How asking for help can lead to an innovative mindset.
I cannot tell you how many times in my life I have asked for help. For some reason, we tend to feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness or reveals the infamous “imposter syndrome“….yes…it is a real thing….and by asking for help we feel we really have no clue what we are doing. Honestly, though, do any of us really know what we are doing? As a life-long learner, I ALWAYS want to be learning and never get to the point where I know exactly what I am doing. When we reach the point in our careers or even life for that matter, where we have everything figured out, then it is time for a change. If not, then that will lead to burnout and dissatisfaction. As the Director of Curriculum, Communication, and Innovation, I honestly feel that my role is always changing to meet the ever-changing needs of the educational landscape, which is super exciting because I know that I will never honestly have a full handle on what I am doing…and you know what? That is absolutely OK!
The moment we stop learning is the moment innovation dies. The moment we have it all figured out is when we stop learning. Do you have it all figured out? If so, then it is time to take some risks in your practice. Try something innovative that you would normally not try. For example, for the past three years, I have been producing vlogs as a way to communicate with stakeholders and anyone interested. They have evolved over time, and now I have rested on publishing two per week. Why do I vlog? Well, it is my way of reflecting both professionally and personally. I also truly believe that we must tell our own stories and practice genuine and authentic communication. I have traditionally stuck simply to vlogs, and having done them for three years, I am at the point where I am wanting to take some news risks myself, hence why my vlogs now blend deeper into my personal life.
LASTLY, over a year ago, I started this website after attending a George Courous conference with great ambitions to develop myself as an educational leader. Well, guess what….it has been vacant…..like legit…no updates for the whole year…even after paying for my super cool personalized domain name. I then revisited one of my all-time FAVORITE books for reinvigorating myself as an educator, The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros. Specifically, I really was brought back to life by the following passage:
“Mindset” is an important part of learning, but are we only open to learning, or are we looking to focus on what we can create with new learning?
So on a whim, feeling a need for some guidance, I reached out to George, and to my surprise, he answered! He was more than willing to help refocus my thoughts and to really think about communication as a form of contribution to those that we lead or work with. So after a super engaging and fun conversation, I decided to pick back up the blog…well, I guess actually start blogging for the first time.
Now, I plan to release a blog alongside my vlog every Tuesday and Friday. My goal is to provide the same but different content…if that makes any sense…Meaning if you watch the vlog, it will be connected to the blog…but if you read the blog…it will go deeper into the topics. So feel free to subscribe to the website and get the blog & vlog as soon as it is released, twice per week and remember, it is OK to ask for help because you never know who might answer 🙂