As a teacher, my California peers sometimes would scoff when they heard that I only had 25 kids in my classroom.“In each class, I bet you have at least one or two kids that drive you crazy,” I’d ask. “Who can’t sit in their seat? Who you send to the office almost every day?” “Yes,” they’d respond. “Well, I have 25 of them!”
Many of those I taught had criminal records, got caught with drugs, carried a weapon to school and/or belonged to a gang — or wanted to. Thanks to the success we shared in the classroom, I received awards and great praise.
Above all, many turned their lives around.
Yesterday, I was finally able to give thanks to the person who contributed greatly to my success with these At-Risk kids.
No, he wasn’t a fellow educator or administrator; a pastor or a priest. Nor did he offer any words of wisdom or advice.
He was just a guy who loved Christian music; who gave me a CD with a very special song. So special, I listened to it almost everyday before and after work to remind me of my mission with these kids.
That’s Corporation YOU! That’s how simple the “Business Plan for the Soul” works: When you help someone else grow, YOU grow.
For every student I was able to reach, he grew. Today, he is an extremely successful businessman. All this success, I believe, came because he burnt me a CD with this very special song.
Listen, learn and grow!
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.