Twice in the last year, administrators have told me I am “too passionate.” Out of curiosity, when did passion become a bad thing? I have been pondering this question for the last few days and I think I have an answer.
Now when I say status quo I am not talking about being stagnate. You can still be moving forward, but you are following the same 5 year goals that you had 5 years ago. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and a lot of good schools are doing this and having great results. But I
want need something more.
I thought of this analogy this morning: You are standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Far below you is the canyon floor with the Colorado River running through it. You have 3 choices: sit there with a pair of binoculars and watch the river from the top of the canyon wall, ride a donkey or walk down a twisting path to the bottom, or base jump off the top of the canyon and parachute down.
All three choices get you a view of the river. None of them is necessarily a bad choice depending on what your intended outcome is.
But I am a base jumper. I love the thrill of doing something that few others are and I love the rush of not knowing exactly how everything will turn out. I never jump without a parachute (ok, almost never). I want to help others to learn how to take that first leap and I want an administrator who is going to be standing there handing out parachutes.
So, who’s with me?