D is for Determination: I value determination, persistence, resilience and all the the other nouns that mean toughing things out until you get through. I often find myself frustrated with people due the their lack of determination. So I ask you, how do we build determination, resilience, persistence, toughing it out, stick to it-ness in our students?
E is for Enthusiasm: A great quote I read recently says that "enthusiasm is a form of social courage" I really like this quote, because it highlights that being enthusiastic is not always easy. I believe that enthusiasm is a choice, and that you can not see the glass half full, unless you choose to. Being enthusiastic is a lot more fun when others are enthusiastic around you. I also notice this enthusiasm in the leaders I admire, they remain enthusiastic regardless, and they collect enthusiastic people around them to increase the momentum and reach of their enthusiasm. So I am reminding myself, to be enthusiastic, as often as possible and then some more.