Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Impossible is nothing!

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." John Maxwell
People constantly tell me that things are impossible. They tell me that you can't get every child to read by the time they are eight. That you can't get every young person the equivalent of 5 good GCSEs by the time they are sixteen. That every school in the country can't be a great school. That you can't create great teams with the current people. However, we all know that success doesn't come in can'ts... it comes in cans. Lou Tice and Neil Straker from The Pacific Institute taught me that we simply need to change the culture and get people to believe; to believe in themselves and to believe in their children and young people and their colleagues. The next person who tells you it's impossible with these children, these young people, these families or these colleagues, tell them straight back that if you believe anything is possible and that achieving the impossible is nothing. We have the toolkits, we have the strategies and it doesn't require Academisation or Free Schools to release the magic... just persistence, determination and hard work!

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