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Don't Be Complicit

I'm enjoying winter break. It's given me time to catch up with friends and family and plenty of time to read. One of my bosses and I have been working through Tim Ferris' newest, Tools of Titans. By no means do I ever want to start a business, but I find the three-to-four page entries easily digestible and enlightening. What Ferris has done here is distill his interviews with so many successful people into small write-ups. I'm only halfway through, but I've found my to-read list growing at a high rate, and many quotes force me to stop and think.

During the chapter with Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote, Tim Ferris shares this advice from Jerry Colonna: "How are you complicit in creating the conditions you say you don't want?"

I'm very fortunate to work in a building with supportive colleagues and bosses, but I think of this quotation and how applicable it is to so many people that I know, especially those in education. Find ways to take a stand. Find ways to make real and lasting change. Things don't always have to be the way they are.

I still have to finish reading for some leadership professional development that I'm participating in this school year. This quote is one that I am definitely saving.


  1. Kevin, thanks for this quick post. Your quote reminds me of Rick Wormeli, when he came to our district - "To what degree will you allow your colleagues to keep doing what they're doing, even if you think it is not right?" My thoughts, reactions, and plans for moving forward from that are here:


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