Hidden in the bottom of that iceberg are Habits of Mind, the research on grit, the 10 000 hours of practice, Michael Jordan's failure, my favourite no (a great math warm up routine if you haven't seen it) and lots of other wisdom and research pointing to how to be successful. But I've realized that I don't do a good job flipping that iceberg and making those factors and character traits visible. When I asked a few people what the duck quote below meant, they said it meant "Don't let people see how hard you're working." While I agree with the "Stay calm" part, I realize that if the quote means hide your effort that is the opposite of what I need to do. In the past, when I worked really hard on something and eventually met with success because I'd put in crazy hours, and battled through failures, and restarted multiple times and given up other opportunities in order to pursue what I was working on, I'd just shrug my shoulders and smile and let people believe I was just lucky or naturally talented. I actually don't HAVE any natural talents - but I've got lots of mental calluses and blisters. My New Year's Resolution is to Flip the Iceberg; to let students and colleagues see my sweat, and to talk about the steps that lead to my success. Don't worry. I'm not going to turn into a whiney baby, but I am going to make my process a lot more transparent. My motto for 2016 is Flip the Iceberg.
What do you do to flip the iceberg? How do you model your process? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks Sylvia Duckworth as always for the inspirational sketch and to whomever tweeted it out.