Bird Droppings January 26, 2010
Go up another rung!
I walked outside just a few minutes ago into a chilly breeze. The sky was clear and the only sound is the flapping of the neighborhood flag against the flag pole. I looked around as my dog did whatever dogs to when they go out and listened carefully trying to hear some signs of spring on the way but sadly only the clicking and flapping of the flag. We are into a new week and the mountain is nearly climbed as we approach the midpoint of a six week grading cycle. I am even with my aversion to shopping looking forward to the weekend and possibly going shopping with my wife and will even brave the masses of the mall although I have an ulterior motive I have run out of my favorite loose tea and the shop is by chance at the mall. Perhaps that is why I am even considering going to the mall although I do enjoy observing and trying to figure out people. So as I sit finishing up here my meditation and writing this morning pondering a weekend jaunt maybe it is time to go up another rung in life.
“One only gets to the top rung of the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you–suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, ‘Well, I’ll have a go, too.’” Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher was the first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain and was in her time the most powerful woman in the world. This is her philosophy of success that she discusses here in her quote and it is simple, a one step, one rung at a time to the top. So many folks want to jump from the ground to the top and forget there is so much in between.
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.” John Foster Dulles
One of the major ways that we as humans learn is through trial and error. However true success is not repeating the error again and again and that is when we are succeeding. With students it often takes multiple tries but it is up to the teacher to assure that the rungs can be accomplished with the right effort and not to deliberately create such difficulty that a student flounders and as some do eventually quits. Teachers measure the rungs on the ladder not too easy but attainable.
“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” Benjamin F. Fairless
As I read this note and the four simple rules or ingredients to success I was amazed at the simplicity. First love what you do, and then give it your best, thirdly seize opportunities, and finally teamwork and success can be yours. As I walk through the doors of our school and look at teachers so often you can tell good teachers by who is smiling a sure sign that they want to be there. For these teachers it is not just a job and they love what they do and do give the job their best. In no other field have I ever seen people seize opportunity such as in teaching. When paper is allocated or budget cuts restrict supplies you learn quickly to be resourceful and work with others it is so much easier to accomplish as a team then working independently.
“Success is that old A B C; ability, breaks, and courage.” Charles Luckman
We acquire ability through learning and effort and it is learning when to take advantage of breaks that come along, always keeping your eyes open and always being ready. Courage is that character aspect of us that is that inner drive that can lead a person upward.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” Colin Powell
As he lead US forces back a few years and now then as the retired Secretary of State Colin Powell has simply put it all in order as far as life goes, in order to find success you must prepare do your homework. Then you do the work and get it done and finally learn from your errors, from your mistakes and use them to succeed. As I read this morning between walking dogs and writing I found a thought I would like to end with.
“It is more important to be of service than successful.” Robert Kennedy Jr.
For many people success is a selfish thing, but finding true success is when what you do is affecting others positively. Today in this with so many opportunities to be of service to others try and be of service and always please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your heart.