What can you do personally and professionally, to sustain the energy it takes to be passionate about students, teaching, and learning?
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." -- Benjamin Franklin
I'm a big fan of the above quote. I believe health, wealth, and wisdom should be 3 goals everyone should make.
Health should be the highest priority that anyone focuses on. Emotional, spiritual, physical, and all types of health should be a priority for people to build sustainable energy for other activities. The mind is part of the body--and if it is not healthy the mind will not think clearly.
Wealth comes in time as a teacher but getting finances taken care of is important. I am not a self-made man and I give huge respect to everyone who helped me become financially stable throughout my college years and even in my years leading up to my first year of teaching. Getting finances stable is very important so that we can focus on our students and teaching and not about that next "bill".
Finally, Wisdom. I believe every person should aim to become smarter. I am a huge fan of books. I do not know of any place to get clear, thought-provoking, edited, advice that took years of planning for under $20 (or sometimes $10). Becoming passionate about learning is a snowball in that once the first book is read the others become easier and easier. To me wisdom is what builds fire to teach students and to work through their troubles.