In his popular TED Talk, Simon Sinek discusses the importance of finding our “Why”. In the talk, he uses Apple as an example of a company that knew their Why and reaped the benefits of it. He also gives examples of companies that did not know their Why and instead focused on their What (or product). He gives a compelling argument that until we focus on our Why (purpose), our What and How are irrelevant. I agree with him. It’s our purpose, our mission, that is important. Once people know that and a trusting relationship is formed, we can accomplish anything!
As an educator, I often contemplate my “Why”. For me, it’s about making a difference in people’s lives and everything I do should be able to stem from that purpose. Why am I in education? To make a difference in people’s lives. Why am I a principal? To help support teachers and provide an environment to help make a difference in people’s lives. Why am I in a meeting? To discuss ways we can help create a system that supports learning and makes a difference in people’s lives. Why am I administering a standardized test for students? Because it’s a mandate that I must follow to keep my school in compliance that allows me to continue to create a structure that supports teachers and make a difference in people’s lives. Yes, some of my tasks are necessary to help me continue doing the important work of my Why even when they are not pleasant.
Knowing our Why is essential if we want to reach our full potential and achieve our goals. If you don’t know your Why, how can you share your passion and dreams with others and make them a reality? Worse yet, you may end up just serving someone else’s Why and never aspire to your own. My guess is that most educators can sum up their Why in a few words: To help others, to teach and inspire, to change a life, to change the world. Think about your Why and how your thoughts and actions help you carry it out. Better yet, teach your students to find their Why and help them develop the skills to carry out their mission and reach their dreams!
“Listening is active. At its most basic level, it’s about focus, paying attention.” – Simon Sinek
“Great leaders don’t need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.” – Simon Sinek
“If you have the opportunity to do amazing things in your life, I strongly encourage you to invite someone to join you.” – Simon Sinek
- Monday, November 25: Students of the Month Assembly 9:05 AM
- Tuesday, November 26: Achievement Team (Benson) 8:15 AM, Battle of the Books planning meeting 8:20 AM
- Wednesday, November 27 – Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving Break!
- Monday, December 2: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
- Tuesday, December 3: Achievement Team (Hurula) 8:15 AM
- Thursday, December 5: Staff Meeting at 8:05 AM (Resilient Classrooms presentation by Katie Dodge & Sarah Jacobson)
- Friday, December 6: Records Day (Optional Report Day)
- Monday, December 9: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, Santa Shop Opens, iReady Window 2 Opens
- Tuesday, December 10: IEP (Mcguigan) 8:15 AM, Grades due by midnight
- Thursday, December 12: Winter Concert Grade 3 at 6:00 PM/Grade 4 at 7:00 PM
- Friday, December 13: Report Cards go home, PTA Skate Night 6:00-8:00 PM