Posts filed under: Motivation

Automobiles get out of alignment. When this happens, left to their own devices, they drift to one side. Without intervention, the car is soon in the ditch. We would never sit by and simply let a car drift off the...
The last post spotlighted a young man who asks the pointed question, “Do You Believe in Me?” This video illustrates why we need to believe in, and continue to believe the power of students to succeed. The story is very...
I certainly do…after watching this. The speaker is Dalton Sherman, who at the time was a 5th grader. The audience consisted of 17,500 teachers and other employees of the Dallas Independent School District as they prepared to begin their school...
Over the years, I’ve been teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept: the Ant Philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy. These are the words of author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker Jim Rohn....
I have enjoyed reading Daniel Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind, as well as hearing him speak in person. This video is a promotion for his new book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Daniel Pink asks us...
Few figures in coaching have had the lasting impact of John Wooden. I found this TED Talk from 2001 to be fascinating in terms of his approach to teaching others not just the game of basketball, but the game of...
When we think about those who have shaped our lives in a positive way, the name of at least one teacher generally comes to mind. But, are those who meant so much to us aware of the lasting impact they...
I recently read The Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni. Those who enjoy business fables in the spirit of The One Minute Manager or Fish will enjoy this story, although at 259 pages, it is considerable longer....
Tonight, the NCAA will crown a new men’s basketball champion. It seems particularly appropriate to feature this clip at this time. From my favorite movie of all time. Listen to what Gene Hackman is saying. While he’s talking about basketball,...
We all knew him as the one who taught Calculus in the toughest of circumstances and succeeded. For over 20 years, the movie “Stand and Deliver” has served as an inspiration for what can be done. Jaime Escalante passed away...