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The one book that will change your boarding world


The boarding world is changing, what worked yesterday does not have the same impact anymore. Successful boarding schools take opportunities to embrace new opportunities to stand out in a very competitive market.  It is time now to go back to basics- what does the word 'house' mean to you by reading my favourite inspirational story......

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the money, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials.

It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. 

“This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realised, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house as each day you hammer in a nail, place a board, or erect a wall.

Build wisely; it is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says:

Life is a do-it-yourself project.

Author Unknown

It’s a powerful story. Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today. So, what are you building for your tomorrow?

Tracy Shand is a practising boarding school professional who believes that boarding today is building tomorrow.  A concept whose time has come , my first book Boardingology - The Power Of One allows boarding staff around the world to build their boarding world for success.  Available on Amazon and through The Endless Bookcase, UK. All royalties from this book go to charities that support vulnerable young people by funding boarding places and providing specialist services. If you want to put the 'i' into your boarding duty time, get in touch through for a book sample.  It is time for you to Manage Boarding Anywhere- whether that be in your own life, as a leader or a new recruit!

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