Some of the core concepts I am working on in articulating the great value of a St. Gregory education include the following: that we engage students so effectively that they become greatly immersed in and rewarded by the learning they are doing; that we teach the Seven Survival Skills that Wager advocates, one of them being Initiative; and that we educate especially well for innovation– that our students learn to be creative, independent-minded, and inventive.
But I am always seeking, like the physicists, a Grand Unified Theory for all this. So it was fun for me this morning to read in Seth Godin‘s book Tribes the following:
Look around. You’ll see that the marketplace rewards innovation: things that are fresh, stylish, remarkable and new…The fastest-growing churches are the newest ones. The best-selling books are always the surprise hits that come out of nowhere [not sure this example is accurate]… Products and services like these require initiative to produce. You can’t manage your way to initiative. Interesting side effect: creating products and services that are remarkable is fun. Doing work that’s fun is engaging. So not surprisingly, making things that are successful is a great way to spend your time. There you go: initiative=happiness.