I am inspired by Jon Gordon’s excerpt from his book, The Carpenter.
“The way to success is the way to craftsmanship, where you work really hard for years. You show up every day. You do the work. You see yourself as an artist dedicated to your craft with a desire to get better every day. You put your heart and soul into your work as you strive for excellence. You desire to create perfection, knowing you’ll never achieve it but hoping to get close to it. You try new things. You fail. You improve. You grow. You face countless challenges and tons of rejection that make you doubt yourself and cause you to want to quit. But you don’t. You keep working hard, stay positive and persevere through it all with resilience, determination and a lot of hope and faith. Then you make it.”
I see myself in this journey. And I think we are all on the same quest for success. I especially like the part about seeing the quest as a creative journey to seeking perfection. I think a person is fortunate to have not only one such journey but several in a lifetime. My own journey has been as an educator in many different capacities. I see educators as a creative quest for perfection for a lifetime. However, the same quest should apply to us all no matter what the profession.