“Knowing your why...can ultimately change how you see the world, your decisions, behaviors, and emotions.”

Simon Sinek is the author of a number of books, one of his most famous being “Start with Why,” a sequel to “Find Your Why.” In this book he encourages both individuals and companies to think about not just the ‘what’ and ‘how’ but also and most importantly the ‘why.’

I already posted the statement below to the community on our Covid-19 page, but feel that it is such an important paradigm shift that I wanted to talk about it a little bit more. The Movement Control Order is inconvenient and creates challenges and problems for all of us. It is not easy for anyone and it could be a very discouraging and frustrating situation for various reasons.

In his book, Sinek talks about knowing your why and that it can ultimately change how you see the world, your decisions, behaviors, and emotions. As a parent being woken up in the middle of the night by a crying baby is not necessarily easy, but the parent knows their “why.” Athletes when they are training will push themselves physically in dramatic ways and it is not easy, but they know their “why.” A small business owner will make huge sacrifices in many areas of life, but when they are doing it they know their “why.”

The MCO that we are currently under is not easy. But if we remember the why it can be a paradigm shift and can change our perspective, decisions, behaviors, and even our emotions. Those that are most vulnerable to Covid-19 right now need us to do all that we can to protect them and that is not easy, but they are our “why.”

Have as good mid-semester break and enjoy it as much as you can.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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