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“Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes.” These words from the epic Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure have revolutionized my life. To me, this just reminds me to relax and to encourage others to do the same. Our colleagues need to struggle; let them know that struggle is okay. So tech is a thing, and knowing it and understanding it helps me on the job. Also, sometimes the job provides me the opportunity to help others with tech. More and more, I’m encountering teachers who recognize a need to learn how to adapt to the rapid progression of technology. I love this realization, and I want to help. But, I always reflect on my own process, and I value my own learning process, which requires struggle and determination. So I constantly fight not to compromise their struggle by giving step-by-step directions (which will most likely be outdated in a little under two months). Rather, I must be determined to let them struggle, so that they may gain the determination necessary to solve issues. Speaking of tech in general, I’m convinced that most tech issues can be resolved by persistence in the application of potentially logical solutions. Encourage this! Preach this. T-shirt this. Tweet this. Pretend you said this first. Then, with open arms, be willing to help after they have not succeeded. Reward them in their efforts by mentoring them through the issue; then, empower them by letting them know that they are now equipped to help someone else through such an issue. So, I have no idea how any of what’s written here actually related to Bill and Ted, but I celebrate the failure of the title and opening of this post.