What gets you up in the morning?
Posted November 2, 2015on:
It is not coffee, even though I appreciate a good cup of Joe. My body seems to make the equivalent of its own caffeine.
The question was posed to me by a recruiter from a large, well-known company.
It is flattering that I am still approached to join universities or corporations in a full time capacity. It is also very tempting given the uncertainties of consultancy or freelancing. After all, why would I want to stay in a dinghy if I can board an ocean liner?
I have met fellow “sailors” who have been “ocean bound” for longer than I have. I still admire their bravery. I also value the time and space that consulting creates for me to do what I want and when I want.
Someone else I know phrased the question differently. What would you do for a dollar? Or what what would you in place of your consulting services? Both questions point to what drives me.
At the moment I describe myself in Twitter like this: I’m a child in an adult’s body wanting to show other adults how to educate with technology.
I want to keep doing this because I know many adults, be they teachers, instructors, or trainers, have forgotten what it is like to be a learner. They might teach, but their learners do not learn.
They might also teach in a way that is disconnected from the way today’s learner prefers to learn — with and from technology.
I retain that child-like ability to think and act like a learner. I am also an experienced teacher educator. As I can read both sets of minds, I have learnt to build technology-mediated bridges between the two.
That is what drives me because I know that is the difference I make. I am paid more than a dollar to do that and I would give up my consulting services if I could do more of that with a powerful partner.
But what gets them up in the morning? What would they do for a dollar?