When a principal of a high school we were looking into for one of our children could not answer this question, I was disappointed to say the least.
“What is your educational philosophy?” I asked this principal.
“What do you mean?” was her response.
I asked her the same question in a different way and she still was having trouble understanding what I was asking for.
I was a little taken aback, but not completely surprised.
I have been asking professionals this question for a number of years now.
I have found that many have a hard time answering this question initially.
It’s not a question we get asked often – not at school, not when we are dating, and not necessarily on a job interview either.
I love asking this question because it gives me a better sense of what guides a person and WHY they do the work that they do.
Once one starts speaking about one’s philosophy (their beliefs that guide them) they start to get excited and motivated.
Our philosophy serves as our foundation for how we live, how we work, and how we love. It gives us clarity, direction, inspiration, and motivation.
Whether you are aware of it or not, you have a philosophy that is guiding you in all that you do and in the choices that you make.
I encourage you to clarify your philosophy for how you work, how you live, and even how you love.
Take it a step further and ask the people in your life (like your family members, your friends, co-workers, or those you are dating or are already in a relationship with) what their beliefs and guiding philosophy is to how they live, work, and love.
Asking yourself and others this question is a great way to both get to know yourself, and others, better and on a much deeper level.
Here are some questions to help prompt you:
- What is your philosophy on how to be a friend?
- What is your philosophy on how to work?
- What is your philosophy on dating?
- What is your philosophy on how to be in a relationship?
If you are a parent:
- What is your philosophy in how to be a parent?
The question(s) are simple, and yet the answers can be very powerful and deep.
I encourage you to ask yourself, and others around you, these questions and see what you discover.
If you would like some further guidance on this, reach out. I am happy to help. You can contact me anytime at Jenny@unleashingu.com
Wishing you joy on your philosophy discovering journey. Be sure to take note of how you feel being aware of and connected to what beliefs guide you.
Drop me a note or comment below to let me know what you are learning and discovering.
In support and admiration,