I love hockey – watching and playing. In fact, I’m playing a game tonight after my beloved Canucks get knocked out of the playoffs. Oops! Did I say that? I really hope they don’t, but it’s not looking so good.
My hockey hero growing up was Wayne Gretsky. He had this amazing ability to suddenly appear in the right place, just as the puck was getting there. It was uncanny! It happened over and over and he would be left all alone in front of the net making goalies look rather skinny and slow. When asked about it, he gave the best hockey quote ever: “Skate to where the puck is headed, not to where it’s been.”
That’s a good statement for life and work, too. I find I fight the urge to rest on my laurels. The whole education world is great at looking back – not so great at looking forward. Too often I hear about Registrars being unhelpful because they’re interested in protecting what is, not helping create what could be.
Are you skating to where the puck is headed or where it’s been?