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[Weekly Inspiration] Success, Failure, and the Desire to Keep Creating

[Weekly Inspiration] Success, Failure, and the Desire to Keep Creating

Have you ever devoted your life to something, only to feel like you’re failing? That’s what Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses in the TED Talk below. Gilbert reflects on reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple – though hard – way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

Gilbert’s realization that failure is a part of the creative process is something that we all experience. While it may seem easy to give up on something you’re passionate about because you keep failing, it’s important to keep persevering. Remember your love for the craft, and don’t forget it. The love for your passion is what keeps you going when things get difficult.

This time of year is chaotic in the classroom. Students are antsy due to the holiday season, you’re feeling burnt out, and your to-do list grows with each day. Still, it’s a great time to reflect on why you chose the education profession in the first place. Think about all the things in your classroom that make you smile, like when your lesson “clicks” for your students, when you pass back an A+ to a student who came in for extra help, or when you share a laugh with your class. Take some time to treasure all the things that make teaching the best job in the world.

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