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Modern Learners on Transformative Principal

Today on the podcast, I have an interview with Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon of Modern Learners. It is a fantastic interview where they talk about Change.School and other great things that they are working on. 

We even go so far as to say that maybe all we need to teach is soft skills. 

Also, this week, I released a bunch of interviews that I did with kids at my school who are doing amazing things during our synergy block.

Finally, this week your opportunity for signing up for 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever closes. Speaking of modern learners, I really believe that this approach, where you go find your own "courses" to take is the future, and it is already here. If you're still on the fence, join a webinar right now!

If someone interviewed with me for a job, and they said they had taken Michael Hyatt's goal setting strategies to heart, there would be some things that I could assume about them:

  • They care about their own personal growth

  • They invest in themselves

  • They set and achieve goals that are meaningful to them

  • They are probably one of the best in their area

I can confidently assume all these things because I know Michael Hyatt's work. Even if I didn't know him, I would know all those things because that person participated in something that showed they had all the qualities. 

You have the chance to make 2019 better than ever, so join a webinar for 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever


Your Systems exist, but they probably stink.

This week, I am releasing an interview with John and Rachael George, a husband and wife principal power team. While they may currently be in different districts, they have been doing this for years, and have great insight about how to make things happen in schools.

As you can imagine, I loved the part where they talk about systems. They are so important. I encourage you to check out the podcast today and listen to their 3 step process for helping schools.

Because the systems are in place, that allows great things to happen. Have you taken the LifeScore Assessment yet? With the LifeScore Assessment, you can figure out which part of your life needs work, and then create a system around it to make it even better. Let me tell you briefly about one area where that has done wonders for me.

I used to stay up late every Saturday night editing my podcast. It was awful. I started to dread it. After taking the LifeScore Assessment before it was fancy like it is now, I realized that my podcast was dragging me down because of the Saturday night editing session.

Once I figured out the pain point, I created a system to make it happen better. Here's the nerdy system I use:

  1. Guest schedules in calendly.
  2. Calendly tells Trello when the schedule is (where I track my system)
  3. Guest gets an email to fill out address so I can send a thank you card
  4. Interview happens, I write a thank you card and record intros and outtros if needed, and move the card in Trello - This is the only part of the system I really touch now.
  5. My AMAZING editor Željko edits the interview and updates the card in Trello
  6. My good friend Lydia uploads the podcast to Libsyn.
  7. Simple Podcast Press automatically publishes the podcast to my web site

This system didn't create itself, but sometimes systems do create themselves. I created this system to help me be more successful at what I was creating.

You have a system in your school. It's either good, bad, or ugly, but it is there. You just might not have documented it yet.

The 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever is a system designed to help you "win at work and succeed in life." The LifeScore Assessment is the first step. Go take it!


Time to start thinking about goals

Actually, I think about goals all the time.

I set goals, and I work hard to achieve them.

For me, setting and achieving goals is powerful.

But not all goals are created equal.

When I was about 21, I had a few goals that I wanted to accomplish in my 20s. By the time I was 30, I wanted to buy a home, make $75K a year, be a principal, pay off all my student loan debt, and be done having kids.

I achieved all of those (except student loans, which were a couple months after that and that included my wife's student loans, too).

It was incredible.

I have set many goals that were important to someone else, but not to me.

Goals aren't motivating when they are someone else's goals. We need to set our own goals for us to be motivated by them.

I'm really excited for Michael Hyatt's 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever event which is coming out in a couple weeks. This has been a really powerful tool for me the last four years, and I am excited to use it help me become even better.

In fact, I'm so excited I became an affiliate to help Michael sell them, and I would be pushing it just as hard if he weren't paying me a dime!