Athletic coaches can be one of the best models of leadership we can study. I love this quote from John Wooden, especially at this time in the semester. 

For me, this is the hardest part of the semester. Typically, you have had the midterm by now, and it has determined your possible fates for your end of term grade. Sometimes, there’s that class that is killing you slowly and it seems there is no hope.

The midterm is not what determines your failure. 

Sure, you can get a bad grade, and you may feel that the material is extremely troubling and does not come easily to you. It’s how you take that grade and better it, or yourself. Unless, of course, you choose to dwell in your struggles and reject changing your approach. That could be a recipe for failure.

As educators, we are constantly being evaluated or evaluating ourselves. Can you imagine if we shut down every time we didn’t  succeed to our standards? We would never grow or improve!

This week I challenge you to see where you struggle, and what you are doing to overcome them. Make a plan to make your failures your fortunes!


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