Hello My Fellow Teacher: Are We Lucky?
You see, those of us in education, whether as teachers or administrators or teachers-turned-entrepreneurs, are just so incredibly fortunate.
I mean, think about it… we honest-to-goodness have daily interactions with our students and others that change lives.
We. Change. Lives.
And what about this? In addition to changing lives, we get to immerse ourselves in something we’ve always been incredibly passionate about: lifelong learning.
We get to learn every day. That’s our industry, our business. Learning.
So, yeah, we are indeed among the lucky.
It was also during this reflection period that I received an email from Justin Jackson, a fellow entrepreneur and someone whom I admire and follow. Justin produces books, podcasts, and other tools to help techy-type business startups, but he also dishes out some interesting philosophy from time to time.
In his email and online piece, You’re Lucky, Justin implores us not to get hung up on negativity and defeatism by focusing on all of the super successful, lest we forget how truly fortunate we are, even if we’re “just” a teacher.
- Are you connected to the internet? You’re lucky. (60 percent of the world doesn’t have internet access).
- Do you live in a peaceful area? You’re lucky. (39 million people have been displaced because of armed conflict).
- Do you earn more than $50,000 a year? You’re lucky. (You’re in the top 0.31 percent of richest people in the world by income).
Oh, I could add many others, but you get the idea, so here are just two more:
- Do you speak English? You’re lucky. (95 percent of the world’s population did not grow up speaking English, yet virtually everyone everywhere is clamoring to learn and use English.)
- Do you have a job you love? You’re lucky. (If you’re teaching, I know you’re not in it for the money, and most surveys suggest that only about a quarter of the workforce in Western countries enjoy what they do.)
Are we lucky or not?
I’m lucky, and so are you.
A few weeks ago, I started asking everyone who leaves me a voicemail to tell me what they’re grateful for. Try it. Call me at +1.407.796.5231 and tell me what you think and why you’re so lucky.
Or, leave a comment below.
Either way, please remember how lucky we, and you, are to be involved in education, where we get the chance to shape others’ live every day.