Step One – Philosopher Quote: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills – American Operatic Singer
SEL Connection: Students talk about success all the time and in many forms. It could be mean getting into that college they wanted, making a sports team, getting a good grade in a class, or even being liked by others. Setting and achieving goals and becoming successful has assumed importance and preoccupies the minds of students of all ages
Especially true in the younger ages, students often parrot what their parents or friends think about success. Others are more taken in by motivational speakers at assemblies who preach the value of living a better life by setting better goals. Still others develop their own path towards success. Success is elusive though, probably because setting goals and keeping them is hard work. What’s equally hard is having the patience to achieve these goals without succumbing to the temptation to cut corners. And we know how easy it is for kids of all ages to become very impatient and go down the wrong road.
Claim: Sills pushes against the idea that success is something you can get quickly. It’s a protracted process. Not many students treat life success as a long-term journey which takes patience and time to navigate. Her claim is that success can’t come from taking shortcuts. It must be a long journey; otherwise, it loses its value.
Next Post: Steps Two And Three – Watch the transformation of Beverly Sills’ quote into an essential question.