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I’ve been reading, thinking about, and re-reading Meg Wheatley’s latest book, So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World.  The reflections have helped me to better understand what’s happening in the world and in my worldview.

Meg tested several of the book’s lessons for “warriors of the human spirit” at a Bay Area Coaches summit in fall 2011. One of them was about we should be cautious of being driven by hope because we hope for the best out of fear of something worse. Those of us working to save the world, be warned. Her advice: Just do the work because that’s what you’re here to do.

My reflections on this thought took me to a low point with the introduction to data from Gallup. Kids drop out of school because they lose hope to graduate. This comes from Jim Clifton, Chairman of Gallup, in his book, The Coming Jobs Wars. If you believe Meg’s assertion that hope has its dark side of fear, then maybe that’s why hopeless evolves to fearless, why our dropouts are filling prisons.

Education can’t face this alone, but it’s a foundational element of this very systemic dilemma. But Clifton believes K-12 is where we develop the entrepreneurs that will create future jobs; where we must figure out to restore hope and channel fearlessness into passion.

That’s good work. And I’m very grateful to be connected to so many people getting it done, many of them in leadership positions where we really need them. Just the thought of them renews me and inspires me to keep doing the work.

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