Motivation and Leadership

Week 2 discussion

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. 

Interview yourself—or, better yet, have someone interview you—using the same or similar questions Professor Rawlins used to interview his student on pp. 69-72 of The Writer’s Way. Write a 75 to 150-word process describing the interview. Identify at least three ideas for essays which came from your interview. What surprised you about this process?

In your responses, comment on each other’s ideas for essays. Which ideas seem the most promising?

I did not have anyone who could run an interview with me so I participated in this event myself. It surprised me how vague these questions were and how so many essay topics came from them.  My life isn’t too interesting but there was a lot to tell. Anywhere from never being able to truly focus in school (or not wanting to), to getting in trouble in the Navy by chasing people or ideas that weren’t in my best interest. I have been through a lot but also have had many grand developments such as learning how to be a father or learning how to be a father while in Christ as I have learned there is a difference. There is also the time that I was homeless and barely being able to afford living in my car but I overcame the situations and regained my footing. I did have several ideas for an essay that were inspired from my life and they would be:

1. ‘How to succeed in school when motivation isn’t there.’

2.’Sometimes self-interest is the best type of interest’ 

3. ‘Fatherhood with Christ and why you need Him.’

I was really surprised by this discussion post when I was reading the interview in our book I was unable to believe that deep profound essay topics could come from almost nowhere. I definitely don’t think that I am going to be lost for an essay topic again.