Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about coaching as a strategy for teaching. Coaches must not only help people develop goals and paths to their fulfillment, but they must identify and stir the passions in those they work with so that they perform at their technical and emotional best learning naturally every step of the way.
One of the things I love about coaching teachers, students and professionals about how to use digital media to educate, engage and inspire is that I get to think about passion a lot. I ask people, “What are you so passionate about that you just have to share your thoughts with others?” They think and then I say, “Now, start blogging/podcasting/filming about it!”
As Seth Godin writes in his recent book, “What Matter Now“:
When the economy tanks, its natural to think of yourself first. You have a family to feed a mortgage to pay. Getting more appears to be the order of business. It turns out that the connected economy doesn’t respect this natural instinct. Instead, we’re rewarded for being generous. Generous with our time and money but most important generous with our art. If you make a difference, people will gravitate to you. They want to engage, to interact, to get more involved.
In the digital world, the gift I give almost always benefits more than it costs.
If you make a difference, you also make a connection. You interact with people who want to be interacted with and you make changes that people respect and yearn for.
Art can’t happen without someone who seeks to make a difference. This is your art, it’s what you do. You touch people or projects and change them for the better.
This year, you’ll find that the more you give, the more you’ll get.
How are you helping your students, colleagues and friends share their passions and art in 2010? What passion projects have you come across that you can’t help but share?
From one curious blogger to you,
Founder, Bon Education