A friend of mine is a college professor, and the college where he works asked each teacher to write his or her  mission statement. My friend asked me what I thought his is. 

His mission as a teacher, I said, was to see his students succeed in their goals and be what they dreamed and more. He wants to see young women engage as often and confidently as young men. He wants his students to build a strong foundation for the medical careers they are pursuing.

I was very proud of this assessment and asked him what he thought. He replied,
“This is what I turned in:

My mission as a professor is to
encourage my students

I read it and smiled.

My friend is right. 

All the knowledge, confidence, and boldness in the world can only take you so far…


You believe in the possibilities.