“People don’t believe what you tell them.

  • They rarely believe what you show them.
  • They often believe what their friends tell them.
  • They always believe what that they tell themselves.
What leaders do: they give people stories they can tell themselves. Stories about the future and about change.”
– Seth Godin from the book Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

What a brilliant poem, at least I read it as a poem.

This was an interesting book that I wanted to read because I want to be a leader in education. I want to inspire my students. I want to charge up the community. And I want to make a difference.

The book doesn’t tell us how to be a leader in any specific kind of way, but it does let us know that it’s possible and it’s something we can start doing. Right now.

I’m sure Seth won’t mind me sharing this small portion of his book either, especially since he writes this on the last page. . .

One Last Thing

May I ask a favor?

If you got anything out of this book, if you highlighted or circles or Post-it-ed, I’m hoping you’ll do something for me:

Give this copy to someone else.

Ask them to read it. Beg them to make a choice about leadership.

We need them. We need you.

Spread the word.


Well, Seth, I can’t pass this book on to anyone in a direct way since I borrowed it from the library, but I can encourage people to seek it out and read it as well. That’s the power of a blog post.

Thanks for a nice read and a great bit of inspiration!

Want to see what else I’ve read this year?