Chapter 1

“What moment from your childhood has shaped what you think is important?”

When I was younger and even up to this day, I rarely ever remember my parents simply telling me I did a good a job. They always made sure that, even when they were proud of me, to tell me “you can do better.”

Although it seems harsh, it instilled in me the idea that you can always give more than 100%. That no matter how much effort you put into something, there is always room for improvement. Nothing is ever perfect, and simply being good enough, shouldn’t be good enough for anybody. If everyone were to do the bare minimum or what seems to be enough at the time, progress would come to a standstill, with everyone lacking the motivation to make anything better.

It also gave me the support of their belief in me. Throughout my youth and teenage years, if I hadn’t had someone who believed in my potential, who knew they could always push me to achieve more, I don’t think I would have gotten this far. To have someone believe in you is an amazing force.

So although I do always take pride in what I have done, I also use it as a stepping stone to continue doing more and to continue to build on my experiences and achievements. There is no limit to what one can achieve: “you can do better,” may have been the way my parents phrased it, but no matter how you say it, we all have great potential within us that we don’t even realize sometimes, yet it is imperative that we don’t neglect that fact and that we keep improving upon ourselves for our own betterment and the betterment of the world as well.

What moment from your childhood has shaped what you think is important within education?

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