Friday, January 04, 2008

Thought for the Day 1-4-08

This quote was read at my School Accountability Committee meeting at my daughter's school. It's from the book The Backdoor to Enlightenment: Eight Steps to Living Your Dreams and Changing Your World and was apparently featured in Oprah's magazine.

For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it. For every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will ever wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in line in front of a locked building, only one will ever come around and check the back door. Our progress as a species rests squarely on the shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are satisfied with things they are told are valuable. Person 10 determines for himself what has value.
Makes me think of Will. I think he's peering in my back door right now . . .


  1. Hi Karl
    Just read your post. I have read a ton of blog posts today and this thoughtful piece was by far and away the most motivational.

    I do look forward to reading your posts during 2008.

  2. I'm really inspired by you Karl. Thanks for your blog posts. I agree with John - this is a very motivational quote which I intend to place in my office and read often.
    Jenny Luca.

  3. Wow! That's high praise. Much appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

    Thanks, Karl.



  4. Karl,

    What a great quote!

    Makes you realize how important that school leaders honor and support that tenth person.