Yesterday was new student move-in day on our campus.  It is one of my favorite days of the year, not only because students and the energy they bring have returned, but because it is a day filled with so much promise and hope. 

I was reminded of the current Kelly Clarkson hit “Invincible”.  For the longest time, I thought she was singing invisible.  And it occurred to me yesterday that most of the new students fall into one category or the other.  Some feel that they are kings or queens in a new land and the world is theirs to conquer.  At the moment, there are no worries about grades or money or success; they are invincible.  Others are scared to death, afraid that they won’t make friends or ever fit in; they feel invisible.

There are only a few distinct letters in the two words, but a chasm of difference.

I think the choice for new students at the moment is a paraphrase to the famous Henry Ford quote: “Whether you think you’re invincible or invisible, you’re right.”

Which will you be today?

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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