If you have ever listened to a podcast involving educators they typically invite the guest to share at the beginning a little about themselves. In short, the guest tells their story or journey. Recently, as I was listening to a podcast and heard the guest share their story that involved challenges and how they worked to get to their current status. This reminded me that everyone has a story. However, most of us have never either had the chance to share our story or even thought about what you would share if we were asked to share it with others.
There is great value when you stop, reflect upon your past and share the joys, challenges and learning experiences of your journey. It is your story. When you have the opportunity to do this you remember the precious moments that became memories and the people that you have had the chance to learn and work with. Furthermore, it helps to keep you grounded, stay true to your core beliefs and focused on what matters most.
When I stopped and thought about what is my story, the following were my takeaways that resonated with me that have impacted my life as an educator and my journey.
My Story and the learning experiences from it…….
- Who I am as a person is more important than the title of my position.
- How I treat others makes a more significant impact than any email I will send or PD that I can ever lead.
- My greatest successes were the result of collaborative teamwork with others. It was through our collective hard work and desire that we achieved great success.
- There have been many setbacks, but with each one I learned the value of staying true to my core beliefs.
- Growth has occurred because my passion to strive for excellence overcame setbacks and I was willing to give a little more, work a little harder. Growth has had as much to do with my attitude than my aptitude.
- Despite the long work hours and overwhelming amount of tasks, it is fairly simple – it is all about supporting others and helping them find success.
- We all make mistakes despite our best efforts. Don’t be hard on yourself but rather use each day as a reset and focus on being the best version of yourself.
- If you want to grow as a leader, don’t wait for others to come to you. Instead, recognize you can add value to any setting and if you want to grow then focus on intentional tasks to get you there. Your growth is your responsibility.
- Don’t compare yourself to others but rather focus on you and are growing in your current role. If you maximize your opportunities in your current role then others will notice you.
- Reflecting upon your experience is the key to growth. This allows you to stretch yourself, formalize your thinking and allows you to be open to new ideas that stimulate further opportunities.
- Your legacy is more important than your resume. In other words, how you help develop others is more important than the accomplishments you put on paper. It is about people – always.
A single person can make a significant difference. Everyone has the same opportunities in life. However, some people are content with the status quo, don’t take the time to reflect and are not willing to continually learn. When you analyze your story, it helps you to remember the things you have accomplished, your setbacks and what you need to do to continue to grow as a leader. It helps to make you humble and stay hungry for growth. True leadership occurs by intentional efforts when you work extremely hard to improve your own learning and that leads to growth. I encourage all leaders to reflect upon your story. When you can self-analyze your past and what you learned from those experiences, it allows you to focus on spending the right efforts towards building excellence. It is never too late to change or adapt to create something better. We owe that to our students and staff that we serve. Comment below or reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org