I want to be part of something greater than me. I want to lead and inspire. I want to inspire others to lead and inspire! :)
Today, after I finished a training with a group of 57 teachers and principals, I had a surprising encounter. As I was packing my bag, there was a tap on my shoulder. It was a man, a teacher, who had sat through the previous 2 hours learning with me. This is what he said:
"I wanted to say hi and give you some words of encouragement. Your job is hard! I want you to know that our entire table was in awe. We came to the decision that we didn't feel like were in a training. We felt like we were at a Ted Talk!"
I was floored. Of course I thanked him and shared with him how one of my life goals was to someday give an actual Talk. He continued...
"After what we heard today, I have no doubt that will happen. Your passion is palpable and your tone and vocal inflection make you exciting to listen to."
I have never in my life received such a compliment in regards to my presentation and speaking skills. It touched my heart.
Most importantly, I knew I had done my job. I came to those teachers to inspire them to action; to be part of something that will change the face of education.
And they heard me.
I have a long way to go before my Ted Talk dream comes true but today was certainly a step in the right direction.
I absolutely love leading and learning.
And for this, I am thankful.