No Zombies: Stop Going Through the Motions and Live Life

Although when Theodore Roosevelt made his famous speech talking about “cold and timid souls” at the Sorbonne, I don’t think zombies were much discussed in pop culture.

We have too many zombies nowadays-

  • In schools, some are students but others are undead teachers. Teachers who aren’t retired but their practice isn’t alive either. They’re not working on making things better and improving.
  • Undead students who play video games all night and sleep in class all day.
  • Undead parents who would rather look at Facebook than pay attention to their child who needs help with their homework.
  • In businesses, some are employees who see a mess and wait for someone else to clean it up.
  • But sometimes they are zombie managers who complain about the work ethic of their employees while golfing every afternoon at two.

The undead are everywhere.

“I'm ready to retire” Or “I’m too old to change.” Are the battle cry of the complacent.

I promise one thing. If you’re waiting for a school or business or organization to change until you retire, people will applaud when you do.

A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you’re never going anywhere until you change it.

Then there are also zombies who insist they already know and do everything and have nothing to learn.

Be alive! Innovate. Create.

Make a difference.

Learn something new.

Have conversations.

Laugh at something.

Turn off the TV. Turn off the cell phone. Play a board game.

Turn off the electronic devices in the car and talk about history or the history of music. Have a conversation. Relate to the people you're related to.

I wonder how many people will reach the end of their lives and wonder if they really were alive?

This post is day 51 of 80 days of excellence. I've created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

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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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