The Principal's Principles

A Middle School Principal, striving to make the world a better place, one day at a time.

Oakview’s 2014 Yearbook, the Principal’s Page Message

“Sometimes it just takes one.”

This line, taken from the children’s book One, by Kathryn Otoshi, illustrates the power of one person to make a big difference in the world. Standing up for someone, developing a new idea, or making a genuine effort to solve one of the world’s major problems requires creativity, character, and the courage to “color outside the lines.”

Many times, it’s easier to simply go along with what the majority of people seem to be doing. As one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin, writes “if you don’t stand up, you’ll never stand out.” Fitting in is easy and comfortable, however, very few great innovations or heroic moments that have changed lives have come from the safety of conformity.

My challenge to you goes beyond showing the creativity, character, and courage which is required to think differently and “color outside the lines.” It is also to use bright, bold markers and crayons when you are making a difference.

Stand up, and stand out.


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