Monday, June 9, 2008

Let Me Out Of Pre-AP Math

Can you believe the kids are out of school? I can't believe another school year has flown by. I like to take this time to reflect on all the neat and amazing things my children have done over the past year. For those of you who know me well, knows that this takes me a little longer now that I have married the most amazing lady, Jane, since we have seven wonderful children between us. All of them did some absolutely amazing things, from Brandon surprising us all and joining the choir, or Josh qualifying for the top orchestra at his school, or Tyler able to do crazy math computations in his head, or Samuel getting perfect scores on his TAKS test, or Alex really learning to speak clearly this year (he's almost 3), or Matthew simple being brave enough to be born into the non-stop crazy, but fun family.
All that and so much more, but I really want to give a big shout out to Cierra this time because she did spectacular this year. Cierra was a part of every sports team at her school, a member of a quality recreational soccer team, and she was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this year. The reason this is amazing is that she
changed schools this year, and her new school was about a year ahead of where she was in Math. She was completely overwhelmed at first because everything her class was reviewing was completely new to her.

She wanted out of her Pre-AP Math class.

Cierra stayed in her math class, and worked very hard to catch up. She stuck with it, and she got help from her dad, mom, me, and Tyler of course. And over the course of the school year her grade kept going up. In the end, she did very well, and she was selected for the National Junior Honor Society.

In our minds this was a great accomplishment because she could have easily quit or accepted failure. Who would blame her because her new school was so far ahead of her old school? And, even with everything she was doing, she didn't quit. Instead, she excelled.

I look at this lesson from a 13 year old Pre-AP Math student, and realize we can all learn from this. We often face huge obstacles in our business that could cause us to quit or concede failure, but should we. HELL NO! We need to drive through it, get the help we need, and demand success. Even the biggest obstacles are rarely as big as we imagine them.

Way to go Josh, Tyler, Brandon, Samuel, Alex and Matthew. You were all awesome. Cierra, way to fight through your challenge and achieve success.

May you all find your successes,

The Coach