Got me to thinking...
I started writing down some of the best advice I've been given. I soon recognized a problem. Maybe it's the mentors I have had. Maybe it's just the type of people drawn to me with a deep-seated need to give advice to someone who looks like he really needs it. Or maybe it's just that I live in Texas and advice here tends to run along the brutally honest. I was going to add my advice to Chris' via a comment, but I just don't think it fits with the ultimate purpose, voice, or spirit of LeaderTalk. Therefore, I'm posting this on Farbucks.
In no particular order, here are Farr's Five Best Bits O'Advice - as given to me by friends, family, mentors, and colleagues:
1. Eat a live frog first thing every morning. Nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
2. When you hear, "We're from Central Administration and we are here to help you", run.
3. Try to avoid the elementary gymnasium on hot days, but if you cannot avoid it, remember: Do Not Pet the Sweaty Things.
4. As principal, you can delegate assignments. Always delegate clean ups of bio-waste and winter soccer games.
5. If a student asks, "Would you like to see my new tattoo (or body piercing)?" ALWAYS say, "No Thank You."