Apple for the Teacher!

Sir Isaac Newton, if I remember correctly from my school days, invented apples and gravity.  I may have that slightly confused but by all accounts he was a clever chap.  He said:

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

I have a confession to make … (and for any teachers reading this please look away now) I hated practically every single day I ever spent at school.  I know I’m not alone in that by any means.  I loathed even the thought of going.  My heart sank as the alarm clock woke me each Monday to Friday morning and I felt utter relief as the bell rang out to signal the end my daily sentence.

I lived for the school holidays.  Remember them?  When the summers were so hot that it melted the tarmac on the roads?  I think that’s what I would know these days as an ‘urban myth’.

Thank God that whoever came up with the idea that schooldays are “the happiest days of your life” was very wrong in my case.

Like Sir Isaac, since leaving school, what I have learned I have also gleaned from people I would label as “giants”.  There are so many wise individuals who, having been there before, want to give me and you the benefit of their efforts and knowledge.

Isn’t that an incredible thought really?  I mean, do actually stop for a moment and consider that concept.  My journaling habit, you see, means I take stock of things so much more than I ever used to do, and lots of stuff (I think ‘stuff’ is a great word!) I used to take for granted I now consider far more deeply.  It makes me appreciate what previously I wouldn’t have considered or even noticed.

Here’s an even better thought to conjure with.  At no other time in the history of mankind (just think about the significance of that!) has information from these “giants” been so freely accessible on the internet simply by making a few key strokes.  If you choose to pay for it you can, of course, buy their books or go on their seminars.

Here’s another confession for you.  Unlike my school days (which I may have mentioned I didn’t like!),  I am now a very serious student.  I spend a lot of time and energy learning in order to improve myself, my knowledge, my skills and my chances in life.

I learn and what’s more I apply my learning.  My “giants” are individuals like Jack Canfield, Napoleon Hill, Bob Proctor, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McKenna, Susan Jeffers and Jim Rohn to name just a few.  What these people have taught me has literally changed my perspective, my attitude and my belief in what is possible.  Their lessons, wisdom and strategies are there for any and all who are interested to know.

A man is walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he just can't get out. After a while a doctor passes by and the man shouts up, 'Help, help!  Please can you help me out of this hole?' The doctor peers in, writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a priest comes along and the man shouts up, 'Father please stop, I'm down in this hole, can you help me out?'  The priest stops and looks, writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and walks away.

Then a friend walks by, 'Hey, John, it's me down here, can you help me out?'  And the friend jumps in the hole.  The man says, 'John why did you do that?  Now we're both down here.'

The friend smiles and calmly replies,  'Yes, but I've been down here before … and I know the way out’.

The lesson I’ve come to understand is whether you think of them as “giants” or consider them as “friends” whatever hole I’ve been in they have had insight to the quickest and easiest climb out.  I only wish they had taught me that at school!