Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Looking for Inspiration? Try Three Cups of Tea

I know this book has been out for a few years and on the best sellers lists for a long while, but if you are like I was and hadn't gotten around to reading it yet, I believe it's worth your time.
In this inspiring non-fiction book, Greg Mortenson stops at nothing to get schools built and staffed in the mountains of Pakistan. He fights centuries of inertia, cultural bias and poverty, and...wins!
As a whole, the book makes me think about all the seemingly petty excuses for lack of success I use from time to time when things don't go well for my students or school. How often do we stop ourselves simply because of our own misguided beliefs and attitudes? Why do we keep on doing the same old things that don't work?
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, said on the Charlie Rose show this summer that the biggest barrier to success is simply the willingness to act. When there is a problem, most people slink around and let it fester. The difference between success and failure often isn't intellectual brilliance or moral fortitude, it's just the ability to act. Something isn't working? Act. That doesn't work? Try something else. How often are frozen in place by our fears, doubts and conventions?

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