Everyone wants to be successful. Everyone wants to succeed. But not everyone is willing to do what it takes. Lu Cunxin, author of best-selling autobiography “Mao’s Last Dancer”, spoke at a National Young Leaders Day event I was hosting. (The National Young Leaders Days are held annually in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. They are presented by the Halogen Foundation who are committed to empowering and equipping school student leaders to be agents of change in their school and community. I am a big fan).

Li Cunxin spoke of his own success and powerfully summed it up like this: “Success doesn’t happen by accident. It is a result of commitment and hard work.” Did you get that? Success comes by design not by default. Blood, sweat and tears, as the old saying goes. We all deserve this so called ‘success’ but are you really willing to do what it takes?

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As teachers, we can be successful in our profession by working hard, keeping our passion alive and staying committed for the long haul. Laziness, half-heartedness and shortcuts won’t get you there.

This week’s assignment:

Read and reflect on the following questions:

  • In what ways am I a hard worker?
  • In what areas do I tend to slack off?
  • What am I most committed to as a teacher?
  • Where / when does my commitment seem to wane? – What re-fires my passion and therefore my commitment?
  • What specifically can I do this week to exemplify Li Cunxin’s statement, “Success doesn’t happen by accident. It is a result of commitment and hard work”

Enjoy the journey,

And more importantly,

Enjoy the moments.



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