Nowadays, the Cold War is over, we've separated winter events from summer events in the same year, there is 24/7 coverage from a myriad of outlets, and the definition of an "amateur" has changed. Yet, the Olympics still mesmerize us. We love a good story, especially if it's an underdog. Much like education, a lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same.
During my second or third view of this short piece, I began to see a metaphor for our innovation efforts:
Here are my initial takeaways:
- Hard work, dedication, and falling down are crucial to achieving a vision.
- There are no shortcuts.
- You need a lot of support and cheerleaders, in both down and up moments.
- You cannot allow setbacks to stop you.
- You cannot allow shortcuts to seduce you.
- If you need diagnostics and different training to overcome an obstacle, seek out professionals beyond your original team.
- There will be times you want to give up - don't.
- Have a plan and stick with it.
- When you finally achieve your vision, no feeling in the world can compare.
Join the conversation...
Does the video resonate with you? What are your thoughts about how it may relate to our efforts in education?