By guest blogger Bob Wilson
I graduated some years back from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). While I was there, UNI implemented a writing competency exam. All students had to pass the test in order to graduate. I thought – no problem, as I’ve always done well in school and been good at taking tests.
As I left the exam room, I knew I didn’t ace the test, but I still felt confident that I’d done ok. I got the results and it wasn’t even close – I bombed it, big time. The good news was I could take it again. The bad news was it was nearly the end of my junior year. I was running out of time.
Since I didn’t want to risk failing again, I knew it was time for action. I started looking for any and all resources I could find on writing. I was so hungry (or desperate) for knowledge on writing that I consumed everything I could find – magazines, books, and articles on the web.
My efforts paid off. I passed the test on the next try. Even so, I still wasn’t satisfied. I continued to read, learn, improve. In the process, I developed a real love of writing.
In hindsight, I’m amazed at how this one decision – choosing to improve my writing – has affected my life in so many significant, positive ways.
My improved writing skills helped me succeed in being an effective manager of people. In addition, I developed and taught an adult education class on writing. Teaching this class allowed me to meet many wonderful people and also improve my public speaking skills.
A few months ago I started my own blog. With the blog, I quickly discovered my love for writing hasn’t faded one bit. In addition, the blog has helped me continue to grow as a writer, and find time to write.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I love writing for three main reasons:
- Creativity. I love the creative outlet writing gives me.
- Expression. I stop, reflect, and revise my thoughts until I’ve written them in a way that truly captures what I want to express. Even though I love a good conversation, writing allows me to express myself in a way that can’t quite be recreated verbally.
- Connection. I feel more connected with myself and with others. Writing offers a wonderful experience to utilize both sides of my brain. My blog has been a great way to connect with others.
I used to be a horrible writer. Over time, I not only improved my writing, but grew to love the process. To take an activity that I used to avoid at all costs and have it become something that is such a wonderful and vital part of my life…what an amazing feeling that is!
I’m curious. Have you experienced something similar? How has committing yourself to writing changed your life?
Bob Wilson is transitioning his career from IT Management to Business/Life Coaching. He currently lives in Iowa. He loves to listen to live music, write, teach, learn, and travel. He blogs about finding the good within adversity at http://adversityflip.com