The Path of Flexibility


Change Direction. Be Willing To Do Things Differently.
Compiled by Lisa D. Smith & Nancy J. Reid, proud ambassadors of the 8 Keys of Excellence character education program.

This episode of Big Blend Radio aired live on Aug. 11, 2017 and features a special panel discussion on the 8 Keys of Excellence, especially 7th Key of Excellence, “FLEXIBILITY – Be willing to do things differently. 


From different languages to transportation delays, travel is a great teacher of flexibility. One that nudges us out of our comfort zone, and takes us on an alternate route towards our destination. It’s what makes travel a journey, and provides us with a true experience that we can learn from. One that leads us to understanding, and an acceptance and appreciation of cultures and customs different to our own. It also builds inner confidence and character, and sparks the flame of creativity.  

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

Flexibility is the willingness to try something different when we realize that what we’re doing isn’t working. Many times a day we are faced with situations that are different from what we had originally planned. One way to deal with these situations is to be rigid and continue to do things in the same way over and over—another is to handle them with flexibility. Being flexible is responding to changing or new situations in ways that move us forward.

Flexibility is the 7th Key in the 8 Keys of Excellence. Created by Bobbi DePorter, the 8 Keys of Excellence is a character education program that guides young people toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles. On our way to changing the lives of 50 million children, The Excellence Effect is a movement to build excellence in the lives of young people worldwide through the 8 Keys of Excellence family and school character programs. See

Take a Virtual Walk in the Excellence Hall of Fame
As part of The Excellence Effect, we’re taking a virtual walk down the Excellence Hall of Fame, to reflect upon some of the wise words written and spoken by eight leaders who exemplify the Flexibility Key of Excellence, and have parks and historic sites named in their honor!

These parks are all within the National Park Service, and include: John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, George Washington Carver National Monument, Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial.


JOHN F. KENNEDY – 35th President of the United States
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”

“Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.”






HARRY S TRUMANHARRY S. TRUMAN – 33rd President of the United States
“It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.”






John D. RockefellerJOHN D. ROCKERFELLER JR. – Financier, conservationist and philanthropist.
“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”





Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.”







Clara BartonCLARA BARTON – Nurse & Founder of the American Red Cross
“This conflict is one thing I’ve been waiting for. I’m well and strong and young – young enough to go to the front. If I can’t be a soldier, I’ll help soldiers.”






“All things must change to something new, to something strange.”








ORVILLE WRIGHT – Inventor & Aviation Pioneer
“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”









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