Hello, world! It has been a while since I have written my own blog post. I am grateful to my friends and colleagues who contribute here and have picked up my slack the last few months! Truth be told, I have been writing elsewhere.
Last weekend my book Risk Taker was released. A book I have spent months writing, months editing, months polishing and months publishing. With the help of some close friends, I was able to publish this on my own. Something I never would have ever thought I could achieve. But I did it. Me.
And so can you.
I am not talking about writing book, unless of course you want to. I am talking about your sky dive – your back flip. What is that one thing you have always wanted to do but never done? Why?
Family? Work? Time?
All plausible excuses, but excuses none-the-less.
When students make excuses, how do we respond?
We push them, we nudge them. We encourage them. We support them.
I’m writing this to encourage you. To support you. To nudge you.
We learn best when things go wrong. We learn to innovate and problem solve when exploring new territories. Innovation begins when mistakes are made. We expand our minds when we engage in new experiences.
As most of you know, I am a huge advocate for getting kids to code for a variety of reasons. The main one being that ‘code’ does not typically run properly the first time it is written. That moment we press the GO button and observe our creation only to find it not quite what we had pictured. That moment of suspense – waiting to see our creation come to light. That moment when what we expect to happen doesn’t. That is the moment we begin to dissect. We begin to debug. We begin to think critically, creativity and computationally. We learn from those mistakes and we make functional improvements.
What is your passion project? What is that one thing you have always wanted to do but have never started? Put this down and begin. No more excuses.
You just start.