New Job, New Mentor
I recently took a job as a program director for a Neurodiagnostic Technology program with a Polysomnography add-on and found that I needed to learn how to be a better teacher and a better person. I would like to not just be a teacher to my students, but a role model of what you can become if you apply yourself.
If you had met me when I was 18 or even met me 10 years ago, you would be amazed that I am the same person. So in order to continue growing, I thought I would look for some new books and mentors.
Occasionally I talk about books because I believe that in order to be a great leader, you need to be a reader. If you do not have a local mentor, books help you to find mentors from other industries. In this case, I'd like to tell you about a book written by a person who has nothing to do with sleep. His book has to do with life and success.
The man I am currently learning from is John Wooden. I am not a sports person and had no idea who he was. (This just tells you about the rock I was living under.) Coach Wooden is one of the best college basketball coaches in the country. He also has a very concrete way of teaching new students each year how to achieve success not just in the game but in life. His book is Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success; Building Blocks for a Better Life.
The book breaks down what it takes to be a success into easy-to-handle blocks and the underlying values that hold those blocks in place. I like this book because it is set up with a daily short reading on the topic. It does have references to bible verses for those so inclined and then an action step for you to take. This allows you to take your time, mull over the ideas and then move to the next one.
What I found in this book are the tools that I can use to help move me to the next level. It gives me a role model for where I would like to head as a teacher and a leader. It is this type of book that helps to expand my skills in sleep and in life.