I have today been inspired to write my next blog post after a truly remarkable talk I heard earlier in the week. Richard Gerver came along to a professional learning event at my work place and I sat through his one hour talk completely encapsulated. This resulted in my going away to buy and read his book – Change.
The book has given me food for thought on a number of areas and has inspired me to reflect on many aspects of both my personal and professional life. As a teacher, my job is everything, I live and breathe teaching and never really stop thinking about the next idea that will engage and motivate my students. I have been inspired to ensure I know who I am not only professionally, but personally too – and it is ok if they are different! After completing the first chapter, I found that I went to grab a note book and pen and reread the introduction to this book. I knew from the first page that it was one of those books for which I would immediately connect.
One thing I love about reading books related to my career, is when the author recommends or mentions other books to read. I have added at least three new books to my wish list and feel inspired to get online and annoy the receptionist at my school with the never ending deliveries from online book stores. The only thing that saddens me is the decisions I have to make in which book to read next!
The concept of “trying new things” is the principal element I am going to take from this book. After a year of studying my Masters, I have become rigid in my routines. I would work through the week, quite often 12 hour days, and my weekends would be spent reading and studying for my next assignment. I would get up on a Saturday morning, go on the same walk, eat breakfast in the same cafe, come home and sit in the same spot to study. I have now nearly completed my first ‘study free’ month and I have to admit, I am finding the new unstructured routine challenging. However, a new wave of motivation has hit! Change is good and I will challenge myself to try new things and step out of my comfort zone. Richard made a suggestion of going to see a movie alone – something I have never done but is now on my ‘trying new things’ list.
Richard has challenged me to consider my ‘brand.’ What do I stand for? What are my passions and interests? This is a harder question to answer than you might originally think. I challenge you to consider this and create your personal brand for how you want others to perceive you. This idea was addressed during my recent studies in educational leadership and is something which had slipped my mind in the madness of trying to write 15000 words on the future of education. I now wish I had heard Richard speak before submitting my paper as my ideas have developed and I have been inspired to think a little differently. Perhaps that is what is good about change, only months later, my viewpoints and ideas have developed, not necessarily for the better, but in considering different viewpoints we allow ourselves to adapt and be flexible.
I encourage all educators to read this book. I have personally been inspired to think about myself and who I want to be, to challenge myself, try new things and make an effort to get to know people who I may be threatened by or who are the polar opposite of who I am. I will trust in those around me who give me advice and will treasure those whom I can be honest with and who I can share my feelings without censoring them.
Change is a powerful tool and it will be my goal to not only accept change but to embrace and encourage it for the better good of myself and my students.