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Okay, So Here’s Where It Starts Getting Challenging

Life Looks Really Strange Sometimes

Dear readers, when the voices in your head say, “Look, people don’t care enough to do what you are dreaming. And even if they did care enough, they aren’t willing to do the hard work to change”, the temptation to quit becomes exceedingly appealing.

Right now, it would be sooo much easier to pop a top and enjoy an ice cold beer.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.

4 replies on “Okay, So Here’s Where It Starts Getting Challenging”

Jeff,

When you weigh the numbers, quitting is easier. That is the tough thing. If you are playing the odds, cutting your losses and moving on makes so much more sense than continuing to do what you do. But knowing from a teaching and training background that it isn’t about playing the odds, but it is about impacting one.

I remember years ago, my wife and I were both public school teachers. She taught 3rd grade, and I had just started teaching as a high school algebra teacher. Christmas rolled around, and my wife came home the day before Christmas break with a box full of presents from her students. She looked at it all in amazement and said, “These kids surprised me with all their kind words and gifts. Maybe I am making a difference with them.” After all, wasn’t that tangible proof? I, on the other hand, came home that day, still having nothing from my students. The next day was a half day, and the students really didn’t have to come in unless they had to make up a test, so for all practical purposes, my last day before Christmas with them had come and gone.

Did I want gifts? No. I just wanted to know I was making a difference in their lives, but didn’t have anything to really show for that. I was discouraged about teaching already, because it wasn’t all I had ever thought it would be. But this added to my discouragement.

Then the final day before Christmas came, and I sat at my desk, doing grades and making lesson plans with no one in my classroom. All of a sudden, a girl walked in who had a major medical condition during the year. I had helped her to not get behind, and she was still carrying an A average (she went on to be the valedictorian). She walked in and handed me a box with a Christmas tie in it. She picked it out on the way back home from the hospital.

The bottom line – on that day, I realized it was about making a difference for one. And yes, that was 18 years ago, and I still wear that tie every Christmas with pride.

Bob

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