Don’t give up! Keep trying! The encouragement video for you!

Whatever your beliefs, you should see this video. It is a message to all of you leaders out there who are reading this blog.

At the end the coach says:

“You are the most influential player on this team, if you walk around defeated, so will they.”

Don't give up. Don't quit. It may seem insurmountable but you must continue to press forward to innovate and improve things. I needed this video today!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Downes October 17, 2007 - 2:44 pm

Hm. I identify with the coach. ;)

John Maklary October 17, 2007 - 3:35 pm

Wow! great inspiration Vicki. Thanks for sending it. It’s been needed this week as I’ve been in a corner.

Christopher D. Sessums October 17, 2007 - 4:11 pm

When I was in the Army I ran across a a special pin with a motto of the Green Berets that read: It’s not easy being green.
It’s not easy being human, that’s for sure. I know that coach; he’s hollering at me all the time. Well, maybe encouraging might be a better term. Freud might refer to him as the superego trying to keep a balance between my ego and my wanton id.
Either way you look at it, it sure is important to recognize our need for encouragement in the face of the toxic culture you refer to.
I often struggle with wanting to try to change the toxicity level vs. changing myself. I think it takes a combination of both and a collective of people who can also make shift(s) happen.
Fun video!

Vicki A. Davis October 17, 2007 - 2:49 pm


I could see that! I definitely feel like the guy doing the death crawl. It is so discouraging sometimes… just unbelievable.

We need all of the encouragement we can get as teachers. It is “that ” time of year when we give out report cards and when those of us who push our kids get a lot of grief about being “too hard.”

And yet, I was confirmed the other day when I had a parent stop me whose child is in college and said “thanks for being tough.”

I need to hear “don’t quit” a thousand times b/c I often think it (as do the other teachers I know.)

We live in a society pretty toxic to teachers. Although I love what I’m doing, right now I need as many coaches yelling at me as possible — keep going. Don’t quit.

Scott S. Floyd October 17, 2007 - 6:53 pm

I hung out for a few days with the actor who did the death crawl, as well as the actor who played Mr. Bridges in the movie. If you think they are inspirational in the movie, you need to see them in person. My son was bummed for days after “Brock” left the house to fly home.

Thanks for the video, Vicki. No matter how many times I watch that movie, it still chokes me up.

Melanie Holtsman October 18, 2007 - 12:07 am

Just watched this video before going to bed and now I have all of this motivation and energy. I want to go out an conquer something. Oh well, it will have to wait for tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration.

Erin Frasco October 18, 2007 - 12:29 am

Wow! What a powerful video. The coach says, “Don’t quit till you’ve got nothing left. Give me your very best.” These quotes are very powerful and can make one strive to achieve what they are looking to achieve. Not only would these be good to show students in a classroom, but also athletes on a team. Once I become a teacher I also want to coach cheerleading. If my team was having a rough season I would definitely show them this video to raise spirits and to make them keep pushing themselves to be the best. This video is applicable even if a student is not an athlete. Everyone can appreciate the message this video gives, a message of not giving up.

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