Show Your Pride
on MAR. / 23 / 2011 | 0 comments
by Jeremy M. Talbott
When I was around ten years old, I remember getting ready to go over to my friend’s house for a sleepover. I quickly grabbed a shirt off my floor, which looked to be the site of a tornado gone wild, some muddy jeans and pretty much did not even brush my hair that day. Your typical ten-year-old boy stuff. As I was running out the door, I felt the cold hand of reason grabbing me from behind; my mom. She quickly turned me around and told me that before I was going anywhere, my room had to be clean and I needed to change my clothes and brush my hair. With a heavy sigh, and an attitude of “What’s the big deal?,” I reluctantly did so.
As I began my march back to the bedroom, I heard some words that, at the time, did not really mean much to me, but now I stress in my everyday life: “Have some pride in your appearance and surroundings. They tell more about you than you think.”
Now usually when I write this column, I do my best to take lessons that I have learned in the school and apply them to everyday life situations. However, this month I wanted to change things up a bit and apply an everyday life situation to school. I briefly address school owners here because for the most part they do have pride in the school and its appearance. So let us just briefly touch up on the main question; when you look around your school at the beginning of the day, can you honestly say, this school screams professionalism? Does the place look, feel and smell clean or does it have the look of a ten-year-old boy’s room as mentioned earlier? If professional is not the adjective you can use, then you need to change some habits. Make a chore list that you have to check off each day so you know things are getting done. Perhaps once every three months, have a G.I. Party. This is where you get all the students together and just clean the heck out of the school from top to bottom. Remember, the first impression a prospective student has is when they first step into the school.
As for the students, I would bet that not many of them will take the same pride as the owner. This is not to say that they do not like their school, but when it comes down to it, you will not find many of them volunteering to take out the trash or clean the bathrooms. But there are other ways that they can show some pride. Simple things like picking up trash that they see on the floor, or making sure they are well-groomed when they come into the class. Even if they are on the floor training, but not in full uniform, are they wearing some sort of school t-shirt? What are their attitudes on the mat while no class is going on? Do they train or do they goof around. Again, when a prospective student walks through the door, what does your students’ behavior say?
I know all of this is just common sense and probably sounds nit picky, but sometimes the most basic rules of success get overlooked. If you have guests come to your home, do you want them to see dirty dishes or laundry out everywhere? Of course not, so why would you not hold that same pride towards your school?