Recently I have had some inspiring Skype conversations with the amazing Tony Ryan.
Tony is a consultant and writer who offers professional support across the education sector and beyond. He is passionate about future proofing and innovative thinking and I have been lucky enough to see Tony is action as part of his keynotes around the world. Tony is probably most well known within the education sector for his ‘thinkers keys’. I have been honoured (honored for my US pals) to connect with Tony over the last 18 months, working together to think extensively about how education is changing and how we can support the shift.
About a month ago we got talking about time and how the online world can have two effects on people, either it makes people busier and less efficient or it saves people time and makes it more efficient.
Tony posed the question to me –> Who are 5 people online that make your life easier?
It really got me thinking – and I couldn’t answer it on the spot. I went away and have literally spent the last month pondering this question. What did he mean? What truly does make your life easier? Is it people doing work for you? People thinking on your behalf? Or is it people who support you and are there for you in all aspects of your life?
This thinking and extensive questioning has led me the following thoughts:
- Questioning is where true learning comes from
- ‘Making your life easier’ is all about supporting your thinking, challenging ideas and collaborating with people to support your learning
- My PLN are the people who make my life easier.
After I came to these conclusions I thought long and hard about my “5 people”. I questioned myself many times as it was near on impossible to narrow it down to only five. I also thought to myself “it isn’t fair to exclude people”. However, as I thought longer and harder, I was not ‘excluding’ people at all. Just like life, people are always there to support you at the time of need and twitter is the most incredible resource for this. My top 5 changes constantly and it is important to note that although you may not be in my top 5 list, if you are reading this you are almost certainly in my top 5 list for something. I have found I have many top 5’s in many different aspects of my professional life.
As you reach the end of this article you are probably asking, “Well, come on then, who are your top 5?”
I have decided that there is no need for me to share my top 5 with the world. I have no need to share it at this point but I will be expressing my gratitude to my top 5 personally over the next few weeks.
Thank you all for supporting my learning journey and making my life easier! Stay connected and challenge yourself to be the best you can be.
I look forward to hearing about your ‘top 5’ and the thought process you go through when challenged with the question “Who are 5 people online that make your life easier?”
Thank you Tony for your inspiration to write this post and to constantly make me question and challenge myself to become a better educator. Please follow Tony on twitter by clicking here.