If you believe, they will believe

I knew I was no longer a student when I (5)

I’ve always loved this quote. I came across it while going through some of my dad’s boxes. He had been a teacher, so it made me laugh. I think this quote applies in many areas of my life, but I really found this to true when I stood before a classroom of thirty small children with very busy mouths. Gaining control of the classroom meant not letting them see you sweat. Later, when I taught dance, I had the same jolting realization. I could do the steps; teaching them was something altogether different.

But really it’s simply this.  If you believe, they will believe. No matter what you do, just do it with conviction.

Of course, as writers, it’s our job to convince, persuade, and make it all up all the time! Personally, I think that’s what I like about it. 

How does this quote apply to your life? Does anything stand out as a time when you had to “wing it”?

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45 thoughts on “If you believe, they will believe

  1. Like you Amy in front of a class it was often like that, especially English classes where I didn’t always know as much as I should have….thanks goodness for student based learning. In a drama class I didn’t have that feeling as such as I knew a bit as I went along and can could always change and adapt any situation. Sometimes as you’d know a lesson worked and other times it didn’t, it was knowing the difference that mattered. Then again it could be said that bullshit will always baffle brains.

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    1. Yes, knowing the difference is what mattered. You never know what really works until you try it, and usually it’s not what you thought it would be either. There’s so many variables in teaching. Bullshit is tried and true. Pretty soon, you start buying it yourself. 🙂 It’s all about adapting.

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  2. Like I said in my last post I have a high level job where I’m convinced they will one day figure out that I’m an imposter. As people keep coming to me for advice and assistance, winging it is a good way of describing what I think I do. When I took on my new position ten years ago, I described it as feeling like a kid wearing his dad’s suit. I still feel that way.

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    1. That you still feel like a kid wearing your dad’s suit is not such a bad thing, right? At least it’s not old hat! You must have fresh challenges then and seeing new faces and having new situation keeps the winging it front and center. Did that make any sense? 🙂 I was winging it! If they’re still coming after all this years, I’m sure you are very good at what you do.

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  3. I “wing it” all the time! And I will take your advice and add more conviction to my “winging” from now on! (I hope I said that like I meant it) lol! That’s such a great quote to pass along xo

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    1. Excellent! Winging it is a skill all it’s own. People who are skilled at this are adaptable, flexible, quick on their feet, and highly creative! Add conviction and you’re a master! Thanks, Kelly. Glad it was meaningful to you. xox

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    1. Ooh, yes. I bet that’s a tricky one when age plays a role, especially when it’s something as accomplished as being a doctor. I’m sure you got through that lecture with flying colors, Carrie. 🙂

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  4. I wing it every single day lately. Last year when I was in college, I had to wing it in front of my entire advanced clinical procedures class when I had to give a 20 minute power point with my professor (a doctor!) grading my every word. I was allowed little index cards but had to improvise most of it. Did I mention I used to have an extreme fear of public speaking? Yeah, that was the other class I had to take last year. Public Speaking. Nothing like overcoming that fear when you’re forced to speak in front of the entire class once a week (with no notes!) The positive is I now have zero fear of talking in front of groups at all.

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    1. Awesome, Darla! That you got over your fear. That’s great. What a rewarding feeling that must be. I still fear the public, but I think I’ve gotten better over the years. I did a teaching program where we had to teach in front of our peers all the time and that was harder than anything! Teaching in front of kids, no problem, but peers is something else. And a doctor. Congrats on your success. You did it! You can do anything now. Cheers to winging it!

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  5. As an adult student I feel like I’m winging it everyday. Sure, there is some new information that gets through, but for the most part I am just plugging it into what I already know to be true. Also Amy, it’s so nice that you are able to smile as you go through your father’s belongings. I hope you enjoy many pleasant moments of remembrance.

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    1. I think winging it can be applied as teacher, student or even as an expert professional. There’s always that grey area, which is what life is all about. Do I sound philosophical today? Congrats on your classes. Good luck on the rest of your studies. My sister and I went through some things and we laughed, we cried, we wondered…it was heavy at times, but there are some happy moments to savor too. Thanks for mentioning that.

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  6. I teach, so this definitely applies.. It reminded me though of the first couple of times I had to present at conferences.. I was terrified to stand up and present my research in front of Ph.D’s and whole audiences. I decided to go with “fake it til you make it” and just feign confidence and they wouldn’t know the difference. I learned also that I became more comfortable because I was making my audience nervous… I mostly researched the history of sexuality so if I could throw in some salacious details or use words they didn’t expect in a conference I could see a few blush and then I’d loosen right up!

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    1. Oh, you are so clever, Hollie. Yeah, make them sweat. That’s the way to do it! I’m sure you do an excellent job making them all nervous, throwing those juicy words around. I want to sit in for one of your talks. 🙂

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  7. This is a great quote, Amy. I felt like I was winging it when I had my high flying city job. Now I’m away from all that and just winging it with the dogs and the farm! I recently applied for a job working from home writing blog articles for a government department. Lets hope I can really wing that one! 😀

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  8. This is going in totally the opposite direction but it is what I thought of when I saw this post.
    When I was in the fifth grade we had an assignment to write an essay or a story, I don’t really remember. I did not do the assignment and then we were given the task to read it out loud. Now I was in an advanced class so I don’t know who the heck I thought i was fooling at the ripe old age of 11 but I began to read from my blank page until I couldn’t any longer.

    At that point I looked up at my teacher with fear and embarrassment. He looked at me and asked “You didn’t do your homework did you?”. I hung my head and nodded. He called on the next student.

    He never said another word about it. I got a zero, of course. I probably did make up work. i always loved doing extra credit in English class anyway but 50 years later I still remember how I humiliated myself and the teacher who did not make it worse.

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    1. Oh my goodness, Dawn! Well, you got a great story out of that humiliating episode. I actually applaud you for being able to make it up on the spot. Your teacher should have, too. That takes a lot of guts. I would never be able to do that. See this quote applies however it applies. There is certainly no one way, one size fits all. I hope that wasn’t a horrible memory for you. Look at your now, writing like a fiction queen! That teacher would be so proud of you!

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  9. Any and every time I’ve had to get up in front of people and speak. I simple can’t imagine how they’ve not been able to see my heart beating wildly through my shirt. Maybe they have/did! I suppose I’ve winged it when I’ve had to do that, which I’ve not done in a very long time. I do believe that I’ll never be comfortable with that. 😉

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    1. I don’t like it much either, Brigitte. It feels better if I know what I’m talking about, so winging it in this situation feels frightful, but I’ve done it and I’m still alive! I’m still here. I bet you’re great at it and you don’t even know it. 🙂

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  10. This is perfect with children to help them not worry and feel happy. Sometimes parents do this be truthful stuff when they just need dreams to believe in. I like how what your dad said made a difference and even now, you shared it with us.

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    1. Thanks so much. I think it’s a fitting quote for children and adults alike. We all need our dreams, don’t we? Thanks, I will cherish this little quote of his now. Thanks for stopping by!

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