I’m currently reading the 4 Hour Work Week ( @fourhourworkweek ) by @timferriss , and I must say it’s kind of cool that I didn’t start reading this book until just now, because in 2015 I did all of the things he suggests doing- but I did it all on my very own. I left something “safe” for something “crazy” and uncertain. It’s wonderful to know that when he says you won’t actually fail/lose it all if you take risks in life, that it’s completely true.
As summer is wrapping up and all of these amazing teachers are going back to work, I can’t say enough how much teachers do NOT get enough appreciation in our society. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. WAY harder than running my own little business. It’s so much more than a 9-5, it’s ALL the time. It’s being significantly underpaid when you’re doing things you never even went to school for (counseling, parenting, nursing, everything!!!) It’s emotionally draining and physically exhausting. I wasn’t prepared for how hard it would be, especially choosing to teach in Title 1 schools(the WORST of the worst) for three years.
I chose to change career paths and educate people in a different way… but we still need good teachers, and those of you who have stuck it out, THANK YOU. Thanks for the teachers who work harder than ever, to help kids who need it the most. A lot of my clients are teachers and some of my best friends are as well. I’m proud to know some amazing educators who give it their all day in and day out. If everyone left the classroom, we’d be screwed. I couldn’t make it, but there are many people who do an incredible job at it.
As your kids are going back to school, really take time to appreciate those who make sacrifices to educate them during those school hours and beyond. Politics in education (especially in AZ) are crazy right now, and the teachers could really use more support from outsiders.
Life changes and goals change, but I will always love educating people. I will always value those who educate.
“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.”