Step One – 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. There’s getting into that college they wanted, making a sports team, getting a good grade in a class, or even being liked by others. Setting goals, achieving them and becoming successful has intuitive importance to students of all ages.
Especially true in the younger ages, students often parrot what their parents or friends think success means. Others rely on motivational speakers at assemblies who preach the value of living a better life by setting attainable goals. Still others chart their own. Success is elusive though, probably because setting goals and keeping them are hard work. Equally hard is having the patience to achieve 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 but cutting corners. 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. If it isn’t a long journey, it loses its value.
Next Post: Steps Two And Three – Watch the transformation of Beverly Sills’ insights on success into an essential question.