Daily Archives: February 3, 2010

a mission worth …

Creating a creed that defines the set of rules you desire to live by.  It is almost a mission statement.   Marva Collins the headmaster at the Westminster Prep in Chicago wrote this one at her school.  From the book “Marva Collins way” by Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin.

‘Society will draw a circle that shuts me out, but my superior thoughts will draw me in.  I was born to win if I do not spend too much time trying to fail.  I will ignore the tags and names given me to by society since only what I have the ability to become.

Failure is just as easy to combat as success is to obtain.  Education is painful and not gained by playing games.  Yet it is my privilege to destroy myself if that is what I choose to do.  I have the right to fail, but I do not have the right to take other people with me.  God made me the captain of only one life – my own.

It is my right to care nothing about myself, but I must be willing to accept the consequences for that failure and I must never think that those who have chosen to work, while I played, rested, and slept, will share their bounties with me.

My success and my education can be companions that no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, and no enemy can alienate.   Without education man is a slave,  a savage wandering from here to there believing whatever he is told.

Time and chance come to us all.  I can be either hesitant or courageous.  I can swiftly stand up and shout:  “This is my time and my place.  I will accept the challenge.”’


What would your creed say if you had one?