Since living here in Thailand, teachers have said: I’m black, too loud, too funny, not strict enough, too much charisma, gets all the work, brown noses, shouldn’t be a teacher, can’t write, bad at presenting. In addition to that, students have said: we want a white teacher, we want a handsome teacher, you’re too funny, we want to go page-by-page, we want that 150 year old traditional style teaching whereas a teacher writes a bunch of shenanigans on the board and we copy it.
Is this part of leadership? Well, just know in every field of human endeavour, you’re going to get that white light of publicity. When you start doing good and start making a name for yourself, the envy will be there waiting for you. The reward of the publicity and recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction. It could become a target for the envious few or envious many. When you do something mediocre, they’ll leave you alone. When you achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a-wagging.
You’re never going to get the “seal of genius” stamp in what you do. I’ve had people who said my writing was appalling; conversely, my college professors would give me straight A’s on my papers. The one who said I couldn’t write to save my life never majored in English….get the drift? There are parasites and bacteria out there that are trying to find a way to harvest anywhere on your body…and I’m not speaking literally. The comments and negative opinions of others are just that….parasites and bacteria.
The Penalty of Leadership is monstrous. The moment I created a curriculum that enabled others to get a lot more work, there wasn’t a ‘thank you’ anywhere in the vicinity. The pessimism grew even larger because the fact and matter is that my image is being created in a way that will alter the trajectory of colored people worldwide. If you’re not ready to strap on your helmet and barrel through the cynicism, criticism, haughty and antagonists, I suggest you stick to the 9-5 job.
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