Podcaster and teacher Joe Ferraro strives to become a little bit wiser and a little bit better each and every day. This week, he shares tips on seeing the big picture and working diligently and consistently to reach your goals. It comes down to intentionality, transparency, and commitment.

As a teacher, Ferraro only gets 40 minutes a day with his kids. It’s important to him to make each of those 40 minutes count. Part of teaching others is helping them build an investment in the time you have together. If they can feel your passion for the work and see your commitment to them and their time, you can earn their interest. Then, Ferraro says, even though they may not have a choice to be there physically, they can make the choice to be there mentally. And that kind of environment is one in which both teacher and student can learn and improve, one step at a time. It’s a lesson that transcends the classroom; working with others takes commitment and earned trust to reach its full potential.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Live with intentionality
  • Improve mindset, language, and behavior every day
  • Develop a big picture mindset
  • Involve kids in your processes so they learn by doing
  • Show students you are passionate and committed

Quotes:

“Can we go to bed just a little bit wiser, a little bit smarter, a little bit better than we were the day before?” -Joe Ferraro

“Even though those kids don’t have a choice to be there, they certainly have a choice to be there mentally, to be there totally present. And what I want to do is from the moment I meet them in the classroom, I want them to know that it’s going to be worth it.” -Joe Ferraro

“It has to be a blend between the value that you’re delivering and the entertainment quality. I go into education very clear-eyed with this. I’m not there to entertain them; I’m there to teach them. But I am not afraid to tell you that I’m trying to entertain them, as well.” -Joe Ferraro

“I work my way to the big picture through the details that others might have overlooked.” -Joe Ferraro

“I do live my life with intentionality, to try to be specifically different when it makes sense.” -Joe Ferraro

Contact:

You can follow Joe Ferraro and his work online at OnePercentBetterProject.com. That’s also where you can find links and information about his One Percent Better podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter @FerraroOnAir. He is currently reading the book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein.