I didn’t enjoy physics in high school. But I did enjoy the teacher.
Going to a small school gave a very definite sense of community. Most of the students knew each other. Most of the teachers could call the majority of students by name – even when that particular student was never in their class. And most of the teachers were very real and had quite enjoyable personalities.
My physics teacher was actually a football coach. I never played on the football team. I loved the sport and I still do. However, in the spring of 1973, I broke both of my thumbs during the football tryouts. Note – I did not break one thumb in one incident, and then the other thumb in a later incident during that week.
I broke both thumbs at exactly the same time. That takes talent.
The result was that I went back to being in the band. The reason was simple – I never broke any of my bones in the band. Oh sure… there was that nasty incident in the late 70s where the trombone player accidentally ran into the guitarist – but fortunately, it was only a Fender bender. (A joke that only a guitarist will get.)
Meanwhile, back in physics class.
Coach Akins seemed to be able to make the class quite entertaining. I enjoyed it because of that.
One of the few things I remember from physics is Sir Isaac Newton’s 1st law of physics.[lightbox link=”https://jeffcwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/newtons-laws.jpg” thumb=”https://jeffcwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/newtons-laws.jpg” width=”300″ align=”right” title=”newtons laws” frame=”true” icon=”image” caption=””]
“A body at rest stays at rest and a body in motion stays in motion, moving the same speed and the same direction until acted on by an unbalanced force.”
I use Newton’s 1st law of physics as an analogy in my keynote addresses. I use it to illustrate some key points in the success of anyone:
- Overcoming being a body at rest takes effort
- Mid course corrections are necessary
- Moments of impact – become an unbalanced force that can change your direction.
One of my favorite bloggers, S. Anthony Iannarino says this:
“You can’t change your results overnight… But you can change directions in an instant.”
— S. Anthony Iannarino
This week we will be discussing methods to make course corrections and change directions.
QUESTION: What area of your life needs a direction change?