Who Is the Champion in Your Life

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Student with her champion teacher on Teacher's Day

Most of us want to be successful and champions in life. However, when we were kids, we had no idea where to take our lives and what to make out of it.

Who taught you to become a champion? Who inspired you to become somebody? Who filled you with confidence and made you aware of your hidden potential?

Most of us had a teacher in our life, who helped us shape our life and make us who we are today. Our teachers guided us through dark lanes of ignorance and cleared our mists of confusion.

They gave their best to make us the best – and these teachers were our champions.

My teacher was my champion, and I too decided to become a champion like him. So, I became a teacher.

Not boasting of myself, but teachers are great. They remain rooted while the students rise and fly over all places and make a name for themselves.

But a teacher is often forgotten. We win accolades and awards, but forget to reward the one who made it all possible for us to reach great heights.

So, today I want to pay my gratitude and thank all teachers who taught me, and those who teach all around the world and make a difference in the lives of children.

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” ~ Brad Henry

Celebrating Teacher’s Day

It’s Teacher’s Day in India on Sept 5th, a day when the teacher or guru is appreciated, felicitated, and remembered.

Teacher’s day is celebrated all around the world on different dates, but its purpose remains the same – To remember and reward the true champions.

Today, I’ve a video for you, and I’ve kept this post intentionally short so that you can just spend time to enjoy this inspirational video.

Believe it or not, it took me a long time to hunt for a good video, and after hours of searching, I landed up on one of the best videos of a teacher, which I thought you’d like.

The lady in the video, Rita, was a real educator, who knew teaching is more than books and lessons, classrooms or exams.

Teaching is connecting to the person, understanding his or her needs, and then finding a suiting solution that will help the child be successful.

Okay, do you know that you too are a teacher? Of course, everybody is a teacher.

We play the role of a teacher as a parent and even as a blogger. I’m lucky that I’m both. 🙂

In this TED video, Rita talks about the importance of human connections or relationships in teaching – relationships help students take in easily what you are teaching and learn better.

It’s no secret that relationships are vital to all professions and in all aspects of life, including blogging.

But teachers create the relationships to make you confident and educated. Like parents, they do a thankless job and become anonymous champions.

Watch this video and we’ll talk later.


Rita Pierson ~ Every kid needs a champion ~ YouTubeVideo

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” ~ Solomon Ortiz

Did you find it inspiring? What do you think of teachers after watching the video? They have a tough job at their hands, don’t they?

From my personal experience, I can confidently say that there are many devoted and committed teachers all around the world, who only think about how they can help the children.

A teacher never gives up!

They spend their life making the lives of many. They are the unsung heroes of our life, who remain content with you being happy, that’s their greatest reward.

My teachers are my champions.

I salute all teachers and the spirit of teaching. I know all my fellow bloggers do the same, and I hope you all learned something from this post and the video.

Green board with teacher's day greetings

“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” ~ Aristotle

Share Your Thoughts –

What do your teachers mean to you? Do you remember them? Share any personal account of your favorite teacher/teachers. Did they make any difference in your life?

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  1. Avinash

    2015-01-17 at 8:02 pm

    In my life my parents and my best friend who always gave me a very good support.And at present my love has also shown a good co-operation while i move towards my goal.Such a lovely content this is.Thanks for unique articles like this.

  2. Alisha Sharma

    2014-12-30 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    Beautiful post by you, your post really made me very nostalgic.My teachers have great influence in my life, their thought even today also guide me to take right decision in tough time.I am really very much thankful to my teachers.
    Thanks for such topics.

  3. Abrar Mohi Shafee

    2014-12-13 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks for writing up a beautiful post. 🙂

    In my life, my all credit goes to my parents. They’ve supported in that situations where I was like a boat without oars. They actually helped me to understand how to overcome in the best way.

    In fact, in my blogging career, I got most supports from my parents. They kept me motivated to do blogging. You might not believe, they are very keen to read my written blog posts in front of me. Just imagine how it would feel that someone is reading your own post in front of you. 😀

  4. Varija tripathi

    2014-12-09 at 12:56 pm


    This is very nice post.This post is forgotten beautiful memory of childhood! True, teachers are so important in life.We will not be where we are today without their guidance.I think at every step of our life, we need teacher. Without a teacher nobody can get success.Teachers are main part of our life for mad us a great person.

    I will share this post with my followers, hope they will love it.

    Thanks to share this useful post with us.

    Keep up your good work!

    Have a nice day!

    Varija tripathi

  5. Jagan

    2014-11-30 at 1:35 pm

    Myself working in PSU for the last 10 years and helping people to get out of stress and mind. Positive thinking in reality is an important characteristic in everybody life. Full day stress is purely depends on how you think and act.
    In my carrier i acted as Guide/Inspiring everyone and keep them cool and happy in their lives.

  6. Andrew Loader

    2014-11-17 at 2:20 pm

    I was a teacher myself for 26 years (although i have since changed career direction). Despite all the pressures and stresses in the job, there was always, right to the end, a hankering to inspire young people. I had a couple of really inspiring teachers myself (and one of them was actually in his first year of teaching when he taught me), and I used these as role-models when I entered the classroom.

  7. gurvi

    2014-11-07 at 6:50 pm

    hello Harleen ma’am,
    Nice to visit your blog again, I like the way you represent the post. Teh quotes are inspiring and I like this quote “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” ~ Solomon Ortiz the most.

  8. Sylviane Nuccio

    2014-09-21 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I guess I had missed that post, but I wanted to drop a note as it is a beautiful one.

    I had heard that wonderful talk before, but I did listen to it again, it’s just so darn good.

    In all my school year, I had only 2 good teachers that I still think about to this day from time to time. It’s so true, you can’t teach children or teenagers that you don’t even try to build a relationship with, and it’s impossible to learn from a teacher that you know don’t like you.

    Thanks for sharing this great information.

  9. Mayura De Silva

    2014-09-14 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Sorry for my latency but better late than never, eh? 😉 Anyway, hoping to catch up interesting topics you have published here while I was away. At least to read ’em.

    Talking about this very topic, first off, I’m grateful to you for being a wonderful and kind teacher to me, Harleena 🙂 You have been a great teacher and a faithful friend (who everyone loves to have in their lives) to me whom I admire so much. To be honest, it’s merely not the knowledge you bring onto the table, but you as a person is what I admire the most. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher to me 🙂

    Actually, I don’t have one champion I always look up to like I don’t have one best friend, Harleena. I have champions and as you might already know, my mother is on the top. You know why 🙂 I’m so fortunate to have a few wonderful teachers in my life who whispered to my heart in addition to sharing their knowledge. I do thankful to all the other teachers who taught me too. Else I wouldn’t have been where I am now. Isn’t it?

    Lately, I had an urge to find how my favorite teachers were doing and met a couple last month too. To tell you the truth, I felt kinda guilty if I only show up in their funerals and worry if I could meet them beforehand (Sorry for being honest). When I meet them, I never thought they would be very excited (than me) to see me after years. I felt so good I decided to check up on them and helped rejuvenate our relationships too. We had a lovely time 🙂

    The video is inspirational indeed and loved it, Harleena. Your time spent on finding the right video for your students is never wasted 😉 She was right about “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like”. Anyway, I learnt from people I don’t like on ‘how NOT to be like them’ by observing them. We can learn from everyone. Isn’t it? Yet the teachers we like are the ones who makes big impact on our lives.

    Thanks for this wonderful post and reminding us about our teachers dear 🙂

    Hope you having a lovely weekend and had a wonderful time with your dad too 🙂 Keep celebrating!


  10. Dr. Johnny Velazquez

    2014-09-13 at 3:51 am

    Hi Harleena. Great post.

    Many of us tend to forget that we did indeed had one or two individuals who championed our road to a successful life. My principal champions were my parents. They instilled in me a sense of not only responsibility, but also respect, honor, and most of all, to revere my God. My other champion was my High School teacher, Mr. Buntin. He advised me to develop a sense of pride in all my accomplishments, with out being prideful. He always told me to be myself, strive and reach for the moon, but in a realistic way. “Never set your self up for failure.” That was his motto. I was told by both my parents and my teacher, to accept genuine help from others, and to always pay it forward, by helping those along the way.
    That’s one area I have never forgotten. I’ll go out of my way to help anyone who truly needs a helping hand. Good read! Blessings.

  11. Carol Amato

    2014-09-10 at 5:08 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I’m a bit late to this party, but how awesome of you to honor the unsung heroes in our lives! I remember my high school literature teacher so very well. She was really tough on me, but it was because I had a lot of potential, and she wanted to push me to be the best I could be.

    She was one of the first people to really get me to open up about what I thought about a story without fearing what other people thought. I remember one discussion in class over a classic we had read, and I differed in my opinion, and we had an open discussion, she and I in the middle of class – it really stretched me, and I walked out of there a changed person. More analytical. More inviting of others’ ideas…

    Truly inspired.

    Teachers instill so many good things into our lives. I realize that not everyone had a positive experience in school – not all of my teachers were wonderful, but many were.

    Ah, it was awesome to go down memory lane – thanks so much for causing these awesome memories to rise to the top in my mind and heart!

    Have a wonderful evening.
    – Carol

  12. Ahsan

    2014-09-09 at 9:29 pm

    Hello Harleena Singh,

    According to me, after parents teacher gives most lesson to us in our life. They teach us punctuality, discipline & the most important thing manner. When we talk with others, its important to be friendly to others rather than harsh chat. But when we complete our study, we fully forget them or ignore them. When we see them in road, we don’t show proper respect. Its shocking for a past student behavior.

    I hope your article will be a lesson for all of us.

  13. Sherman Smith

    2014-09-08 at 11:33 am

    Hey Harleena,

    What a great post and it was truly inspiration.

    I actually work at a school district in IT and I can say that there are quite a few teachers that really work hard because they are truly passionate about teaching and helping the students. There are many of times I stay late just to avoid traffic, and those same teachers are usually there late with the students or working on some type of project to benefit the students.

    There are many people that say that they stay late because they have no life. That’s pretty rude and I believe they hate their own jobs. The thought never cross their minds that these hard working teachers are passionate for what they do.

    But as for me, the teacher that I remember the most was my Senior English Teacher Mrs. Day. When I was a freshman she use to be called “Dragon Lady” because she seemed mean to us, but she didn’t take any crap from us high school kids… fast forward it to my Senior Year, it turned out she was the nicest, most supportive teacher I have ever known. I realize that she had to be like this because she knew it would be a different world out there from our more sheltered world and I respect her for that! I didn’t do that great in her class but I definitely appreciate that she stayed my Senior Year!

    Thanks for sharing and giving us something to think about! I hope you have a great week!

  14. Steven J Wilson

    2014-09-07 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Teachers have always been well respected by me. They do some amazing things for our kids and are all to often the best role models for them at times.

    Hats off to all the teachers who truly care about our kids well being! It’s a shame when kids get teacher like the one Reginald had saying he would be nothing in life.

    It really does take a village to raise our kids and teachers are a large part of that. Thought out the week for many kids, they are with their teachers for about 7 hours out the day.

    That’s just harsh and luckily that teacher didn’t alter his mindset to believe that is the future he should accept.

    Excellent post and take care Harleena!

  15. mathi

    2014-09-07 at 12:09 pm

    I feel that in life we meet many persons who teach us different lessons. I was a typical Indian wife some ten years ago. My life revolved around my family and I knew nothing of the outside world. But when my husband passed away I was left with a teenage daughter who depended totally on me. Each and every bitter experience I faced in my life were all treasure like teachers to me. Many of my relatives still could not believe how a simple Indian wife like me could start a blog and write articles. The best teacher I had was my mother. She was my inspiration. Now I have yet another teacher in my daughter who motivates me all day and is my best adviser.

  16. Divyansh Peswani

    2014-09-05 at 4:22 pm

    Hello Harleena mam

    I’ve been going through all of such kinda posts in your blog and after reading them, I can assure that you have some kind of MAGIC in your hands. The way you carve out all the posts in your blog is just AWESOME. Very well said by Vishnu, one often forgets his/her mentor who has actually worked as a guide in life, who have given us true values. A very well written and inspired!



  17. Babanature

    2014-09-05 at 3:56 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Ahh… I had so much work to do for the past few days that took me away from some stuffs 🙂 . Hope i am not that late in making my own contribution to this awesome post? 😀

    My teacher has always and still is my mother. I grew up having her heart and thought me all i know about life.

    Aside my mother, my elder brothers played an advance roll in my life. The ones that are teachers, make sure i go to school and graduate…

    Come to think of it; the champions in my life are my family 🙂
    Thanks for stopping this mind blowing post with us. Do have a wonderful week ahead…

  18. Don Purdum

    2014-09-04 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I can’t say I remember a teacher being my champion, ever. I moved around a bit and I’m confident I had ADHD as the Principal was always my best friend, lol… We could have been on a first name basis.

    However, I will say that it was my wife who became my first champion. I’ve believed in myself but she believed in me in ways others did not.

    We’ve been married 21 years and we have the blessing now of teaching couples in business together or business owners who are married how to have a happy marriage and a successful business. I have specialized training from the military as a Chaplain that taught me how to work with couples in high stress envirnonments.

    I learned a lot about myself through that experience and about my wife.

    I really love the topic and I’m grateful for teachers! It’s not their fault I moved around a lot and that I had some issues, lol…

    Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with us!

    ~ Don

  19. Lea Bullen

    2014-09-04 at 3:25 am

    I finished school a long time ago but there are still a few teachers that stand out in my mind, even today. And honestly they were the ones who took the time to connect with me… Also, I did quite well in their classes!


  20. Vishnu Verma

    2014-09-04 at 3:20 am

    Very Inspiring Harleena 🙂
    As we grow old, we often forget about those mentors who had taught us the most valuable things in our lives. As in the video, she says that relationships are very important in teaching and learning. And I’ve learnt one more thing from this that as a blogger our relationship with ours readers are too very crucial, as a blogger or writer we try to teach our readers something and if the readers(students) don’t like their teacher(blogger) than they will never learn anything from them and eventually as a blogger I can say that If there is no relationship between writer and reader than nothing is going to happen.
    I thing, this is the most valuable thing I’ve learnt as a blogger from you : How to maintain a good relationship between the two 🙂
    You and aha-now both are my new teacher now, who is just delivering great lessons time to time to make me a better blogger 🙂
    Thank you for recalling this, and Happy Teacher’s Day Mam 😀

  21. Joy Healey

    2014-09-03 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Harleena

    Great post and video. Most of my friends are teachers and I know how hard they work. In the UK they are so bogged down with paperwork that teaching almost seems secondary.

    Sadly (but probably completely illustrating your point) the two teachers I remember most from my school-days were the ones who told me I was rubbish, in front of the whole class! Great teaching style.

    One was for sport, so it didn’t matter much. But it left me with a life-long hate of sport. The other was for my spelling, and I think she must have been having a bad day because my spelling isn’t bad at all. I have never forgotten how dreadful and humiliated she made me feel.

    Then there was the guy who used to throw the black board rubber and chalk at pupils – and he had a good aim. Happily that was maths and one of my better subjects so I was spared that.

    I didn’t like school at all, despite being well above average in the class and I couldn’t wait to leave and start work. I refused to go into further education until I successfully completed a home-study degree in my late twenties.

    The good news that I have some great champions in my life now:-) Parents, sister and sons are absolute stars.

    I’m also blessed to have made some great friends in the blogging community.

    Wish I had had you or Rita at my school 🙂


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