As I consider the condition of our country and American education, it is becoming more and more obvious that we need some pioneers. A pioneer is someone who sees potential, an innovator who is willing to try new things. Pioneers see possibilities and are willing to take paths that have not been previously traversed.

Grace Murray Hopper was such a pioneer. A computer scientist, mathematician, and United States Navy rear admiral, Grace was a pioneer of computer programming and one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer. Her pioneering spirit is reflected in the following quote.

We need more pioneers who think like Grace. It’s so easy to fall into the rut of doing things the way we have always done them. I frequently hear people expressing a desire to have the pandemic end so we can get back to normal. Yes, there are some things that were normal to which we want to return. But there are also some normal things from the past that are blocking our progress and development.

Following is another quote of Grace’s that we have used in our training.

Yes, our schools and classrooms need to be safe ports, but they also need to be wide-open oceans where students can explore and discover all sorts of wonderful and amazing things. If they only do what we have already done, they will never become pioneers.

How are the conditions of your personal or professional lives calling you to be a pioneer? How are they calling you to try new things and take new paths?

From our Top 20 team…Willow, Kevin, and Tom…who offer a pioneer’s spirit.

Paul Bernabei, Director
Top 20 Training