Average of 5
I love and strongly believe in Jim Rohn's quote, "We're the average of the 5 people we hang out with the most." I always try to surround myself with people who inspire me --some by choice and some by accident, some are constant and some are ever-changing. My husband would be an example of someone who was by choice and someone who is constant. However, there are many others that are simply coincidence and I may have lost touch with since, but at the time, they inspired me and their influence has impacted me throughout my career.
Over the weekend I attended an open-house at the school where I started my teaching career. The building is scheduled to be torn down in a few weeks. While there I ran into a former colleague. Nancy. She was an amazing inspiration to me. My first year of teaching I remember sitting in her room before and after school to absorb any advice she could give. I would watch how she interacted with her students and try to mimic what she did.
I am now a principal. I want to inspire those who I interact with -- students, families, teachers. Yet, I am also always looking to get inspired. I know that the people who I surround myself with must inspire me. And those 5 people change -- but never leave -- as I evolve. Although I saw Nancy for the first time in years and she was no longer part of 'my 5', she has forever inspired me. Which all brings me to my big question -- to be inspirational or to be inspired?
Without the inspiration of Nancy, and the dozens of other people who have positively crossed my path, I wouldn't be able to inspire others. I've adopted the beliefs of the ever-evolving '5' and have used them to fuel my passion. So I think I've answered my own question. To inspire, I must be inspired. Thank you, Nancy, and everyone else who has helped me to become an average of them.