Inspiring Action

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This week I watched a TED Talk by Simon Sinek. In his talk he spoke about how great leaders inspire action. He speaks of “the golden circle” and when  using it,  you question why?, How?, and What?. “What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? As a result, the way we think, we act.” Your passion drives you, but it is your choice to make something happen from that passion. 

I took me while to get interested in this talk, but Simon has a message that really speaks volumes. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe”. I thought that this was genius! I mean, I would take in all the business I could get, but when breaking it down to a more personal level, I want to have a support group that holds the same values and beliefs that I do. I want them to push me to my limits because they truly care about me and believe in what I am doing.  I don’t necessarily want them around if it’s just so they can someday take credit for whatever they helped me with at the time. I could care less if I had that kind of support system, and I think it runs true to most aspects of life. 

This talk was about finding something that you believe in, setting a goal, and working towards it. It’s not about telling people what you want, it’s about showing them your passion, being open to new ideas, and finding ways to spread your passion and reach your goal at the same time. This is when you start to inspire others, they become excited about what you are doing and they want to join. Simon stated, “those who lead inspire us. Whether they’re individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves. And it’s those who start with “why” that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them”. I thought this statement was extremely accurate; when you see someone is passionate about something and going about it in the right ways, others become excited about what they are doing and what to join. They want to follow and inspire. I believe this to be true in any profession, and I believe it is extremely true in the profession of teaching.  I hope to be so passionate about my career and students that they become passionate about their education. I hope that they can find what interests them and what they believe in, and one day become leaders who inspire many. 


10 Comments Add yours

  1. kingcutler4 says:

    I really think that passion is a truly important thing to succeed in anything you do. I don’t think you can truly do anything well without true passion!

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    1. I completely agree! Passion is the driving force and we have to allow people around us to express their passions, even if its not something we share the same feelings about. However, I feel like this can be difficult due to our values and beliefs kicking in.
      Thanks for the comment!

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  2. corymartens says:

    Exactly! Showing your students that you are passionate about teaching or your particular subject will help set an example of what true passion looks like, so maybe one day they can become just as passionate about a topic or area that drives them.

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    1. I agree! I look at it as leading by example. I want my students to find their passion, pursue it, and hopefully reach their goals.


  3. mrdorcey says:

    Being passionate about something helps people to “buy what you’re selling” if you will. If you’re just doing something for a paycheck or for some sort of recognition, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Being passionate, I believe, is one of the driving forces of life.

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    1. I agree! I feel as if no one really cares about what you are doing if you are not showing your passion through it.

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  4. The good thing about having that kind of success and passion is that it can keep going that it doesn’t have to end. Students can pick up on that passion and maybe better understand that subject, and maybe help them with other subjects as well. This helps me to try to do the best I can now and enjoy this part of college rather than hate it because it is part of a process to pursue something.

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    1. I think this is so true. I really like how you mentioned that not aspects of what you are trying to accomplish are enjoyable, but you know you have to be able to pursue your passion! I am in the same boat and totally get it.


  5. I watched this video as well and found it very interesting. I enjoyed reading your post. Great job!


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