We grow up watching our stars and wanting to be like them. We can see them because they have to do their thing in the open. Because we can see them we can try to do it like them.
When I’m a pro skateboarder, I’m going to skate like Tony Hawk.
When I’m in a band, we’re going to sound like Tom Petty 🙁
When I’m a writer, I’m going to write like Margaret Atwood.
When I’m a teacher I’m going to teach like… I’m going to learn like… Umm, how can I know who to look up to?
When people teach and learn in the open we can see those heroes of learning. Of all shapes and sizes. I’m going to learn like Maha Bali. I’m going to teach like Jesse Stommel. I’m going to speak like Gardner Cambell or Rajiv Jhangiani. I’m going to experiment and share like Alan Levine. I’m going to care like Amy Collier. Well, I’m going to try to be more like all of them, anyway. And I’m going to do it in the open, too.
That’s why open matters to me. I can find and follow the people I look up to, try to emulate them and get better in whichever direction or area I think best.
photo: “STAR” flickr photo by jylcat https://flickr.com/photos/jylcat/120110649 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license