December 13, 2017

What does it take?

Sometimes I wonder how my middle school students had the courage to stretch themselves and achieve at the level that they did. Some seem to be born with courage and others seem to learn how to challenge and stretch themselves continuously. Maya Angelou believed that people develop courage.

And, then there’s curiosity. If you’ve been around very young children you’ve probably had them ask lots of questions. They are curious, thinking, watching, absorbing and creating. At age 4 they ask 300 questions a day. By the time young people reach middle school their question asking goes to 0.

If students are encouraged and supported in their learning the opposite can happen. In addition the ideas they imagine and generate flourish. Along the way their creativity is fostered.

You may know Inc.com – it is a weekly magazine whose focus is small businesses and often includes the creative aspect of those businesses. Contributing editor Geoffrey James provided a piece called 77 Motivational Quotes That Will Give You Courage – It takes courage to live your life the way you want, especially when you’re changing the world. The quotes include a wide variety, some have been around for a very long time like this one by Aristotle: “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” There are several written by those still living like this one by David Letterman: “There’s only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior.”

If you’re looking for motivational sayings, I suggest that you CHECK OUT all 77.

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