What makes a Great School? 100% Enthusiasm, 0% Cynicism… or lots of Music

I'd love you to leave a comment and tell me the answer to this question: Who is the most enthusiastic person that you know? 

Thanks, Conor

Last night, I asked a retired inspector of schools: “What makes a great school?”

His answer… “Music.”

He said that infallibly he would find a thriving musical scene in every great school that he had visited.

When you are surrounded by enthusiastic people, you are willing to take risks and learn; brave tries are celebrated. When you are surrounded by cynics and apathetic people you don’t take risks and any effort at bravery is laughed at and mocked.

On Friday I attended the YouTube Creators day in Barcelona. It struck me just how powerful a room full of enthusiastic people can be. There was no cynicism and no apathy. All efforts at Learning, trying and courage to take risks were celebrated.

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PS My own answer is: Florian Mueck (http://www.florianmueck.com/florian/)


  1. Conor. I think you are the man. It is not just to flatter you but I am serious. I look forward to your weekly video blog . I love your infectious smiles and scenery. You genuinely enthusiastic.

  2. Prof. Marc Sachon. To the best of my knowledge, he’s started every class in the last two decades with a “Welcome to the wonderfull world of Operations!” I call this criminally enthusiastic.

  3. My German Barcelona-crew: Christoph Reisner, Henrik Sprengel, Holger Sprengel & Timo Buetefisch. Together with you and Rose, those guys were my fuel to keep me going during those rough days. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  4. Charlie Easton – Left London went to Vancouver and travels the BC outback painting https://charlieeaston.com (and Conor Neill!). Always come away from time with them feeling enriched, excited and clearer about what life is about.

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