Here's a great quote from Jim Collins' new book, How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In:

Whether you prevail or fail, endure or die, depends more on what you do to yourself than on what the world does to you.

Do most educators believe this or are they instead inclined to point fingers at the world around them? 

[By the way, if you're a school leader and you haven't read Collins' other books, Good to Great or Built to Last, you need to make an immediate trip to the bookstore!]