Blog #6 – SETTING MY SIGHTS ON THE FUTURE

For most of my life I have been called a dreamer. The main reason is that I am always setting my sights on the future. Everything that I do is influenced by what I want for my future. I know that a lot of people focus on one day at a time. I respect those people, but what motivates me is the future. I know that the future is not guaranteed for anyone. Looking toward the future has required that I develop a plan for success. This plan includes many things. It encompasses what I want to be able to do professionally and personally.

Professionally, I have devoted most of my life developing better ways of teaching mathematics concepts and faster ways of solving mathematics problems. As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that I have an obligation to share what I know with as many people as possible. My knowledge can be useful for teachers, parents, and students. Thus, I have been working diligently at writing instructional mathematics workbooks. I want these to be helpful for generations to come. What I do today, is helping insure that my knowledge and experiences can continue helping others in the future.

Personally, I am so grateful for my wife, children, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, family members and friends. Although I love the work that I do, I love family and friends more. Since the birth of my first grandchild, I have wondered how the materials that I have developed will be useful to my grandchildren. I am now more committed to developing better ways to teach mathematical concepts and faster ways of solving mathematics problems so that I can write more instructional mathematics workbooks that will positively impact mathematics in general and my grandchildren in particular.

Thus, setting my sights on the future is directly tied to helping as many people as I can. I really am not focused on my legacy; rather I am focused on following my dreams that began when I was six years old. At that time, I decided to become a teacher and set my sights on becoming the best teacher that I could be. That was about sixty years ago. At that time, it was the beginning of my life as a dreamer. As I look back at my life I am happy about what I have accomplished. Yet, I feel there is still so more that I can do. I will continue dreaming. I will continue writing. I will continue helping people.

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