Thursday, October 13, 2011

Make choices, take action and chart your own path

Yesterday I had an amazing Twitter conversation with Tom Barrett, following my reading of his post about why he turned his back on teaching.  I'd first met Tom at the Google Teacher Academy in London last year and it was great to reconnect with him again.  Specifically Tom talked about the importance of taking charge of your situation and making positive change happen.  He suggested I read Linchpin by Seth Godin and told me that change is refreshing.  So straight away last night I downloaded the book and started reading it.  I only got through the first chapter but already I feel like this book has an important message for me.  For the rest of this week my blog posts will be devoted to my reflections on what I'm reading in this book.

Today I'm thinking about this statement:
Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied or frightened enough to hold it back.  They have become victims, pawns in a senseless system that uses them up and undervalues them.  It's time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map.

Photo Credit:  Crossroads by Lori Greig AttributionNo Derivative Works 

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