Will you settle or amplify?
A Michael Crawford cartoon shows two people standing at the altar on their wedding day. They look at each other and say, “You’ll do!”
“You’ll do?”—“This’ll do?”—“I’ll do?”
And they settle. And we settle. For what?
Sometimes this happens as we view who we are today. We can let ourselves get confused with who we were yesterday. A connection exists—and there is so much more if we have continued to amplify and plus our lives.
For instance, I facilitate a webinar tomorrow for college faculty and administrators about online resources supporting student wellbeing, growth, and resilience. When the program description posted online, the bio of my was from three years ago. It reflected, based on my experiences, who I was then. A great description but it did not, in my opinion, convey who I am now, who I had become based on where I’d been, where I am, and where I plan to journey.
I did not want to represent who I am by marketing who I was. (We changed the bio.)
Thirty three years of teaching informed who I had become but not who I am. I often tell people that I have not retired but, rather, I have repurposed. The people, experiences, and places since the date of my “repurposement” have amplified who I am. And that reminds me that I need to continue to look for ways to amplify and plus those I have contact with as well as myself.
How will you continue to amplify yourself, your skills, talents, good deeds, resilience, and the communities that depend on you?
Will you amplify or settle?
Video recommendation for the week:
Listen to what amplification means for Pixar.
Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.
My new book has been released.
eBook ($2.99) Paperback ($9.99). Click here.
Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit.
Well, actually, my dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story.
Click here for more information about the book.
In the meantime, check out her blog. (She writes better than I do.)
And you can still order:
- My book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
- Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I conducted (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network®.
You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
©2020. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®