I thoroughly enjoyed listening to David ‘Kochie’ Koch speak at a National Young Leaders Day I was hosting. A well known finance expert in Australia and host of Channel 7’s “Sunrise” program, David spoke with passion and enthusiasm about being a leader and using your influence to help others. David said some insightful things and one of my favourites from the day was this one:
“Be brave enough to do something you’ve never done before.
And be secure enough in yourself to change it if it doesn’t work.”
As teachers, it is really easy to get ‘stuck’ in the way we do things. We quickly become creatures of habit and lose our desire to try new things. And if we DO bust out and try something new, our insecurity prevents us from admitting failure and trying again.
This insightful thought from David Koch reminds me to be courageous in trying new things – perhaps in classroom management or lesson design, for example – and to also be secure enough in who I am to be willing to change tack and try something else until I get the result I’m after.
This Week’s Assignment:
This week, say goodbye to the same-old same-old in your classroom and take a risk by trying something new. Do something you’ve never done before. Advance and improve! What’s the worst that can happen? If it doesn’t work then follow the second half of David’s advice: be secure enough in yourself to change it.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.