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Teacher and CEO

By: Shammi.

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

To stress his point he said to another guest; “You’re a teacher, Barbara. Be honest. What do you make?”

Barbara, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, and then began…)

“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents CAN’T make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make? (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)

I make kids wonder. I make them question. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions. I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding ISNโ€™T EVERYTHING. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in mathโ€™s. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity. I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life (Barbara paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn’t everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant.

You want to know what I make? – I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped, he went silent.


Even all your personal teachers like mothers, fathers, brothers, Sisters, COACHES, AND OTHERS.

Life is not all about how much money you can make, but how much effort you can make to improve people’s lives and our planet as well.

A profound answer!!!

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Shammi
    January 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  2. January 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    @ Shammi – Thank you for sending it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. pinky
    January 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

    nice one…

  4. Amisha
    January 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    We all know teachers are doing great job but the way this blog explain hats of to all teachers of the world

  5. anil_bhan24@yahoo.co.in
    January 3, 2011 at 6:11 am

    This is fact.. what a teacher does with kids life? Nice one

  6. anil_bhan24@yahoo.co.in
    January 3, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Nice one.. I feel teachers shape life of kids in the similar fashion.

  7. January 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

    @ Pinky, Amisha & Anil – Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. nik
    January 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    S fact nice1….

  9. January 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm


  10. January 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    @ Nik and Johnny – Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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