Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
~ George Shaw
In proportion to my most current experience with the education systems of the Carolina’s, understanding student learning across all grade levels, and most of all working alongside those we feel possess the capacity to instill educational foundations to youth; I cannot help but notice the “lack.”
“The lack” is a descriptive term educators use interchangeably with disconnected parenting, behavioral moderation, gap in summer learning, decreasing population of unmotivated students, and the disparity of qualified and passionate instructors for all students. Below the picture describes a perfect scenario of lack. Capacity or ability in many ways is said to determine success. When given the standard test to be compared to the next student, the next advisor, next associate, next college graduate, next candidate, or next applicant, how does one separate their capacity to succeed from the “lack.”
By no means could I give a definite answer, but what I do possess is a suggestion. I suggest that for all of us, young professionals, students, parents, advisors, and trusted friends not to succumb to thinking that capacity or ability alone will open the glass doors of success. I have very close gentlemen who are more qualified in areas, intelligent, and even willing to put in more hours than the others who are merely planted in positions they could flourish in. Capacity and success do relate, but more than immediate family, these two are more cousins in theory. Capacity and/or ability relies heavily on self-efficacy, intrinsic reward, and faith; all aspects that go uncompensated. Success relies heavily on knowledge, time, and experience.
As for mentioned, my post are based on “Aspiring to Inspire”, therefore what practices, habits, and life experiences would begin to bridge the gap or fill “the lack” of today?
~ Cory K. Bennett