Encourage the Stubborn Self

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Being a stubborn person sounds like a negative character trait, but it can also be viewed as positive. We need to each be flexible and be able to see the other side of any story before we are able to make a firm decision to stand upon. Once this decision is made, one must be stubborn to stand their ground and not change their opinion every time they are asked.

I see stubbornness as a positive trait when it comes to a career. My husband has taught me a lot about what it means to be stubborn in this regard. He is a gifted and talented drummer. Music is a difficult profession to break into and a big part of breaking into this business is who are the connections you make along the way. (I also feel this is why many not-so-gifted artists become famous, but I digress.) My husband is stubborn in knowing he is talented and could make a true full time career. Every time someone or something gets in his way, he presses onward because he strives to fulfill this dream.

Stubbornness means you let no one stand in the way of your true calling. My husband has put up with many telling him he will never have such a “non-traditional” career and should get a real job. He has faced many moral and business issues when it comes to running a band.

Being stubborn can be a terrific character trait when used to stand for what you know is right, but also being flexible in our day to day lives is what gives us a good all around character. It also makes us dependable and a good team player.

Passion In Writing

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We as humans are made to have a passion, be it in music, poetry, leading others to change, or any other activity. Passion is what gives us the drive and determination to keep going, because the going always gets tough.

My passion is for helping others achieve their goals. I enjoy seeing others succeed in what they set out to accomplish. I get just as excited when a friend has good news as if I was the one on the receiving end. My career as a Technical Writer allows me to use my writing abilities to help another make their voice heard, to help that voice become as powerful and intelligent as the person speaking.

My favorite story takes me back to my days as a Technical Writing intern. The man I worked for was a visiting professor and graduated at the top of his class from an ivy league school. The man was brilliant and the wheels in his head were always turning. His passion was for preserving ancient artifacts. He achieved this goal by researching digital cameras and printers in order to use the best products to photograph and print those artifacts. He wanted those pictures to tell the best story possible. With all the knowledge he collected on cameras and printers, he decided to write and sell books comparing products. The money he produced from these books helped him travel the world looking for artifacts. He was brilliant and had an amazing work ethic as well as a passion to achieve his dream. What was the catch? When he wrote his books, they sounded like he had no idea what he was talking about. He wrote off on tangents in all directions and sometimes never even got to the point he was trying to make. His writings were truly terrible. I mean no disrespect for sure, but writing was clearly not his gift.

As his intern, I had the ability to take his passion and truly help it take on life. I learned more than I ever dreamed about ancient artifacts and how to preserve them, along with knowing the best brands for cameras and printers. I was able to sift through and redirect his writing to give his written voice the authority it had on the subject matter. My passion was watching my boss achieve his dreams and create an income off of his writing.

Being a Technical Writer gives me a unique perspective. I must not only know the audience, but also know the author and his passions. I learn why he is in the business he is in and learn about a brand new topic I would never decide to learn on my own. My passion gives me the determination to learn new topics, new authors, and new audiences and make every word count.

No matter what your passion, seek it out and give it life.

Green Productivity

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When I edit documents, I tend to prefer to print out draft copies instead of staring at a computer screen. This is fine for short edits, but not a good idea for long and numerous chapters. After much consideration, I decided to try out the new tablet technology in the form of the Apple Ipad. After some practice, I have found the tablet to be an excellent medium for editing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents. This does require the purchase of a document reading program. I chose Docs to Go. This program allows me the ability to read and edit documents more like paper. This technology will not replace the laptop entirely, but with the Ipad, I am more prone to pull work out while waiting for appointments and make downtime more productive.