Wednesday, October 03, 2012

In the Arena


In my mind, one of the greatest songs REM ever recorded.
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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt

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I've run into the above quote a lot recently.

Along with the notions that
  • Success is built on failure
  • Hope is a function of struggle
  • Sometimes the bravest thing to do is to just show up.
I don't know if anyone else is sensing this - but we are in the midst of some major changes in the corporate learning space and in the way we need to think about things.

I'm seeing bits and pieces in the conversations surrounding mobility, performance support, analytics, informal learning etc.

The big flashing message I'm seeing locally is "Your system is broken!!!!"

The realization that everything I have been doing since getting my Instructional Technology degree in 2003 doesn't quite work anymore is more than a little unnerving.

Losing one's "religion" is a tricky thing..


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