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Persistence

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Today, I had a breakthrough. I’d been fighting with a core piece of our technology for – well, let’s just say a long time. A very long time.

It was frustrating. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t functioning like I had designed it. When it worked, it worked great – but when it didn’t – well, it didn’t. There was no rhyme or reason. I couldn’t reproduce the issue in development – and debugging an issue on a live environment is not wise.

But, today – that all changed. I had a breakthrough. I thought about something in a different way. I pushed myself to start thinking outside the box – and persistence paid off. 

My dad is a wise man. He has taught me several things that I’ve found very useful in life. Things like “Don’t tell Mom.” Or, “There’s always a way to find a solution to a problem.” Or, “Be wise enough to ask for help.” But, he also taught me (and I teach my girls this same lesson) – “If you’re not in a hurry, don’t be in a hurry.”

Perhaps It’s taken me so long to get to the solution because I haven’t slowed down enough to not be in a hurry. I don’t know. But, finally, persistence paid off.

ion is better for it. I’m grateful for these lessons – I want to continually grow – not only in my technical ability, my people skills, but my own understanding of myself as a person. I’m not done growing yet. 

I also want to – as a parent with children who struggle in thier schools – say “Thank You” for being persistent with the kids in your classrooms and districts. Your persistence is crucial to their future. You know this – but you probably don’t get thanked enough. Being in education is tough right now. But, you persist. 

Why? 

Well, you can answer that. 

Thank you for all you do.

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