Schools are like oil tankers. Do bear with me. They’re like oil tankers because they move forward ever so slowly and take an age to change course. Inertia, you see, is a very powerful force indeed. A million noes preventing a change of direction. Because noes are safe. If in doubt, go without, they say.
A yes, however, is a game-changer. Every yes carries a risk but it also brings with it hopeful promises and potential rewards. Every yes is a new possibility, a different future. A single yes can keep us going in the face of constant refusal and feeds our ingenuity. A yes fosters a sense of belonging to the school that employs us. Just one yes is all it takes.
Every school needs more yeses and fewer noes. So challenge yourself to say yes more often. Change course, say yes.