Schools column: Success can take many formsLast week I had the pleasure and honor of attending high school graduation ceremonies for Denfeld and East High Schools and for our Unity/ALC programs.
By: Bill Gronseth, For the Budgeteer News
Last week I had the pleasure and honor of attending high school graduation ceremonies for Denfeld and East High Schools and for our Unity/ALC programs.
This is an important milestone for our students, marking the end of childhood and the beginning of a new chapter in their adult lives.
These young people no doubt spent a lot of time thinking about their future. Their families and those who love them have likely shared hopes and dreams for their futures as well. As a parent I understand that. Like most, I want so much for my children — I want them to have a good life and be happy. I want them to be successful.
It’s important for us to remember that success can take many forms — as many as there are people in the world. It could be “making bank,” holding office, having a family, travelling to the ends of the earth, bettering the community, fighting injustice, building a home, helping a friend, and growing intellectually, spiritually. As writer Maya Angelou said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Success requires an ability to be strong and to persevere. Winston Churchill defined success as “walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Everybody goes through difficult and challenging times. It’s said that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.
When times are tough, you can be a naysayer, borrowing trouble and focused on what’s wrong — or you can look for solutions, be courageous, perhaps even maintain a sense of humor, and stay focused on your goals.
Goals can be a tangible measurement of success — and can pave the way to achievement of our dreams. Last week our students marked achieving a very big goal. They did it by setting and accomplishing many smaller ones — read this chapter, do this paper, study this playbook, practice this music.
Now, they’re in the enviable and exciting position of setting life-goals for themselves, and I hope they’ll dream big — think about what excites them and moves them, think about what they can do that would give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment — find their passion, seek out ways to serve others and never give up on creating their own personal brand of success.
Our graduates can be very proud of all they have accomplished, and we are very proud of them as well.
Thank you to everyone to helped them achieve their goals.
Bill Gronseth is the superintendent of Duluth Public Schools. Contact him at (218)336-8752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.