From Dr. Jane's Notebook
Finding your passion
hard to know what to say on the auspicious occasion of this newspaper’s 30th
birthday. It is really a great
accomplishment for any newspaper to serve its community for 30 years.
I have been pleased to be part of
Hamburger Square Post family since moving to Greensboro in 1986. Back
then, I was punching the typewriter and hand carrying articles, which then
needed to be re-typed before publication. Since that time, technology has made
articles easier to submit but not necessarily easier to write.
So when I think about what it takes to put together an entire newspaper
every month, as Betsy Seale, Editor-in-Chief has done for the past 30 years, I
am truly amazed. What does it takes to make a dream, such as hers come true?
Here are a few thoughts on the matter.
- You’ve got to find your passion.
At a time when there was plenty of competition from bigger
newspapers, Betsy was undeterred from creating her own journalistic dream.
She created her own niche in our community, found ways to overcome tough
times, and never lost her infectious enthusiasm. Over time, she has been
like a Pied Piper, recruiting family and friends to join her in executing
her dream. Such dedication is unusual and offers a formidable role model for
young and old alike.
- Jobs, careers, and back-up careers. These days, many people struggle to find work. But not all jobs
provide the level of satisfaction that we desire. It is not enough to be
good at something. You can actually be great at doing a particular job, but
considering the number of hours we devote to our work, if you don’t love it,
it’s going to be hard to get out of bed in the morning. For this reason, I
recommend that people also give thought to back-up jobs and careers.
Many hobbies become suitable sources of long-term satisfaction, even
when we need to keep our day jobs for a while.
- Write down your goals and aspirations. While many folks say they have a mental tally of their long term
goals, writing them down on paper also writes them on your unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind operates much like DNA which unfolds over time.
Like the athlete preparing for a match or a GPS system in a car, it is all
important to program our minds to go in the desired direction. Otherwise, it
is easy to become distracted and realize years later, that we somehow ended
up off-course with a different life than we expected.
- Believe in yourself.
At all stages of life, others are likely to warn you about
competition and try to dissuade you from your goals. Those who have
accomplished much may warn you of overwhelming competition. Those who have
accomplished little may warn about failure and rejection. Listening to
naysayers is disheartening and intimidating. Beware of toxic people whose
words may get in your way.
While life is
short, most of us have the opportunity to pursue our goals if we’re willing to
persist, be assertive, and seek alternative methods when stumbling blocks get in
our way. Life as we know it is
continually changing. Not too many years ago, no one would have believed that
most families would have their very own computers, that it would be possible to
send documents over telephone lines, and that tiny little cell phones would
allow folks to communicate all over the planet. Quite a bit has changed over the
past thirty years which leads me to believe we have no way to predict what the
next 30 years will bring. Fortunately, the Hamburger Square Post serves
as a chronicle of our community, looking back and moving forward. My heart-felt
congratulations on a job well done!!
©Copyright, 2009, Jane R. Rosen-Grandon. All rights reserved.
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