Finding Your Swagger

The great Dr. Will Deyamport III runs #beyouEDU. This month’s subject is swagger. In his video he defines swagger as your essence and what you bring to the table. This is a great topic for me because my swagger was a little shaken earlier this month. I started to question myself and my use of social media. I need this blog post to remind me of where my swagger comes from.

My swagger comes from the undying faith that I will be able to achieve whatever goal I set for myself. I will learn what I need to learn, do what I need to do, go where I need to go in order to accomplish my aim. My swagger comes from my life’s experiences in school and sports. I succeeded because I was willing to work hard and learn. My swagger comes from two parents who loved and supported me in any endeavor I was willing to entertain. My swagger comes from accomplishing what I wanted time and time again. My swagger comes from learning that don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. My swagger comes from finding someone that loves and supports me. I bring my swagger with me in all walks of life.

Why did I think I was able to raise children? I had never changed a diaper before. I didn’t know the first thing about newborns or infants. I relied on my ability to get things done. I had undying faith in myself. I would conquer being a parent. Swagger.

Another goal of mine was to become a teacher. What makes me think that students should listen to what I have to say? Why am I the best person chosen to teach physical education and health? I am the finest person because I care about my students and my job enough to keep improving. I won’t settle for being good when I can continue to chase great. Swagger.

I earned my master’s degree in administration. I want to lead a school made up of leaders. What makes me think that I am good enough to help great people do their jobs? My undying faith that I will do whatever it takes to succeed in whatever job or position that I hold. The knowledge that I will read as many books or articles about leadership and improve my ability to lead. What makes me want to attain a position I have no experience in yet? Swagger.

When I walk into a room I know that I will be able to contribute to the conversation in some way shape or form. I know this because I read everything and anything I can constantly. I know this because I am socially aware enough to realize what to say and when to say it. I realize this because I am smart enough to ask questions when I need clarification without worrying about how I will be perceived by others in the room. At least one other person had the same question in their head but might not have had the confidence to ask it for fear of being looked down upon. Swagger.

If you read my Twitter bio it says I will change the world. How do I have the cojones to think that I will change the world? Because I don’t aim small. It is not enough to be a parent. I want to be the best parent I can be. It is not enough to be a teacher. I want to be the best teacher I can be. It is not enough to be an administrator. I want to be the best administrator I can be. It is not enough to live. I want to change the world I live in. Swagger.

Q1: Where did you get your swagger from? #slowchatpe

Q2: Did anything ever shake your swagger? What was it? #slowchatpe

Q3: How do we allow our ss to find their swagger? #slowchatpe

Q4: Does your swagger help or hurt you? #slowchatpe

Q5: Who do you know in education has the most swagger? #slowchatpe


2 thoughts on “Finding Your Swagger

  1. andy vasily (@andyvasily)

    S-Steady belief in yourself and your abilities
    W-Willingness to commit yourself to something you are passionate about
    A-Always ready to take initiative and action to reach your goals
    G-Giving of yourself, your resources, your time, your effort
    E-Educating yourself, learning as much as you can about the world you live in
    R-Reaching for the stars!

    Nice post Justin. My thoughts on SWAGGER!



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