Last December, I was checking Facebook and saw one of the new live chats pop up in my feed. WRAL-TV anchor David Crabtree and my friend, producer Stephanie Beck, were taking questions from viewers. One viewer asked what tips they had for an aspiring news reporter. Crabtree’s answer, while directed toward a student in the journalism field, can teach everyone an important lesson about life.
HE SUGGESTED THAT WHILE IN SCHOOL YOU:
“Take a course in a subject that you have absolutely no interest in
and master it very quickly…. As a news reporter, at the morning
meeting, you are thrown into a story. You have no idea what the
story is or even what the subject matter is. You have to learn it
very quickly, immerse yourself in it, master it and tell a cohesive,
cogent story by the end of the day. If you have trained yourself by
learning something you have no interest in you can transfer that
into your work.”
His words resonated with me on a number of levels, so much so that I’m sharing them with you six months later. When I began this blog, this was a project that I had no interest in or desire to do. I embraced it, though, and today you’re reading my 100th entry. Doing something I was not interested in doing has taught new skills, revealed new interests and allowed me to learn quite a bit about myself.