Taking authentic risks through embracing the uncomfortable

We hear a lot about the word risk. For someone who has taken my fair share and have blogged, tweeted and embraced the experiences I find so much value in such. Risks are great but they have to be authentic. Taking a small step outside of your comfort zone isn’t a risk. It’s an extremely calculated safe hop – not a leap, nor a risk. Period. Sometimes the two are conflicted. There is clear contrast.  https://brendanfetters.com/2017/03/25/walking-the-talk-taking-leaps-of-faith-to-achieve-personal-and-professional-growth/

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We also hear a lot about Kids Deserve It. While I love this phrase along with Adam Welcome and Todd Nesloney’s message what I love most is how authentic their work is. Want to talk about risk? Todd lives and breathes it. Just take 15 minutes and embrace his TedX talk if you want proof. He fully believed in those parents in that school with a school community that some do not truly believe in – lets face it. (Uncomfortable reality) Powerful. Why a risk? So much had never been done. Was there inital pushback? You bet. Why did it work? He believed in his work for starters but most of all he believed in his school community.

Why else was this successful? He took a risk and embraced the uncomfortable. So many that talk about risk are doing such superficially because they have no desire to embrace the uncomfortable. What do I mean? —>https://brendanfetters.com/2017/04/29/the-power-of-personal-growth-in-exploration-of-the-uncomfortable/

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Want to talk about Kids Deserve It? They certainly do — and it’s our life’s work, right? Kids first – always. However, as much as everything rises and falls on leadership as Dr. Maxwell always says it also rises and sets on both authentic risks through embracing of the uncomfortable. After all, Kids Deserve It.

4 thoughts on “Taking authentic risks through embracing the uncomfortable

  1. BrendanFetters says:

    My pleasure, sir! I wanted to build upon my past posts about risk and embracing the uncomfortable. Your TedX talk gave me the perfect framework to do such – thank you! I look forward to connecting at ISTE in a few weeks! 🙂 KOKO. -Brendan

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  2. Wyndy Crozier says:

    As one of two administrators moved to a not-so-successful elementary school with an 88% F&R rate, I really understand what you are saying. Fortunately, I was blessed to be moved with another very hard working and intelligent administrator who is passionate about kids, but we truly feel that we are an island. That is the hardest part. So I am reaching out to seek other leaders who are undergoing the same work to find things that work with this unique population. Any suggestions are very welcome.

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