Hey everyone,

Every year, as educators head back to school, I think of this song from Billy Madison.

Until the day I die, Billy Madison and the first day of school will be inextricably connected. 

And I am all here for it.  

Let's get to this week's email!
Something Professional

This book would be PERFECT for not only working with your new staff and having great conversations about the teaching practice, but staff at any point of their career.

Both “Because of a Teacher” 1 and 2 have questions at the end of each chapter, making it ready for your staff  for a book study.

If you are interested in Because of a Teacher Volume 1 or 2 for a book study and are looking for bulk copies (10 or more), don't hesitate to contact me for bulk pricing. 

I will also gladly send your group a welcome message to any book studies you are doing on either to help get the party started! 

Both books are easy reads and are great for reflecting on the profession to move forward!
Something Profound
One of my favorite Ted Talks is Barry Schwartz’s discussion on “The Paradox of Choice.” 

"Choice" is often viewed as a positive, but Schwartz argues that too much choice can actually lead to issues. 

I shared the following quote in “The Innovator’s Mindset” when I discussed the idea of “Less is More” and the initiative fatigue that often happens in education:


“When people have no choice, life is almost unbearable. As the number of available choices increases, as it has in our consumer culture, the autonomy, control, and liberation this
variety brings are powerful and positive. But as the number of choices keeps growing, negative aspects of having a multitude of options begin to appear. As the number of choices grows further, the negatives escalate until we become overloaded. At this point, choice no longer liberates but debilitates. It might even be said to tyrannize.”

Barry Schwartz


I share this as a reminder that it is easy in education to want to do everything, but that often leads to being good at nothing. 

If you are leading a school, ask yourself when you are thinking about moving to the “next thing,” did the people you serve have an opportunity to get good at the “last thing?”  

Choice can be good, but like everything, sometimes too much of it can lead to more issues than it can solve.
Something Personal
Over the past few weeks, I have been working with schools before opening day with students. Although I address many of the obstacles we have not only faced in education over the past couple of years and the barriers ahead, I try to leave people challenged and inspired. 

The hope from every "talk" I give are the following three points;

1. People feel appreciated.

2. They are also challenged to try something outside of their comfort zone.

3. And they have the confidence and feel that challenge is attainable.

Not easy, but that is the goal.

One of the questions I have been getting after these talks is, "How do I keep this feeling of motivation that I have now as the year progresses?"

How I have been responding is that you don't.

Motivation and inspiration are often what we hope others will do for us, or even some type of media can provide. A good book, inspirational video, etc.

But that feeling is often fleeting.

I have been thinking that "motivation" is not the goal; it's discipline.

Discipline, for me, is showing up when you don't want to.  It is going to the gym when you don't feel you have the energy. It is committing to writing each week and doing it when you still think you have nothing to say. It is internal.

But the beauty of discipline is that it can lead to self-motivation. Seeing results from sticking with things when you don't want to can often lead to an inspirational feeling you develop from your own actions and results.

Seeing growth becomes the motivation.

And discipline, showing up when you don't want to, leads to that growth.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with feeling inspired by those we interact with or those that cross our path within a day.

But that can be the exception, while discipline can be the norm.

But only if we are disciplined enough to commit to it.

Discipline > Motivation

Develop it in yourself, and you will often see the inspiration you need can often be found in your own actions.

It might take some time, but if you stay disciplined in whatever your pursuit, it will happen. 


Have a great weekend and week ahead! 

George Couros


George Couros
Box 24028 RPO Windermere,
Edmonton, AB T6W 2W2
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