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I Try, Therefore I Am

It seems funny to list some of my strengths today.  I just came home from playing tennis with my teenage sons (not a strength) and today was one of those days at school when my weaknesses seemed to be more on display than my strengths.

That said, I can easily say that the strength I am most grateful for is my ability to try new things.  The funny thing is, I wasn't always the bold attempt-er that I am today.  In fact, I was well into adulthood before I learned to be comfortable with trying new things.  I used to be afraid that trying new things would result in failure.  What I eventually realized is that trying new things often DOES result in failure.  But it also results in pretty amazing things.

Not only that, but my ability to try new things has made me more appreciative about the amazing things that others think and do.  Trying new things is exciting, freeing and humbling.  I get a thrill when I get to try a new technology or approach.  It is wonderfully liberating to know that I don't have to have all the answers myself.  Trying new things is humbling - not only in the moments when I fail, but in those moment when I succeed with an idea that someone else conceived.  I can honestly say that my ability to try new things has significantly improved not only my practice, but my overall outlook on life!


  1. Our posts are somewhat similar today. Learning and trying new things is something teachers must embrace or we will be left behind!


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