“The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going past them into the impossible.”  —Arthur C. Clarke

“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the cost becomes prohibitive.”  —William Buckley

Now that you have explored the ideas of self-directed learning, it is time to contemplate the challenging task of putting them into practice.  As with any large undertaking of this nature, there will inevitably be some bumps and bruises.  No matter how well you have thought out your plans, there will be surprises when your students start to work with them.  This final chapter offers some brief, but hard-won advice about how to steer yourself through the personal and political challenges you are likely to experience.