Have you ever felt under-valued? Written off? Several times in my life I have had people under-estimate me. Turns out, it was their loss. I know I'm not alone in this.
My father was voted “Least Likely to Succeed” in his High School Yearbook. He was poor, a bit of a punk, could barely read and only stayed in school because they let him play football. He left high school intending to work on the railroad. He was bored to tears. His very good friend came home for a visit from college and brought my father an application, bugged him until he filled it out and got the registrar at the high school to send his transcripts. I’ll be forever grateful to Eddy and the school registrar for believing in my dad.
Guess who was the most successful student from that class? My dad. He went on to earn multiple degrees, head up incredible projects, travel the world and became a well-known physicist with more than 25 patents in his name.
Oh, and that railroad job? Turns out my dad made enough working at the railroad that year after high school to pay for 3 years of college. My grandfather paid the rest. God is good.
Never under-estimate the potential of a student, a co-worker or anyone else. We all have untapped potential, especially our students.
How will you help your students tap into that reservoir today? Share in the comments below.