Day 18 (of 184) redefine possible
I don’t know how anybody could meet Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) and not be inspired – his story about being confused when somebody called him disabled – as to him disabled would mean he was limited – and by no means is he limited from doing ANYTHING.
Spencer’s big ideas:
Be happy every day
Small actions (can make big differences)
Live by the following belief:
One hour with Spencer puts many things in perspective.
But what else would you expect from a guy who has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro without legs – and raise over half a million dollars for schools and fresh water in Africa as part if Free the Children.
He redefines possible. Every day.
The top 3 questions asked of him are
What happened to his legs (lost as an infant)
How does he go to the bathroom (same as everybody else)
Can he drive a car (yes – hand controls)
And he isn’t about ‘what he looks like’ he is Spencer and wants to be seen for what he does.
Spencer’s story is very grounding – we can’t limit ourselves or others based on ‘first impressions’ Sir Ken and Daniel Pink share this message – following ones passion allows for one to do great things. We need to have learners know themselves, know their passions, and allow their passions lead them to greatness.
I am even more grounded in providing my students a genius hour during the week but I know I need to (and want to) do more – I want my learners to redefine possible in their own minds and in the minds of those around them.
I want them, and by definition me, to climb their My Kilimanjaro. I want all of us to redefine possible.