In the past 2 weeks I have spoken to an estimated 10,000 educators all over my home State of Utah.
Had you told me when I was in 3rd Grade sitting in the hall in time-out because I had disrupted the class again, that 35 years later I would be speaking to teachers who probably would have also sent me to the hall, I would have looked at you sideways and made a really weird face.
In one of these sessions there was a chance for Q&A.
It was a question from a teacher who asked: “What is your higher education and university background which qualified you to speak to us today?”
My answer: “To be honest, I didn’t go to college as you can probably tell! And so this is just as ironic for me to be here as it may be for you to know that! But the truth is, that full-ride scholarship I mentioned before that I was offered to go to BYU for basketball, well, that ended up not being there after my 2-year mission to Brazil.
But, when we discover that which we are made to do, and can teach others how to discover it, such as through my ICM Process, then no amount of schooling can make up for knowing you are living your purpose and have Signature Moves which must be shared in order to keep Your Promise.”
Applause from the audience.
I also shared with one audience that I was finally held back in 9th grade, did 9th twice between Park City High and Waterford, and that school caught up with me as I couldn’t keep up. But that led to Mrs. Hall discovering me when singing in the hall, and all we really need is a Mrs. Hall to clarify our gifts, and mentor us to greatness.
If you are one of the many in education who has just joined The Promise Blog, whom I spoke to in the past few weeks, I wish you a wonderful school year as you lead the youth and leaders of tomorrow to their greatest heights.
I’ll be honest, it’s been tough for me even getting around to doing these events, and I’m so grateful we made it happen, even with great pain and difficulty, such as I shared in this blog post last week.
I might also add one other reminder that perhaps you caught between the lines as I spoke:
There’s usually a weird one in your classroom.
Please don’t discount, stifle, or squash that kid too quickly. Don’t give up on him.
That kid very well may not know how to channel his unique Signature Moves to improve your classroom, to unite your efforts, to partner with you in leadership;
That kid very well may not do well on any test, will struggle to keep up, and yet you can see there’s a spark that only you can ignite to the right direction;
That kid very well has a special Promise that you, and only you, can help develop, and perhaps someday you’ll be the example he will share with others when recounting that one teacher who saw something in him.
Maybe you’re that young student’s Mrs. Hall.
Remember, that one kid may, in 35 years, may be teaching future teachers about The Promise you lived, and then your teachings will become exponential, because YOU lived The Promise!
God Bless our Educators, and the many who teach, love, and have patience with our children.
Have a great school year my friends.
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
- Speaker Hall of Fame * Award-Winning Entertainer * Promise Legacy Project Coach
- World’s Only Keynote Speaker utilizing entertainment, musical impressions, and comedy to Create Legendary Leadership through the Power of Commitment
- Author of “The Promise To The One”