Session 5.1: Bozoma Saint John #1
You should always be working to better yourself, even if you’re in the spotlight where your mistakes are out there for everyone to see. The spotlight is an opportunity to always put your best foot forward, says Bozoma, but it shouldn’t deter you from evolving and stepping outside of your comfort zone.
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10/12/2020 09:50:39 am
We are told time and time again that we must learn from our mistakes and that they are what help us grow, but we still allow the fear of making a mistake keep us from stepping out of our comfort zones. It is easy to say that mistakes are good and that they are the key to being successful, but being willing to make mistakes is something that we always have in the back of our minds.
10/13/2020 04:39:31 pm
I am always looking for new ways to engage my students. Part of my job is to come up with new ideas and put them in action, and of course they do not always work. It's discouraging when you spend a lot of time working on a project that I feel is a great idea, only for it to not be utilized like I had thought it would. I use these projects as learning experiences. I can look at what worked, and what didn't, and use that when looking for the next idea. For example, I created a page on Sharepoint for students to access information, forms, etc. Students were rarely using this site and many stated they did not know how to get to it. Once the college adopted a new system for housing classes, I was able to set up a class in there that I could move all of that information to. This made it more accessible to students and it is working much better now. Using suggestions from students, I've been able to make changes to create a platform that students find useful and are using on a daily basis.
10/13/2020 08:59:49 pm
In the past, I have been fearful of failure-- often on an irrational level. I would either make hasty decisions in which I had not considered all the options, or be so overwhelmed to the point where I would take no action at all. After seeing that I was struggling, a mentor of mine told me that when I mess up, the person paying the most attention is me. Although this is a simple, silly piece of advice, it has brought me much comfort in knowing that I am my harshest critic and that I am most valuable to my peers and my team when I am pushing myself to be successful in the long term, regardless of what the outcome is in the short term. With time, I have learned to be more comfortable with failure because it is a virtually guaranteed step in creating the life I want for myself and others. Keeping this goal in mind helps me validate my mistakes and, whenever I do run into failure, I keep my head up in knowing that failure is no longer a road block, but a speed bump on the path to success.
10/14/2020 12:04:19 am
One "failure" that led to something better which I have experienced is an injury I had from late 2016 to early 2017. In Fall 2016, I started noticing that, when I performed a baton twirling move called an illusion, my hip started hurting. An orthopedic doctor confirmed a serious growth plate injury. I was very upset when I learned I would not be able to return to compete for at least 6 months. However, during the time that I was injured I did all the exercises that the therapists assigned me and practiced what I could without hurting myself further. By the next year, I was basically back to full health and even stronger than before. That summer, I was able to overcome all the obstacles that had previously stood in my way and won a national title at the America's Youth On Parade baton competition. My story shows how "failure" can really just be a stepping stone to success.
10/14/2020 09:00:21 am
Failure is inevitable, particularly if you are being innovative. You cannot be scared of failure because some of the best successes come out of what is learned from failure. The ability to recognize and accept failure and constructive criticism is integral to an individual's and organization's success.
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