If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the workers to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
My first reaction on reading this was, that’s ridiculously idealistic! You can’t build a ship with people who only yearn, for a start! Then my next reaction was, that’s all very well but how on earth can you teach anyone to yearn for anything? My next thought was, how can I teach anyone to yearn? And what might that look like, teaching people to yearn? What would the EFL equivalent of “yearning for the vast and endless sea” look like? Finally, I stopped trying to figure it out, and just let St Exupery’s words wash around inside my mind. Maybe, if I am quiet enough, I can hear the sound of a seed germinating.