People in the Game
"People in the game always get criticized by people in the stands." -- Jon Acuff
When you decide to become a teacher, or a coach, or a leader in any capacity, you decide to take on the responsibility of making big decisions. Those decisions impact a lot of people. And some of those people will not be happy with the decisions you make.
But those people are basing their unhappiness with the limited information they have about your decisions. It's easy to second-guess how someone else leads when you're watching from the stands. Because when you're in the stands, you can't see what's happening behind the scenes.
It's easy to question a coach when you can't see what's happening in the dugout. It's easy to question a teacher when you can't see what's happening in the classroom every day. It's easy to question the boss when you can't see all the data they're looking at.
But when you're brave enough to put yourself in the game, whether it be to become a teacher, coach, or boss, you're putting yourself in position to be criticized. And it takes a special person to subject themselves to criticism.
So the next time you think about criticizing the decisions of someone else, think first about putting yourself in the game.
Make it a great day!