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Success Defined

Success, Baby!Let me start be telling you what success isn’t: its not winning the lottery, its not getting the big bargain, its not getting perfect grades, its not making a million dollars…

These examples could be used to describe success, but that would depend on the person.  I think that most people would define success as winning, or making oodles of money, or becoming the president of the United States.  Again, for some people that is tremendous success. 

 But what if I don’t want to be the president?  What if I don’t want to make millions?  What if I don’t want to be an NBA All-Star?  There has to be a way to measure my success, right?

I coached high school soccer for almost 20 years, the first three years I spent a lot of time talking about winning.  The problem with this is what happens when we play the perfect game, but lose?  Were we successful?  Not according to the scoreboard.  

Year four, under the tutelage of some great coaches, John McFall (basketball state champion coach) and Will Stoskopf (state champion soccer coach), my philosophy changed.  Instead of focusing on winning, where we would only be successful on the scoreboard, it changed to “be in a position to succeed.”

Its a little known fact that someone will always be better than me at something…

Think about this, what if I got an “A” in Schooling 101, but put in zero effort.  Am I successful?  I would argue no.  What if my soccer team wins a game 4-0, but played terrible?  Were they successful?  I would argue no.  What if I earned millions and millions of dollars, but along the way I lost my family? 

Here is my definition of success: performing the best that I can, when it matters most, no matter how difficult or challenging the situation.  

Play the game of my life and lose?  Success!  

Get a “C” on a test but worked and worked and worked to prepare?  Success!

Put myself in position to interview for the job of my dreams?  Success!

We can’t all be the president, nor can we all earn a perfect 4.0.  We can’t be NBA All-Stars, nor all be Teacher of the Year.

Just because these are things that show succes, doesn’t mean they define success.

We can ALL do the best we can with what we have where we are!  This is success!!


About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


2 thoughts on “Success Defined

  1. I totally identify with this. I was somewhat obsessed with the outcome when it came to preparing my students for contests and auditions. I’m still working on it, but I’ve changed my tune a bit (pardon the pun).
    My mother used to tell me, “be yourself…but be your best self”. It drove me crazy then, but I have said that many times to my students. I want them to perform to the best of their abilities, and that is what we strive for. Different groups’ “best” measures up differently to the various standards we come up against. But if they are their best selves, I consider it success!


    Posted by mindydenn | March 28, 2015, 7:04 pm
  2. You are succeeding!!!


    Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2015, 9:41 am

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