If I told you that Snoopy (yes, that Snoopy), was the main reason for the success I found in my adult life, you might turn your head aside, flap your eyelids in disbelief, and say a sarcastic “right.” Huh. “
But this is true.
I’ve run multiple businesses, written and published a few books, been on air as a television broadcaster, won awards for my work in many different fields, and helped countless people reach their goals by bringing their values to the world. helped to accomplish. And it’s all thanks to Snoopy.
Let me explain
From kindergarten to third grade, I was a Montessori child. If you are not familiar with the Montessori approach, education philosophy focuses on independence and self-learning. looking back it was a Great Fit for me and served me well. What I learned during that experience not only helped shape me into the person I am today, but continue to serve me as I run my own business and help others find their confidence. I learn self-reliance, and the ability to communicate effectively with others.
The sheets were the key.
Every Monday, when I went to my class, I would head to the bin that contained our calendar of assignments for the week. I would pull mine from the pile, sit down, and see what I had to accomplish that week. Each topic had a title, and the individual assignments for each subject were listed below.
As a kid, my main motivator for getting everything done on my sheet every week was the Snoopy stickers I found. After completing each task, you’ll need to choose a sticker that the teacher will add to your sheet so that the assignment can be checked. Among the stickers available, Snoopy was always at the forefront for me. It was something so small that made me so big week after week. However, I realized (looking back) that those Snoopy sticker-covered sheets taught me three invaluable lessons that, to this day, are a part of how successful I am.
1. I get to choose when to work.
Once I had the sheet in hand, I had to decide what my workload would look like for that week. I could lean in and do everything on Monday, I could stretch things and do a little bit every day, or I could wait until Friday and work under pressure.
My responsibilities, my choices and my consequences were up to me.
I was tasked with figuring out how I worked best. It also taught me that, by the time I did it, nothing was Wrong with How I did it. Think about this past year and a half and how many people have discovered that they are actually more calm and more productive when they can work remotely or at certain times of the day when they are more focused, have more energy, Or are in an environment that is relaxed, while others have learned that they really like and need the structure and routine of going to work. Different people, different ways. There is no right or wrong, just effective.
Learning how to work best for you is the key to success.
“Look up, that’s the secret of life.” – snoopy
2. I could ask for help if needed.
There were times throughout the day when I had my own time and other times when I met with teachers or classmates for a specific assignment, group project, or test. But I had access to a teacher if I needed or wanted a teacher. It taught me that asking for help is not only acceptable, but encouraged. It moves you faster when you ask and learn from the answers you get.
Asking for help is the key to success.
3. Teachers were not the only ones to turn to for help.
With multiple grades in one place (another Montessori thing), I could turn to peers, older kids, or even be a teacher to anyone else who needed help. The “hierarchy” as seen in the more traditional classroom was not there.
What that taught me was that things like age and “seniority” don’t automatically make you better or better at anything. What made you better or better at gathering information, trying things out, learning from the results, and identifying what works and what needs to be adjusted. You don’t need to know all this; You need to know how to take advantage of the collective intelligence in the room.
Understanding that everyone knows something you don’t know, and that you know things others don’t, is the key to success.
The experience of those early years of my education taught me how to imbibe the qualities of a leader. While I didn’t realize it at the time (we never do), looking back, I’m not sure I would have been the person I am today had I not been exposed to those few years of divergent thinking .
For this I am forever grateful.