Finish Well

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” (Will Durant). I have used this quote before in previous posts. I agree wholeheartedly with Durant’s summation of Aristotle’s work, and I also  believe his quote embodies the very essence of who we are. When we are getting closer andContinue reading “Finish Well”

Kavana

Kavana is a Jewish term that has multiple meanings, but for the purpose of this post, I want to focus on only one: “Duties of the heart alone. To be humble and reverence respect to God and to love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. To keep your heart,Continue reading “Kavana”

Critical Responsibility Theory

(An In Your Face Satire) It is my observation that today’s culture lacks many key qualities that promote personal success. There is a group of people in our society that would rather blame, point fingers, and push for nonsensical rhetoric to fit an agenda than to work at actually becoming successful in life. What’s worseContinue reading “Critical Responsibility Theory”

Stay Focused or Sink Fast

As I grow in my personal, professional, and most importantly, my spiritual life, I have found that I have a lot to learn; especially when it comes to my faith, my understanding of who Christ is, and what it means to be a leader. Leadership is not something we should take lightly. It is moreContinue reading “Stay Focused or Sink Fast”

Be Strong and Courageous (Part 2)

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors’” (Joshua 1:6). Last time I discussed that strong and courageous leadership starts with submission to God. This time, I want to discuss how strong and courageous leadership means standing strong and being courageous in the faceContinue reading “Be Strong and Courageous (Part 2)”

Be Strong and Courageous (Part 1)

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors’” (Joshua 1:6). These were the words the Lord told Joshua when he took over as the leader of the Israelites. But let’s back up some forty years before, when the Lord commanded Moses to send menContinue reading “Be Strong and Courageous (Part 1)”

The Power of Investing

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you may have noticed the emphasis I place on investing in those you lead. Investing in your people is crucial to the success of any company or organization, and it also creates a successful, well rounded culture. Investing in people is the mostContinue reading “The Power of Investing”

My Heart Sings (Part 2)

A few days ago, I posted a blog titled, My Heart Hurts. Even though everything I discussed in that post is true, there is another side that needs to be considered as well. People think being a teacher means teaching curriculum, giving assignments, and having summers off. This is as far from the truth asContinue reading “My Heart Sings (Part 2)”

My Heart Hurts (Part 1)

This post is a bit unconventional, but one I felt needed to be shared. It hasn’t been the best of days today, and I am left with a heart that is breaking for my students. What follows is the struggle I have on a near daily basis: My heart hurts knowing the hardships and strugglesContinue reading “My Heart Hurts (Part 1)”

Choose Your Words Carefully

The other day, I was watching a snippet from the movie 300; one of the best movies ever made. In the scene I was watching, King Leonidas addresses a Persian messenger. The Persians want to make a treaty with the Spartans to use their land and water for their armies. Throughout most of the discussion,Continue reading “Choose Your Words Carefully”