Risk Taking: A Lesson in Humility

Gabe What WouldI love this quote. I have the quote on a magnet in my classroom and have frequently talked about it with my students. I believe in modeling being a learner with students, parents, colleagues, and the greater community. Over the past year, I completed a demanding one year graduate program, worked a full-time teaching job, participated in many other learning opportunities where I was able to share my learning publicly and with great success! It was exhilarating, challenging, and quite a confidence builder.

My graduate program in school leadership prepared me to take the next step and I believe I am completely ready for the shift from teacher to administrator. The part I think I forgot about was what happens when it doesn’t work out the way I want it to work out? What if I don’t get that job I had my sights set on? Talking about having a growth mindset it easy until you actually have to have that growth mindset. I have watched my students struggle, take risks with their learning, stand up in front of their peers, teachers, and principals and really put themselves out there. We encourage children to do this all of the time and remind them the importance of having a growth mindset and being resilient. What I forgot to tell them is when it doesn’t turn out the way they wanted, it is an opportunity.

My most recent experience didn’t turn out the way I wanted. For the past couple of weeks I have been vacillating between realizing it was for the best and being completely distraught and worried about the future. I was humbled by the fact that no matter what I did, it didn’t work out the way I had planned…humility is a gift of grace. Not getting what I want is an opportunity to realize I am just a person doing the best I can with the gifts I have been given. I have faith in knowing that I am not in charge and what will be, will be. I love learning and teaching and serving others. That is what is important and being humbled is a gift that keeps me grounded. Serving my school community is the thing I love and makes me who I am. So I will continue to model ‘what I would do if I knew I could not fail.’

Being humble means recognizing we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.

~Gordon B. Hinckley

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