This is the only Ted Talk I’ve ever watched which has reduced me to tears.
This is the only Ted Talk I’ve watched which has not only achieved a standing ovation but has had the audience crying through-out, waving their arms above their heads in rapturous applause at the end.
This is a Ted Talk featuring one of life’s life-changers – who shakes the world upside down and knocks bucket loads of sense, love and hope into those who need it most.
This insanely talented orator is Linda Cliatt-Wayma - and she may inspire you to change your life.
What’s So Inspiring About This Woman?
Powerful – heartfelt – transformative, Linda Cliatt-Wayma embodies everything a true leader should be and more – passionate, strong, hopeful, loving – transforming one of the most dangerous, low-income schools in the USA from a place laden with bullets and bullying to a home where every child feels loved, believed in, hopeful.
The most powerful example I’ve come across on how education can truly change lives, here are some of her inspired pearls of wisdom that we can harness to live more inspired lives.
1. “SO WHAT; NOW WHAT?”
Her philosophy is an awesome call to action, shifting energy from victimisation and hopelessness to empowerment and change. All because she knows “what it feels like” to feel poor, sidelined, hopeless.
Remember this slogan next time you feel down-cast and hopeless, wee Gazer. Pick yourself up, find the next step and move forward.
2. HARNESS YOUR TRANSFORMATIVE ABILITIES
Our struggles are often the seat of our inspiration. Linda’s own struggles – her own disadvantages – the terrible poverty of her youth is what propel her power as a headmistress. She harnesses her personal experiences to astounding effect over her students, merging consistent expectations and discipline with unconditional love which sees her telling them at the end of every announcement, “If nobody told you they loved you today, you remember I do, and I always will.”
Harness what your struggles have taught you, wee Gazer and transform your life or someone else’s. They are the foundations of your inner masterpiece and the root for positive change.
And finally, from the woman with a will of steel and a heart of gold, learn to listen a little bit more. Holding monthly town hall meetings to listen to her students’ concerns, she credits listening with helping to clear up misconceptions, to deal with rebellion and to harness ‘teachable moments’.
Listen a little bit longer today, wee Gazer and see how this enhances your relationships.
Watch the full video here and be inspired.