1. Wow!! Powerful thoughts George.. My first year as a teacher was at a brand new Middle School in Dallas. I wish you could’ve come and shared your powerful insights with our inaugural staff as well. I love reading your blogposts. I learn so much from them, and your words inspire me to do better.

  2. This is great! My favorite line is, “It is the willingness to learn that divides them, not their age.” I’m sending this post out to my staff to marinate. 🙂

  3. Catherine Day

    I wholeheartedly agree. Age does not matter when it comes to willingness to learn. It’s a mindset that prevents people from wanting to learn something new. I’ve seen younger ones who play video games stuck in the same loop. When asked why they don’t go outside of it, they will say, ‘Oh, it’s just easier to do it this way.” I will respond, “But I thought the purpose was to get (insert whatever the prize is), grow, and get (prize)?” “Yeah but that’s hard.”
    Creativity, Innovation, and Growth comes from willingness to learn. Learning new skills can be frustrating (as I found out yesterday THANKS APPLE!! I wanted to throw my iPad across the room and I could feel my brain stretching), agonizing, and difficult. However, once you have learned the new skill, so many possibilities arise and so much greatness comes from learning it.
    Additionally I believe fear holds people back from wanting to learn new things as well. Whether they are afraid how they will “look” if they don’t get it right away (or maybe they are afraid they’ll never get it). Toss that fear and be bold and brave! The true innovators didn’t worry about that! When learning something new, just gotta go for it!

  4. Josh

    That is the straight dope! Well said. Living it everyday bro! Thank u for your service to our noble profession.

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