Jimmy’s mother shouted up the stairs, “Come on, son, it’s time to get up and get ready for school.”

But Jimmy pulled the duvet up over his head and ignored his mother’s calling. A few minutes later she knocked on his door and in a firmer voice she called, “Come on. You have to get up right now, otherwise you’ll be late!”

Jimmy replied from under the covers, “I’m not going to school today. In fact, I’m never going again.”

“Don’t be silly,” said his mother, “You’ve got to go to school.”

“I’m NOT going!” was the response. “There are almost 1000 kids in that school and they all hate me, every last one of them. Even the teachers and the caretaker hate me, and every day I end up in some sort of fight or conflict. So just give me one good reason why I should go.”

“I’ll do more than that,” said his mother. “I’ll give you two: Firstly, because you are 42 years of age, and secondly, because you are the headmaster!”

R. Ian Seymour, excerpt taken from Discover Your True Potential