Tomorrow marks week three of the fall semester and I’m back to teaching five classes along with publishing Florida Trail Riders magazine. It’s been a long summer of yoga, cycling, running on the beach and trying to finish my novel, and I was anxious to get back to work inside the classroom and help inspire a future generation of journalists. I received an email from a former student who is now “trying to survive” at UCF “keeping in mind” her “main goal of becoming a reporter.”
Thanks to my “devoted teaching,” she said she found out what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She even thanked me for being hard on deadlines, writing: “Your class was the most challenging class I have taken, yet your class is undoubtedly the one I have had the most fun and happiness. “
She went on to write: “It’s crazy how after your class, I know how to report because you really covered everything that is there to know about journalism,” she wrote. “Now (it’s) a matter of learning grammar and perfecting what you taught me. “
The best part was, after writing back to her and telling her about my busy schedule, she remembered something I said in class: “I’m taking with me that you said something like… the more tasks, the more you can do.”
This is probably one of the most important pieces of advice I can give the students: “The more you do, the more you can do.”
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu
Seeing as how this Sunday is the first Enduro of the 2013-2014 race season and I haven’t even ridden my dirt bike through the Florida sugar sand in months, I figured today was a good day for some seat time at the Croom OHV park in Brooksville. Sure, I’ve been training legs along with running, cycling and yoga all summer, but what condition are my hands in? Will I be able to hang on for the 60+ mile race this Sunday?
Even so, I’m looking forward to racing Lochloosa for the first time on a piece of property that I have only spectated before.
To be continued.
Are you living up to your incredible heritage as a human? Are you getting fresh air and some semblance of sunlight everyday? Are you moving frequently at a slow pace? Are you lifting heavy things? Do you have a community, a tribe, even a small but loyal one?
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For the individual or small organization, all the social networks provide you with a fork in the road. Either you can work around the edges, spamming your way to more followers and more noise, figuring out how to make some sort of make-believe metric increase as a result of your efforts. Or, you can use these networks as a new form of 1:1 interaction, making promises and keeping them. This second path means that your followers are actually followers and that your friends are closer than ever to becoming friends.
Going forward, the organizations to bet on are the ones with a tribe, with a direct connection. If it’s easy to get your Kickstarter funded, if it’s easier to get your email opened, then you’ve built something, something that lasts.
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