Day 99 (of 184) you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Day 99 = a quote from ‘the great one’ – hockey’s Wayne Gretzky. An interesting quote that people tend to repeat the saying of rather than emulating. Because (metaphorically) taking a shot can be very embarrassing if it ends up in a ‘miss’. And sometimes ‘standing pat’ is easier and safer.
The parallel to education is that often educational leaders talk the talk, have the poster, but when its time to fire……we ‘cycle the puck’. While that is okay at times as you wait for the ‘right time’…….sometimes the ‘right time’ doesn’t present itself with horns and whistles (kinda like the right time to get married, have a child, start a masters – if you wait for the right time you’ll likely miss it!
Risk taking is hard (and having moved my family a couple of times for ‘interesting opportunities’ myself it can be very nerve wracking and expensive). Modelling and providing an environment where risk taking is ‘safe’ is even trickier.
There are also many options to be innovative and take risks in education – the variety is not the issue but the follow-thru can be difficult: it can be too easy to move from one initiative to another and get frustrated with a lack of progress – in other words it is easy to ‘pass the puck’……
It’s good to be in the game, it can be amazing in fact. But you need to be a participant, not a spectator – or as the coach in me would say: keep your head up and pay attention to what is happening around you and take your opportunity to make a difference. Take a shot, follow through and remember – even if the first shot doesn’t go in, there’s always the chance of a rebound….kinda like a feedback loop!