change. Sometimes we change things. But these three rarely happen in a single sphere all at the same cadence. The famous quote says, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Knowing when to be the change, and when to adapt to change is a subtle insight that may…

  • Sometimes Opportunity

    You Can. Sometimes opportunity doesn’t come. Sometimes windows don’t open. Sometimes there is no door to walk through. Sometimes you chart your own path. You Can.

  • If there is no struggle…

    Long-term investors know the return on investment is an aggregate. It’s the combination of wins and losses that create a portfolio. Cut the losses. Maximize the wins. Then the portfolio wins. It’s not the day to day trades that long-term investors care about. Frederick Douglass said it best, “If there is no struggle, there is…

  • It’s Okay to Lose

    10 students enter a competition, one wins. 20 teams start a tournament, one wins. 500 schools apply for a grant, one wins. If you compete, odds are against you. It’s just simple math. That knowledge can be liberating or debilitating. The great thing about school leadership is you don’t have to compete in someone else’s…

  • If you’re a risk-taker, you will…

    Make mistakes. But it’s not the mistakes that define you. It’s not failure that defines you. It’s what you focus on that defines you. If you’re focused on your mission – your why – then mistakes will refine you. Just listen to these amazing educational leaders and principals share what they learned from their mistakes.

  • Criticism is Proof of What

    Criticism is proof they’re listening. It is not evidence of stopping. Whatever you do, don’t let criticism be proof that you’re not good enough or that you need to stop. Silence is a lack of evidence. If you’re going to make waves, there will be criticism. If your waves are valuable the criticisms will represent…

  • End of My Rope

    A second grade teacher shared the story about her first year teaching. She was exploring tone and mood in a text, and she mentioned how authors come up with ideas. She made her second-grade class cry. In her words, “I didn’t mean to make them cry. I was sharing one of Tomie DePaola’s simple books…” >> Listen…

  • Engineering Hope

    In yesterday’s post, we examined the effect of making impact visible. Let’s make a connection to another concept that you know about. Small wins. We know the path to large gains and big goals is comprised of small steps. Bit-sized wins along the way accumulate into great improvements. All of the goal-setting books and coaches…

  • Easy “Feels” Rights

    If it’s easy to see, it’s easy to blame. If it’s easy to measure, it’s easy to prioritize. If it’s easy to think of, it’s easy to believe. Easy almost always feels right. But that doesn’t mean it is right. The right path, the right decision, the right question – these are often hard-earned.  …