In the words of a person I respect we sometimes need to, “Grip the thorns so that we can smell the rose” some things in our professional lives definitely do not go as planned. That does not meant that we have to give the vision up or convince ourselves that we are running the wrong race. Instead, we have to embrace the frustrating aspects of our jobs and find a way to make them work for us. Working in the education space there will always be unexpected turns and the feeling that things are not going as smoothly as they could. This work is rewarding and messy and complex. The point is to not dwell on the things that did not work and instead forge ahead sure that if you remain diligent, positive, and focused the outcome you are looking for will come. Also YOUR modeling of this helps others to tow the line when they feel like giving up as well.
Wired.com recently had an article on the importance of grit. You can read it here: https://tinyurl.com/yc3jq3zma
My favorite quote reads: “It turns out that the intrinsic nature of talent is overrated – our genes don’t confer specific gifts. (There is, for instance, no PGA gene.) This has led many researchers, such as K. Anders Ericsson, to argue that talent is really about deliberate practice…”
No one is BORN with all of the answers. We build within ourselves the capacity to persevere. You cannot ask of students and teachers what you do not have yourself. If you display Grit so will they.
Here is a TED Talk that I watch frequently. It is about children but speaks volumes for adults as well in my opinion.
Remember, to lead is to constantly learn and while others may not tell you the truth, I always will. You need to model the positive attitude and fortitude that you require of others. – Dr. Kia