How passionate are you about the work that you do? Does it really matter? How many lives are you effecting? Is there any real change?
Ever had these questions related to your evaluation work, or your work in general? I know I have! Check out this quick video (2.5 min) on the movie Redtails, what level of passion and dedication do you see?
“From the last plane, to the last bullet, to the last minute, to the last man, we fight!”
(you can see this quote in action above around 1 min, 45 seconds!) It’s so inspiring!
“We count our victories by the bombers we get to their targets, by the husbands we return to their wives, by the fathers we give back to their children. To the last minute, to the last man we fight. We fight!”
“It’s damn hard to shoot down the enemy 100 miles behind the front lines.”
“You get us the mission, we’ll light up the board.”
I know this is an extreme example, this story is about the original Redtails, Tuskegee Airmen who were segregated from the other pilots during World War II until they proved themselves worthy of getting into the “real action”…the other pilots really needed their help too!
I was so moved by this movie, and the lead character Marty “Easy” Julian, played by Nate Parker 🙂 that I even formatted by cover letter for a internship the next day with headings like “Mission Impossible” highlighting the position and “Off Duty Missions” for volunteer work. I’ll be sharing that soon, as well as some general resume pick me up tips!
So what does this have to do with evaluation?! I can’t do it all, take a few moments to see if any of the quotes above apply to your work and dedication to the field.