January 22, 2018

Climbing the Mountain of Student Success

“George, the Drobble” is a story for people of all ages. It features a character named George who seeks the secret of life, which can only be found at the top of a mountain near his village. You can watch me perform the story by clicking on the video link above. It was shot by a student at Houston Community College in late June at an SGA leadership retreat.

What mountains do you have to climb? What obstacles are presenting themselves to you that are keeping you from getting to where you want to go? Do you have to face “monsters” and “riddles” that seem to come out of nowhere? Have you ever been so close to being in possession of a goal that you couldn’t believe and you almost messed it up because you didn’t know what to do to achieve your objective? That is the story of George.

And it is the story of every one, whether student, parent, teacher, leader, or any of a number of other categories people could be put into. The truth is that you do have a mountain to climb to get to where you want to go. Most people are content to just stay at the base. But those who venture out experience great adventures, highs and lows, and ultimately, success.

What if you had no choice, like George in the story, but to have to climb your mountain? Would you make it to the top? Or would you give up along the way and toss your broken dreams on the pile created by others before you?

We are all students of life. And to create student success, it takes effort. It takes an aversion to fear. It takes the determination necessary to get to the top of our mountains and then accept the victory we have won.

It takes… a Drobble. Share your “George” moments below and may you find your secret of life!

About the Author: Dave "Gonzo" Kelly (64 Posts)

Dave Kelly is the leading authority on student leadership and community service on college campuses today. As a professional trainer, motivator, and servant leader, Dave is an expert on all aspects of running and leading campus organizations and developing the character of a servant leader. Dave has 20+ years training leaders and advisors from student government associations, campus activities boards and campus clubs of every kind on organizational leadership and community service projects. He has trained students and advisors at more than 150 different colleges and universities and is the national coordinator for the APCA Serves! Initiative by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.


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