“Only dead fish swim with the stream”
The article by Klocko et al. (2019) explores the aspect of tenacity in how resilience, experience, and grit helped teachers from the Michigan area to overcome the challenges caused by the national economic crisis in 2008. The article’s findings state that tenacity, developed through experience and the ability to express resilience, presented the main factor that helped the participants overcome the challenge. The article also touches on the subject of deliberate practice and its value for professional success. Therefore, the article supports the proverb’s meaning in suggesting that deliberate practice such as swimming against the stream is an important component of success. Furthermore, the tenacity aspect and ability to overcome the obstacles also support the proverb in suggesting that surrendering to the stream of events could cost lives or a successful professional career in the case of the article.
Klocko, B. A., Justis, R. J., & Kirby, E. A. (2019). Leadership tenacity and public-school superintendents. Journal of Leadership Education, 18(1), 1-19. Web.