Three Things I Learned from Bill Cosby

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Three Things I Learned From Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is one of my favorite celebrities.  I grew up on the Cosby Show and still watch reruns of it today.  One quality I admire is his willingness to speak to what he believes in even when he knows it will be unpopular.

Three Things I Learned from Bill Cosby

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. -Bill Cosby 

The "want you more than you fear it" thinking has been behind almost every single one of my achievements.  I wanted to talk to the girl more than I cared about looking like a fool - so I did.  The pace of society is not such that time for thought and reflection is encouraged.  Slow down and think.  What do you really want to do more than you are afraid of?

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -Bill Cosby 

 When I first started teaching I always went for the path of least resistance trying to please everybody.  About eight years into it I realized that I really wasn't doing what was best for kids unless it ended up making someone unhappy.  This doesn't mean I spend each day looking for ways to tick people off.  I just work to develop enough courage so a decision can be made simply because it's a good decision, and not because it might upset someone.

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children. -Bill Cosby 

 I am the proud daughter of two amazing little girls.  One is four and the other will turn one in a few days.  To this minute, I have never experienced such drain and absolute joy.  Parenthood is by far the most fulfilling job I have ever done.  I am tested each day.  Many days I fail.  It's like a roller coaster, WILD, and when you are done you want to get right back on it.

 Life is chocked full of what you focus on.  We all have at least three great lessons to teach.  What are yours?

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