Since I was much younger, I have always considered myself to be a “communicator.”
My first experience with the communication industry was when I was 12 years old, writing articles for the “teen” section of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Class-Acts.” “Class-Acts” was an insert that came with the paper every Tuesday, chalked full of interesting writings by young journalists covering topics from “What to wear to Prom,” “A Day with the Fort Worth Brahmas Hockey Team,” reviews of the latest Blink-182 CD and everything in between. Not only was the staff as much of a cultural melting pot as the articles that we compiled, but we tried to bring fun journalism to to “Tweenage” masses.
I remember being on a part of that staff and thinking, “I could do this for the rest of my life!”
Leaving the microcasm that I called home, Ft. Worth, Texas, and moving to Mobile, Alabama, I have been able to assess what I really want to do with my life, and more importantly my career. My skills have been sharpened as a media seller, a newspaper section editor, a journalist and an advertiser: but what DO I want to do?
“What” I am going to do with my life is not nearly as important as “how” I want to do it, however.
Since entering adulthood, I have not only learned how to let the petty problems fall to my side, but I have also learned the importance of a job well done.
A wise man, once said, “Buy cheap, pay twice.” This is a saying that I feel can be applied not only to merchandise, but to one’s work ethic and customer relations as well.
Just like artisan made fabrics, cars or cuisine, beauty does not mean having a lack of flaws. The flaws that I possess may not make me perfect, but they cause me to correct them daily.
After all, what’s the point of being perfect if we never work on bettering ourselves.