The 10 Project: AKA: I NEED YOUR HELP

I drove home today with fingers itching to type this post. Ahh, so this is what it’s like to be inspired!

On a recent road trip, I listened to The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die (STAY WITH ME, NOW) and it blew my mind in the way that only having someone articulate the things you already believe deep down inside but don’t know how to say does. The secrets are based on interviews with people who were nominated all across Canada and the United States due to the wisdom, happiness and contentment they displayed to those around them. Sort of like the town Dali Lama, but with a job as a CEO, town barber or web designer. The author narrowed down thousands of people to hundreds and asked them the same questions. Then he distilled their answers and looked through each one to discover what they shared in common.

I LOVED this idea of gathering the ideas of lots of brilliant people and handing over the answers to my class to learn about the big ideas that come with being the best possible person you can. LOVED in the sort of way that I realized I needed to do something similar.  UM, LIKE RIGHT THIS DAMN SECOND. Because my life is filled with amazing, educated, kind, engaged individuals who have so much to share. And my students? They are delicate and fierce sponges ready to soak up every ounce of history, genius and life lessons they can get their hands on.

So this is where I need your help. Below are ten questions. Nominate someone you believe is wise, kind and brilliant by sharing this link with them and have them answer these questions (in an email to me) or if YOU believe you have a life worth sharing (and who doesn’t?) please answer these ten questions in an email form ( or if you want- *snail mail them to me (remember how exciting it was to get snail mail as a kid?).

There is a chance you are going to read these and think “THIS IS THE WORST MEME IN THE HISTORY OF MEMES”, but this isn’t a meme. This will be going to a ten year old who is brilliant beyond compare and who could learn even more from reading the ideas and lessons you share. It’s easy to forget how much you grow and learn and stretch as you age and how important sharing your lessons with someone else is. Help someone else be better. Stop pinning motivational words of wisdom on pinterest and act on them. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE MODEST. Be brave. Be the kind of people we want children to be when they grow up. Share your accomplishments, relish in your best moments and be as honest as your heart allows.  Add anything that will illuminate why you are wise.

Me and my class, thank you for it.

1. Imagine you are introducing yourself at a dinner party. What are a few sentences you would use to describe yourself to everyone else?

2. How old are you and how old do you feel?

3. As you’ve gotten older, what have you realized doesn’t matter as much as you thought it did?

4. What is something you have learned matters more than you thought it did?

5. What do you wish someone would have told you when you were 10 years old?

6. When are you happiest?

7. What do you regret?

8. What was a turning point in your life? Did you ever a have a moment where you felt like you were at a crossroads and had a big choice to make? What was the choice and how did you decide?

9. Are you kind? How do you know?

10. What do you wish for still? How are you going to get it?

* Email me for my address! Please don’t be a serial killer.


9 comments to The 10 Project: AKA: I NEED YOUR HELP

  • Love this idea! What a great way to share wisdom and brilliance with your students. You have some super lucky kids in your class. Hope you get tons of responses!

  • Kez

    Aw and again you prove why I just know you are an amazing teacher who no doubt touches the lives of those kids who need you most :)

  • That’s so amazing. The internet can be used for good, not just evil!

  • “‘hey look at how sad I am, HERE’S MY SNOT’” <– RIGHT? haha!! You're an amazing person. I love this idea.

  • The non-profit I work for pays for field trip fees for foster kids so they can have those normal childhood experiences and not feel left out. It’s a shame your school won’t let someone pay for those who can’t afford it. What’s the point of the field trip?! To ingrain in kids that they are less than because their families don’t have money? It makes me so mad! I am doubly mad on your behalf. I hope this situation gets resolved & the internet can help out. (The internet is sometimes awesome like that.)

    I’ll send your questions around to some of my friends. I think this is a fantastic project!

  • I totally just sent these questions to my 92-year-old blogging grandpa. I’ll send you the answers as soon as he replies :)

  • …and here is an answer, or comment, directly from me. to you “BRANDY, and to my “30″ year old Granddaughter,JENN.
    First, I am not 92, only 90 and 1/2! and I just read your blog, and I can feel your pain reading about those unfortuinate kids who cannot go on a field trip. It is truly sad (is there a stronger word for SAD?) Grandma and I would cheerfully donate if we were earning more than social security, but….! Anyway, good luck and God bless you.
    (signed) GRAMPS

  • what a great idea, sharing these questions with your students!
    and i’m sorry to hear about the kids and the ski trip… how lousy…i’d ugly cry too at work.

  • I sent this to my best friend! Thanks!

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