Doing Something Different

18 08 2011

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein

Go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground. ~Oprah Winfrey

“On the other hand, you have different fingers.” ~Steven Wright

Doing something different is fueled by thinking about things you’ve always done and asking yourself, “What’s the purpose of this? Is the purpose currently moving us forward toward innovation?”

It’s tough to step outside and regard yourself objectively, but a vital skill to nurture in ourselves and in our students. Sometimes we may have to give ourselves/students the freedom to walk a path for a while before we realize this isn’t the path for us. Or read a few chapters into the book. Until you’ve tried the new with fidelity, you can’t always readily dismiss it.

Ultimately, if you want something different, you have to do something different.

Yes, it’s astonishingly obvious. It’s also astonishingly simple.
But it’s also astonishing how many people won’t.

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