Be Careful What You Admire

Wise-ards and pretend knights. Those are the heroes of Wizard Academy

Don Quixote was written in 1605 by Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote the adventurer. Don  Quixote the madman. Don Quixote the delusional chaos creator. 

He’s sort of a Rorschach character, meaning you see in him what you bring to him. Or that you can choose which version of him you prefer. We find him the foolish knight on an adventure while the world around him wants him to just “get with the program and face reality”. 

There is a scene in Don Quixote goes after windmills thinking they’re dragons. His sidekick Sancho, tries to tell him they’re not real dragons, just windmills. Quixote replies, “It seems well,” quoth Don Quixote, “that thou art not yet acquainted with the matter of adventures. They are giants; and, if thou beest afraid, go aside and pray, whilst I enter into cruel and unequal battle with them.” 

That is our kind of crazy. Others may see the entrepreneur souls of our community launching into the world tilting at windmills. But we know, it’s all just one grand adventure. 

Then there are the three wise men, or as English re-interpreted that word “wise-ards” or “wizards”. We’re not a religious institution, but there’s something archetypal about men who found a north star and followed it to the end against all odds. 

Wizard Academy is a place that helps people find their North Star. And then helps people build the systems to follow it regardless of what those around them shout from the sidelines. 

This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far. 

Why does it matter?

There’s a quote from a book called the Engines of God, by Jack McDevitt that says “Show me what a people admire, and I will tell you everything about them that matters.”

That’s what we believe.

We show ourselves with every painting, every sculpture, every random piece of art on a wall or in the woods. All of them should hint at what we think is important about life. They should be a cracked glimpse of what we think matters. 

And so I would say to you as well, be careful what you admire. Make sure the things you admire and focus on are colors of the person you would become. 

The things you admire and surround yourself with will give you away. For better or worse. 

Daniel Whittington – Chancellor