Another great story from Dan Spainhour’s collection of stories in his book, Leading Narratives. You can learn more about Dan and subscribe to his journal, The Coaching & Leadership Journal, at LeadershipPublishingTeam.com. If you use the code Marotta20, you can save 20% on the annual subscription.
I love this story for so many reasons. It goes for us leaders and educators, and so many lessons for students. Each “point” (pun intended) is so true. Tell these stories, as they can be so impactful and touching to your audience. #KeepRollin everyone and stay safe.
A long time ago a master pencil maker was preparing to put a very important pencil into this beautiful handcrafted box but before doing so he took the pencil aside to give it some words of encouragement. He said, “Listen pencil, there are five things that you really need to know. If you can remember these five things you’re going to become the best damn pencil that you can possibly be. You are going to have a huge impact on the world.”
“First,” he said, “You’ll be able to do lots of great things but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone else’s hands.”
“Second,” he said, “Sharpening is going to be very painful but it’s vital if you want to become a great pencil.”
“Third,” he said, “Because you have an eraser, you’ll be able to correct most of your mistakes but honestly, there are going to be some mistakes that are going to be harder to erase than others.”
“Four, you may or may not look on the outside like you’re a great pencil but remember it’s what’s on the inside that’s most important. In fact, it’s the inside of you that’s the most important of all.”
“Fifth, whatever surface it is that you write on, whether it’s soft or hard, rough or not, you’ve got to leave your mark so just keep on writing.”
In order to make your mark, and positive impact on the lives of others, follow the attributes of a pencil.
Quote: “A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.”
– Joyce Meyer