Sunday, December 11, 2016


Hesitation is a word that ruins many and separates the few.   I think it is defined by your experiences and what you do.  I was hesitant the first time I went to observe a teacher, because I had never done it before.  I was hesitant the first time I had to deal with an angry parent, because I understood the mood.  I was hesitant the first time I had to speak in front of a large number of students.  I was hesitant the first time I had to speak to my staff.

Hesitation always gets a bit easier to deal with.  It always leaves you a little queezy in your stomach. It always makes you think twice and refine your practice.  It always is there, it is your conscious, that has your back.

It is your filter, your second guesser, your corner man.  It is your feelings, your brakes, your heavy hand.  When you answer its questions, when you make it feel okay.  You realize eventually it is a gatekeeper, not the ruler of the day.  You fight it and love it, hate it and thank it, you need it and want it to leave.  For hesitation is the voice in your head that eventually allows you to be free.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Experience or Formal Training?

Question 5 on #delachat tonight was delivered by a college student.  All the questions were from college students, which was just cool in itself.

Here was the question:

There are so many things to think about with this question.  I always think experience trumps formal education after you have the basic certifications.  Experience his hard to start, and formal education can certainly open doors for experience, but if you are lucky enough to have a choice, always choose experience.

Experience gives you stories.
Experience gives you moments
Experience gives you mistakes
Experience gives you successes
Experience gives you heart break
Experience gives your elation
Experience gives you relationships
Experience gives you a vision of who you are
Experience gives you contacts and connections
Experience gives you that "it" factor not learned from books.

Go with experience and a willingness to learn, formally, informally, and however to make yourself better.

There is no substitute for experience, and those that don't have enough of it become transparent in a way that is not good.