“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
There has never been a better time.
About a year ago, I procrastinated and waited. 28 days. I was ready to begin after a year of contemplating. I still waited 28 days. I was waiting for the right moment. I finally got a push from an unexpected snow day and my wife. And Four O’Clock Faculty was born.
After a lot of thought and discussion, I was finally able to get started. And now, almost a year later, I am glad that I started. Each and every post has given me the opportunity to reflect on my own learning, to connect with other educators, and share some of my passions in education. Some of the posts have been popular with other educators, being shared hundreds of times via social media. Other posts have been less popular, but are as equally as powerful for me because of what I learned from writing them.
For some people, it is the fear of failure that holds them back. For me, it was concern that I wouldn’t have much to share, that other educators would not want to hear what I had to say. Again, not every post has been the most popular, but not every post needs to be. Part of what has made the website a success for me is the fact that I have grown as an educator and a learner. I have been able to connect with other like-minded educators who have challenged and pushed my thinking. What I have learned from the process trumps what I’ve been able to share with others.
So, today, I am here to tell you to start. Don’t wait until tomorrow. You will be busy with other things tomorrow. Everything always gets pushed off until tomorrow. Start right now. I’ll wait.
Go ahead and write that first sentence. What are you waiting for? You don’t need permission from anyone.
Model for your students what writers do.
Write about your day.
Write about the changes you are making to your classroom.
Reflect on why you became an educator.
It doesn’t matter what you write about, just start writing.
The Art of Getting Started. Lee Crutchley.
Poke the Box. Seth Godin.