Standing for something?

Posted by Brenda Yoho

If you are like me, you have heard many things. I love to collect quotes and listen to others talk. All of the stories people tell me have been so enjoyable.

I can’t go for that” is the title of a great blog post from Seth Godin.

“The question is: If no one else was doing this, arguing for it, insisting on it–would we? Is it something you felt strongly about before the tribe and its leader took it on?”

“Standing for something is a good way to avoid having someone stand on you.”-Seth Godin

I have always heard, “If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

“Groupthink,” “ “Going along with the crowd,” “Being part of the popular group,” “Winning,” and “Not being different” are all part of the reasons little changes happen to result in significant change one day.

What do you think? Can you go for that?

I know what I stand for, and if you follow my blog and read any of my posts, reviews, or articles, it will not take long to understand my views. I am a servant leader who focuses on what is best for children. My faith is the true center of my life with a purpose it has provided me to follow. I do not go along with the crowd, have my thoughts, am never afraid to say what I think, and will always do what I believe to be the best for those I am serving.

One person told me, “You should not let them know you have a brain injury and any details.”

My response was, “Really, why not?”

“They will use it against you.”

“Wow, thank you for your advice. However, I am who I am. I will not hide a thing about who I am. It is a medical condition for which I continue to be treated and work daily on ways to maintain and improve. I can not believe anyone would use anything like this as a weapon against me. If I am not performing well, then yes, I should be called on not being able to perform my duties. It should not be used as a weapon against me. Job performance and doing what is expected are what should be judged. I can go for that any day!”

I have had a brain injury since 2010. During this time, I moved from being the principal of a middle school to the Director of Educational Support Programs, overseeing all grants for a large unit district. In that position, I also managed many other programs and developed additional ones. I also served on serval boards in leadership positions, read manuscripts for potential authors, and performed other duties.

In the years following my departure from that position in 2018, I continued to coach and mentor principals, write a daily blog, work on writing a book, and re-wrote the book, which is now with a new editor and will be coming to publishers.

I write all of those things and leave out several things because we do pre-judge individuals, especially children. We forget about grit, resilience, and perseverance. Yes, limitations exist but never underestimate the will of those striving to get the best out of life. This is why my students always hear me say, “I will never give up on you.”

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