I spoke to them about how important it is to show perseverance in everything they do; that having talent or ability is not everything and that determination and continuous practice will lead to success. I started off with a quotation from Michael Jordan, one of the most successful basketball players of all time, who said:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
I asked the students not to be afraid of failure as it is something we all experience. We should view it as a learning process just as Michael Jordan did in his career. I then went on to speak about a book I had read some years ago called ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell. The author talks about the many factors that lead to success. In the book, he highlights many examples of how people became successful and I referred to two of them in my assembly - The Beatles and Bill Gates. One of the key factors behind the book’s ideas is the need to practice and work hard: talent will only get you so far.
I also talked about a favourite American Football player whom I admire – Tom Brady. When he moved from college football to the professional ranks not many people rated him highly and he was the 199th player drafted that year. Now, at 40 years old he is still playing at the very highest level and has won 5 Super Bowls - more than any other player. A real story about a person who did not have the greatest athletic attributes at a young age but, through hard work and perseverance, achieved outstanding success.
All of the above of course, relate to a key word in our Aide Memoire – Perseverance and, as I indicated last week, our students will need to show this time and time again, not only in school life but in adulthood as well. As Sir Winston Churchill once said in a speech to students at his old school, Harrow:
‘Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.’
I am pleased to share the following link with you which contains a welcome message from Andrew Fitzmaurice who is CEO of Nord Anglia Education. In the message Andrew shares with us the successes on NAE Schools and his hopes for the year ahead:
I am looking forward to the BBGV Fun Run on Sunday and intend to demonstrate some perseverance as I, hopefully, complete the 3 km run. We have a great turn out from the BIS community and it should be a wonderful event.
I would like to wish you all a peaceful and restful weekend.
Anthony Rowlands, Principal