Saturday, November 9, 2013

Opportunity Looks A Lot Like Hard Work

Educators spend lifetimes trying to mold young people into productive members of the community. Some students are able to achieve that status. Others, unfortunately, become part of the "propaganda machine" that makes them feel entitled to whatever they want without putting in the work. As much as I would love to be able to help students achieve every goal, I know I cannot do it on my own. Sometimes it takes the voice of someone else who has worked hard to achieve their level of success. This is where my link comes into place. Ashton Kutcher, a fellow Iowa native, received a Teen Choice Award in August for Lifetime Achievement. His speech on insider secrets to being a great achiever went viral, and I think it is a great way to inspire students. You want to show this to your students? Here's the link. The principal at Burlington HS posted this wonderful blog about Mr. Ed Garety, a motivational speaker, that came to speak to students recently. His words on hard work, acceptance, and appreciation seemed to strike a chord with a number of students who tweeted their excitement. Some of Mr. Garety's speech and thankful tweets from students can be found at this principal's link. Hard work and dedication are the true way to success. Fame does not equal success. People can be unspoken and still be a hero. This little survival technique will hopefully keep all of us in the education industry motivated and inspired to help new students day after day.

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