Tuesday, 22 October 2013


“You can program yourself to be positive. Being Positive is a discipline … and the more adversity you face, the more positive you have to be.  Being positive helps build confidence and self-esteem”
Rick Pitino, University of Louisville Head Basketball Coach

It's funny in a world dominated by Key Stage tests, SATs, GCSEs, AS and A2 examinations it is easy to forget what we have achieved together over the years. Whatever the critics, the sceptics and the rabblerousers throw at those of us working to make a difference, for children and young people who need us most, we should always remember that we have achieved some brilliant things.... and always remember when it comes to judging your successes and failures...

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
Theodore Roosevelt

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