TITLE: Waiting on the World to Change
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: May 27, 2007 4:54 PM
me and all my friends
I'm glad to know that Mr. Mayer and his friends care about the
world they live in, but I'd like to suggest a different strategy
The world changes when people change it.
If you are a software developer waiting for a better working
environment, where you feel confident moving forward and have
fun delivering value to your customer: Write a test.
Do the simplest thing that will make it pass. Refactor.
Then do it again.
If you are an instructor waiting for a better classroom
environment, where your students are engaged and you have
fun working with them on the material they are learning:
Pick one session of one class you teach. Eliminate the
slides on any topic. Replace them with an interactive
exercise. Try it in class, and make the exercise better
based on the feedback.
If you are like any of us waiting for better health, for a
life in which you wake up ready for the day and feel better
throughout: Go for a walk. If you are already
walking, throw in a block of jogging. If you are already
jogging, throw in a little pick-up where you push your
limits for 50 or 100m.
This isn't magic. The world will probably push back. Your
tools may not support you; students may resist leaving their
cocoon; your body will probably be a little sore tomorrow
morning. Changes aren't usually care free. So stick with
it through the initial resistance. That's the closest thing
to magic there is.
Look for other people who are trying to change their worlds.
Talk to them. You'll learn from them, and they'll learn from
Make that change.
we're all misunderstood
they say we stand for nothing and
there's no way we ever could
now we see everything that's going wrong
with the world and those who lead it
we just feel like we don't have the means
to rise above and beat it
so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change