Give them the BOOT

Impact Over Everything

…….. I spent some time speaking at an education conference on reinventing education…I GOT SCHOOLED. There were some incredible ideas and questions shared. Talks of increasing innovation in classrooms, new mentoring models and my personal topic, Entrepreneurial Spirit, as a skill set not as starting a business. As with any meeting of individuals who want change words and ideas are tossed. Pontification on pedagogy and best practices fill the air. However, at some point there seems to be a separation between the majority and the minority.

During a very causal lunch ( I had a Turkey Sandwich and a water.) I started networking and sharing Twitter handles, it is my weakness. ( Is still cant give up Twitter.) I had a very deep and intimidating conversation with a like minded individual and he brought up a very interesting point.

It is hard to be a radical in a room full of radicals. Reality is that most people only speak of changing the world. More importantly changing education.

Very few want to take the risk it involves to do just that. Somewhat unrelated, but I must point out. When you are in a room with talented minds, with degrees and experiences that seem to dwarf who you are, you have a tendency to question the validation in your thought process.

If you find yourself in this situation which I often do. Just remember execution is what separated the good from great.

I am a self-described radical and being a radical is no easy task. Some of the greatest ideas in the world have been lost to the idea abysses by some of the most progressive people from a lack of execution.

The ideas, peoples and civilizations that have truly been “radicals” and impacted the world have weathered the storm.

Examples: Steve Jobs, Tesla, the bro who started DROPBOX ☺the team at NEXT High School. Most importantly EVERYONE of you who RAGE against the current education system.

3 steps to sticking your feet in the mud and staying a radical.

1. Continue to push the boundary by engaging in meaningful conversation. If you want the change (especially in education) you need to involve those around you in the conversation. Ask opinions and most importantly do not shut down when opposition arises. Stand tall and know that there is a student who needs a chance to make an impact. The secret? Have a whole lot more action then the “radicals” are having now.

2. Be ready to have the world push back on you. As long as your idea for change is meaningful and for the better of the community around you then keep pushing back. Build the world you want and educate the future to strive not simply survive.

3. Accept failure. Accept the fact that you are going to make a lot of mistakes and ruffle a lot of feathers as you set forth to make an impact. It is just part of the game. Let it fuel your passion not water down your action.

Rancid said it best….

“Give ’em the boot the roots the radicals

Give ’em the boot you know I’m a radical

Give ’em the boot the roots the reggae on my stereo”

If you want to make a difference you are going to make the hard choice to give even radicals the boot and pave your own path.

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