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Dr. Troy P. Roddy

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What Speaks Louder Than Actions?

The saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words." However, students are asked to "do" plenty of things. If all students are "doing", then how does one differentiate herself from the others. If one wants to be better, have a more satisfying experience, or achieve greater success, what else needs to happen beyond taking action?

The answer is in how the action is taken. In what manner is the "doing" getting done? If everyone is doing the same assignment, how does yours stand out from the rest?

There are two ways.

One, is to take no ownership or pride in your work. Turn in the absolute minimum and show as little effort as possible. Sure, you may not like the results, but at least the work will probably stand out from the others. The worst effort is usually remembered (but for all the wrong reasons).

The other way is to commit yourself to a minimum standard of effort that is a symbol of your desire to get better. An excellent piece of work rarely goes unnoticed. However, it is important to remember that the standard of excellence is not perfection. Having all the right answers does not guarantee that it will stand out.

Students seeking a better overall school experience find opportunities to demonstrate their commitment to producing an educated body of work that:
  • is neatly done.
  • is on time.
  • demonstrates pride, ownership, and effort.
  • is creative.
  • honors the spirit of the assignment.
Actions may speak louder than words, but what speaks louder than actions?

Actions that are worth remembering, sharing, and honor your commitment to growth are the loudest actions of all.