We all need a little bit of inspiration. For the last week I've been working on a grant and with any large project the devil is in the details, which can be exhausting, especially when you are unsure if it will all pay off in the end. But worrying about the payoff should not and cannot be the motivation for excellence. Motivation comes from the act itself, knowing that with everyday we, as teachers seeking excellence, gave it our all. That we tried our absolute best. That is all that really matters. As I tell my students, "do your best, and forget the rest." The trick though is that I always check myself, "Did I really do my best, could I have done better, and what would have made it better?" Those questions usually go a long way for me to ensure that I stay on track.
However, I will say that striving to be your best can also be tiring at times. Sometimes, I have days when I need a little push, inspiration to get fueled up again.
The following are some quotes and video clips that help me to stay motivated. I hope that it may be helpful to other educators. We are here to help each other and keep each other going strong!
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.Aristotle
Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.
Nick Vujicic- A man born with no arms or limbs, but he loves life. He has a passionate ministry and always sees brightness ahead. I always feel better after watching his videos.
I love watching this video on Will Smith's success when I need a little extra push. I love that he wants his family and career to count!
"Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!" Who doesn't love Rudy! I have always loved this story. When I need to reclaim a dream I watch Rudy.