Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 01-06-2010
I love reading Seth Godin’s blog… he always has inspirational things to say and make you think. One of his recent posts was about the different “voices” we have in our heads.
The ego–seeks applause and recognition.
The lizard–seeks safety, wants to fit in and not be rejected or criticized.
The artist–wants to be generous, creative and make positive change with impact.
The boxer–wants to poke and be poked, seeks revenge and ultimately victory.
The zombie–wants to turn off and be entertained.
The carpenter–seeks to do useful work, and finish it well.
The philanthropist–wants to help, anonymously.
The evangelist–wants to spread an idea.
And the hunter–wants to successfully track and bring down a target.
My mind has been pulled in what seems like a thousand directions lately, and I thought maybe I was just scatterbrained. (Which I am, but that’s another story! ) But looking at it this way makes more sense, and makes me feel a little more normal! These various agendas are at work in our minds every day, and also in our STUDENTS’ minds. We have to find ways to satiate the Zombie while still engaging the Carpenter. Maybe through meeting the needs of the Artist and the Ego this can be accomplished.
My goal this summer (and in the future) is to resist the urge to be a Zombie, because that’s too easy. I also want to resist the urge to allow my students to be Zombies. That’s only one of the many needs that they need met. They just don’t realize it yet.