Punched in the Mouth


Mike Tyson was once being interviewed before a boxing match. When he was asked by the interviewer if he would be able to adapt to the other boxer’s different game plan, he incredulously stated:

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. 

Ever since I heard this quote, I was always struck by how much it can be applied to any life situation. I feel like the end of the year in schools is one such situation. 

Daily routines are thrown out the window. Students have lost interest. Teachers and administrators have lost interest. It seems like everyone is in survival mode. 

Even if there was a plan in place for making the last days meaningful, it seems as if we are punched in the mouth repeatedly. 

As I struggle to make sure that I’m accomplishing something meaningful over the next few days, I try to remember that even if the game plan goes out the window when I get hit, I still need to adapt to win the fight. 

While the punch may destroy your game plan, don’t let it destroy your resolve to win. 


Rich (@RACzyz) 

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