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Vail Daily column: Enormous appreciation for those who teach

Michael Norton
Climbing to Success
Vail, CO Colorado

Every year around this time I allow myself to reminisce about my own school years and favorite teachers from many, many, many years ago.

I had some great teachers growing up in New Jersey, teachers who really knew how to communicate with me so I could understand the subject matter and get the most from the class. I am sure when I was in school I had an enormous appreciation for my teachers and just couldn’t wait to be in school. OK, maybe an enormous appreciation is perhaps just a little over-stated.

My children have been equally blessed to have had some fantastic teachers all throughout their education here in Colorado. And I am sure that just like I had, they have an incredible amount of appreciation for their teachers and love being in school. Maybe just a little over the top on the exaggeration bit now.

In all seriousness, I know that when we were all kids we did have our favorite teachers and our not-so-favorite teachers. Teachers we got along with and teachers who pushed us to the point of success or frustration. But looking back, it was really the teachers who did push us hard and tried their very best to truly teach us, getting the most out of us that did us the greatest good in life.

Isn’t that just like it is in our business world today? We have managers, coaches or mentors that we love to work with and are comfortable with, maybe too comfortable at times, maybe even just too easy on us. And then we have those managers, coaches and mentors who try and teach us, or push us to a higher level and just like our children, we complain or get frustrated with them instead of truly being grateful for their skills and gifts.

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As a kid, I know I was a handful for my teachers. As a younger or immature parent, I found myself protecting my children and finding fault with the teachers or the system instead of looking closer at where the problem was really coming from. And as a, well let’s just say a more mature adult, I can look back at all my levels of education as well as my growth in my professional career and say that I truly do have an enormous respect and appreciation for all of the teachers, coaches and mentors in my life and my children’s lives that have made a difference.

Life is a constant education and we need teachers at every stage of our life. And when I look back at where I was and where I am now, I can honestly say that I certainly do have an enormous appreciation for those who teach.

How about you, did you have a favorite teacher in school or business? I would love to hear all about it at and I hope it will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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