JUST DO IT DOESN’T WORK ALL OF THE TIME
My students and many others know I have ranted for years that “Just Do It” is a mixed bag slogan. Our lives are improved when we “Just Do” something within our ability, but leads to self or other blame when forces beyond our control rule. This Scientific American Article sides with me.
I first realized just doing it wouldn’t work when I was 11 years old. I wanted to be a jockey but was growing rapidly too tall. I got the family’s dictionary–a heavy book, and stood with it on my head for half an hour a night form almost a whole month. Kept right on growing. Sigh.
I think being learning disabled was also part of that acceptance for no matter how hard I tried to learn my multiplication tables I still can’t get to the answer for 6 times 7 without adding up from 6 times 5. Another sigh.
How do you know when enough “Just Do It” isn’t going to work. What do you do then?