Last week I was smitten by the picture and words of a young boy who viewed his Principal as the person who has influenced his life the most. For me, it resonated like a volcano because of how one particular teacher continues to add clarity to my thoughts and actions even as gray begins its hostile takeover my beard.
Today’s NY Times article, A Boy Praises the Principal of His Brooklyn School, and a Fund-Raising Campaign Takes Off, continues the story and details the impact on people touched by the message, particularly from the standpoint of social fundraising.
Of course, it’s only a matter of time before the 15 minutes of social fame window closes and the Principal is back to influencing by herself. This isn’t me being cynical – I’m just recognizing the transience of social enthusiasm. It’s not bad nor good – it’s simply how much of society has been technologically conned into believing that multitasking is life. Next task!
I’ll write it again: For all the irrational exuberance behind technology startups that young entrepreneurs and VCs believe will disrupt and magically produce millionaires and billionaires (a wee bit of dripping sarcasm here), keep in mind that real disruption is called love and it only takes place one person at a time.
So wake up, smell the coffee, and really speak with the person next to you (sorry but texting doesn’t count).