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Part I: You Can’t Read
“You can’t read,” said my second-grade teacher Mrs. Names, “and you do not know your alphabet.” Even as a second grader, I knew this was a problem.
Mrs. Names had asked me to stay in at recess to talk. The truth is, it wasn’t unusual for me to be asked to stay after class, but this time was different. After the room cleared out and the noise of my excited classmates retreated down the hall, I remained at my desk as Mrs. Names took up a chair next to me.
She looked at me seriously for a moment, then told me bluntly that I was falling far behind. She told me that since I didn’t know the alphabet, I had little hope of reading alongside my classmates. But Mrs. Names also told me that, if I were willing to stay in for recess each day to practice with her, I could catch up with the class.
Part II: Books, Growth and Success
I remember initially being embarrassed, but a part of me was glad that an adult wanted to spend time with me. Looking back, I see she was making a bigger sacrifice than I realized—she was giving up some of her rare free time to make a difference for one child. I have never been a second-grade teacher, but I am fairly certain that recess was invented by one of them to escape second-grade boys.
For months Mrs. Names taught me, and I improved gradually. Eventually, we were able to read whole books together during recess. This continued until one day my mom showed up in my classroom and told me to gather my belongings—we had to move again.
I was devastated. In only second grade, this would be school number seven for me. But before I left the room, Mrs. Names squatted down, looked me in the eye, and whispered, “You are a reader. Read everything you can, as much as you can, and one day you will go to college.” What an amazing gift to give a child.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!