Leaders inspire passion. When I looked to Webster’s online dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary) to define these three powerful words, this is what I found.
Leadership: a position as a leader of a group or organization; the time when a person holds the position of leader.
Passion: to make (someone) want to do something; to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create.
Inspire: to cause (something) to happen or be created; to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion).
These three ideas come together to provide a common language that will enable you to guide your teams as literacy leaders in your communities. As you meet as local boards in the next few weeks to design your year, discuss what you are all passionate about. Find your common ground and set goals for your council that will inspire each other and your community.
As you begin planning this year, don’t let fear stop you from trying something new. Reach out to other groups with similar missions in your community and create something big together. Be inspired by Rockingham County’s Reading Bug or Greater Cabarrus’ Dr. Seuss Mall events. How can you engage your community in literacy? I know you have ideas that have been waiting for the right time. Let the right time be this year!
Dave Kerpen has a great online article, Why Passion Matters, According to 15 of the Worlds’ Most Inspiring People. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/02/inspiring-quotes-passion_n_5077853.html
“Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, and happiness, and excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to, and in experiencing work and life the fullest extent possible. Ultimately, passion is the driving force behind success and happiness that allows us all to live better lives.”
I like his top two inspirational quotes and I hope you find and cultivate your passion within your leadership and your council members.
1. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
2. “There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
Let the right time be this year!
Danna Knight, State Coordinator