Tuesday, October 22, 2013
"Where Does the Confidence Come From? Where Do I Get It?" The Rascal from Reading.
But I read the page regularly and I lack what I see in everyone: confidence.
Even at your worst, your words and stories are full of confidence. You know what to do, or you know what to ask to get it.
I don't. I'm sure I'm the only one in the profession who is confused by everything. I have problems that I don't understand, and I have no idea what question would lead to the answer anyway.
You smack down students - who deserve it. You have plans, strategies. You have seen it all before and you have a way to turn it around. You catch them when they cheat! You figure out what's Wikipedia and what's not.
I don't have any idea about anything. You juggle the balls of an academic career as easy as falling off a log. I toss one ball in the air and it smacks me on the head and knocks me out.
The next time I see a ball coming, I'm just going to duck.
Duck, get it? I mean, I like the duck. I get the duck. The rest, I'm just Hiram-med by it all.