I thought I would share the following little poem below, sharing with students how important it is to develop the right habits for being successful from the very beginning. I think the same thing holds true for faculty. I know I developed some good habits in my studies experience and teaching for the Middle school and high school that have allowed me to continue to be successful in the classroom. Such things as dedicating time to class, keeping current with the course materials, staying abreast of policies and procedures, proofreading, and so on.
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done,
And after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men.
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.
Plus, the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin;
It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me
And I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am HABIT!