“Attitude Is a Little Thing That Makes a Big Difference”

Posted on November 18th, 2010 in Uncategorized The Emotion of the day is Motivated. Google motivated and the first thing that pops up:

mo·ti·vate (m t -v t )

tr.v. mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing, mo·ti·vates

To provide with an incentive; move to action; impel.

mo ti·va tor n.

Delve a little deeper and you’ll find a Wikipedia page dedicated to the word motivation, which explains the difference between Intrinsic motivation and Extrinsic motivation (it’s fascinating, I highly recommend you check it out) as well as a number of uncited theories on what drives motivation. After this google offers up sites that claim to have “the BEST motivational quotes,” mostly Churchill bye the bye. Next come what I have dubbed the “self help” section of the search engine where you can learn how to Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump! (you’re welcome by the way).

So why, this lengthy intro to the word “motivate,” well like I said, it’s the emotion of the day and here readers is why.


(nah just kidding-that’s the first Google image to pop up-Motivational indeed!)

Let’s bring it back, way back…to last week….where we sat enclosed in the walls of the Portland Art Museum…clapping and hollering our hearts out for our incredible board member, Megan Dobson. You see, Megan not only wears that proud label of teacher, she owns it. I have always had great admiration for teachers. They work tirelessly to shape the young minds of tomorrow, give breath to inspiration and a strong refusal to allow failure either in themselves or their students. Maybe I’ve romanticized it a bit, or maybe we sometimes forget how little they ask of us in return. Megan is a Spanish teacher. She worked for Athey Creek Middle School and has since moved on to Self Enhancement Academy, a local non-profit that for the past 29 years has helped at risk youths realize their potential. During her time at Athey Creek Megan created a class called Community Engagement, which asked young teens to get involved philanthropically and help become representatives for their community. It is for this reason that we fast forward to the Portland Art Museum and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Banquet and why Megan won the Local Hero Award. The honor is great indeed as she was 1 of 5 Portlanders chosen out of hundreds. The reward is generous as each of the 5 are given a $5000 check to be directed to the non-profit of their choice. However what circulated like air through that banquet room was motivation. Seeing someone do something great despite whatever circumstances provide a plethora of obstacles calls out something in each of us. A call we can choose to answer to choose to ignore. Make no mistake it is a call sent to inspire us, to challenge us, to motivate us….thank you Megan for picking up.

check out a recap of the event here

….and a couple pics