I love my current occupation as a professional benefit auctioneer. But like many hard working professionals, I often reflect back to my previous occupation and think to myself, “If it wasn’t for the lessons I’ve learned during that job I would not be as successful in my current job.”
What’s ironic about that statement is my previous profession was that of a teacher – and a coach. For 16 years I taught high school – and yes – I assigned plenty of homework. But I did it with a smile on my face and with passion in my soul knowing that a little hard work on the students part would make them more productive citizens once they tossed their graduation caps into the air and continued life’s wonderful journey away from these hallowed halls.
And during those 16 years I took an old teacher’s adage to heart, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care!” There must be something to those 14 words. I was fortunate enough to win many awards recognizing me as an outstanding teacher.
Today, most of us shutter at the thought of homework. I would bet many of you have nightmares on occasion about a homework assignment you didn’t complete – or lost on your way to school.
As for me, I love it. And I have homework assignments every day – every week of the year.
That’s because, as a fundraising auctioneer, I really get involved with the charity or organization I am going to represent. After all, how can I stand in front of – or in many cases intermingle closely with their guests and donors – if I know very little about the charity and its cause?
So now I have a new adage. “No one knows how much you care until they know how much you know about their good work.”
To me, homework is everything. It’s the foundation of what I do. In fact, I really don’t care for the word “work” in homework. I find it enjoyable and rewarding. And it is a critical component to not only my success – but to the charity’s success as well.
Ahh Homework! I think I’ll get back at it right after I put the period at the end of this sentence.
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