Justification is a waste of time when you’re solving problems.

Justification is a waste of time when you’re solving problems.  – Nathaniel Greene

If something is wrong – fix it!  Defending the status quo, defending actions that are contributory, is a waste of time.

Identifying a problem is a step on the journey to improvement.  We don’t complain about the problem – we solve it.  We don’t defend our actions – we get better.  We don’t blame others – we do the work!

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.  – Theodore Roosevelt

Standing still is easy.  The status quo is secure.  Letting someone else break the ice is safe.  We all know people who are followers.  We all know people who take comfort in stagnation; people who resist any change.

Living our passion for growth, modeling a growth mindset demands action.  Making mistakes is part of the growth, part of the learning process.  We all make mistakes.  We learn from our mistakes, get better, and keep on going.

Don’t be fearful of action.  Embrace the productive discomfort along the journey to elite.

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. 

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.  – Ronald Reagan

The challenges facing public education today are immense.   Schools are no longer simply responsible for the academic education of the children we serve.  For many children that cross the schoolhouse threshold each day, schools provide two meals, social services, counseling services, and medical support.  Traditional family values are being taught at school – because in some cases they aren’t being taught at home.  Self-regulation and self-control are now part of the curriculum in many classrooms.

No single person is responsible for the new demands on educators.  This isn’t a teacher issue or a principal issue . . . this is an everyone issue.  No individual can meet these challenges alone . . . it takes a team.  If each person, peers included, helps someone each day then we will make progress.  The vast challenges that face us aren’t going to get easier; they aren’t going to diminish over time.  Each of us has a responsibility to make a difference, even if it is for one person, to make the world a little better.