For the love of…

“The kind of commitment I find among the best performers across virtually every field is a single-minded passion for what they do, an unwavering desire for excellence in the way they think and the way they work. Genuine confidence is what launches you out of bed in the morning, and through your day with a spring in your step.”

 – Jim Collins

By sheer coincidence, I came across this quote by Jim Collins just after I spotted his bestseller ‘Good to Great’ on a school leader’s bookshelf.

Passion.

What is it?

I googled the etymology of the word and found several websites by people who well, are passionate about this sort of thing. Most made reference to Christ’s suffering on the cross or to suffering in general. You don’t have to look too far to see the close link between passion and suffering.

The strips of kinesio tape that adorned the bodies of Olympic athletes in the recent Games bear testament to the hidden suffering under the smiles and medals. Stories of how artists have suffered physically and mentally for their craft strike a familiar chord.

Yet how does this notion of ‘suffering for one’s craft’ translate to the teaching profession?

Should it?

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