A Special Teacher
Years ago a John Hopkin's professor gave a group of graduate students this assignment: Go to the slums. Take 200 boys, between the ages of 12 and 16, and investigate their background and environment. Then predict their chances for the future.
The students, after consulting social statistics, talking to the boys, and compiling much data, concluded that 90 percent of the boys would spend some time in jail.
Twenty-five years later another group of graduate students was given the job of testing the prediction. They went back to the same area. Some of the boys - by then men - were still there, a few had died, some had moved away, but they got in touch with 180 of the original 200. They found that only four of the group had ever been sent to jail.
Why was it that these men, who had lived in a breeding place of crime, had such a surprisingly good record? The researchers were continually told: "Well, there was a teacher..."
They pressed further, and found that in 75 percent of the cases it was the same woman. The researchers went to this teacher, now living in a home for retired teachers. How had she exerted this remarkable influence over that group of children? Could she give them any reason why these boys should have remembered her?
"No," she said, "no I really couldn't." And then, thinking back over the years, she said musingly, more to herself than to her questioners: "I loved those boys..."
Inspirational Messages (Quotes)
Failures can be divided into those who thought and never did, and those who did an never thought
Far and away the best price that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing
For of sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest of these; it might have been
John Greenleaf Whittier
Forgiveness is our command. Judgment is not
C. Neil Strait
Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently
William A. Ward
Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.
General Douglas MacArthur
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
What you do has far greater impact than what you say.
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