Don’t give up on yourself – go for it

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on March 06, 2019 with No Comments

In my younger years I enjoyed skiing as a form of exercise and ski racing for thrills.  However, I was never good at racing and didn’t really try to improve. Likewise, my mom and several aunts and uncles were teachers and I thought I would like to do that, but I felt sure that I had no talent for teaching.

When I retired, I thought I would invest a little time in increasing my skiing and racing skills—especially through improved fitness. I spent several years of hard work making myself more fit and stronger. Also, I took lessons and practiced as much as I could. Within three years I had won my first gold medal and a few years later qualified for racing in the national championships, where I have since won several medals.

Around the same time as I was working on my ski racing, a friend asked me to help teach a class at a nearby university. While I didn’t expect to be a good teacher, I was knowledgeable with the subject matter I was to teach, technical writing, which was my profession.

It was no surprise that it turned out that I was not a particularly good teacher.  However, another friend told me to try using my natural skills and talents, which was humor.  Although humor was an unusual way to teach, it worked well for me and I taught successfully for about ten years.

So, what is the lesson in all this?  If you want to try something new, give it a whirl. Do you best and see what happens. There is nothing to lose and you never know what you can learn to do.  Don’t be shy, go for it!

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About Bill Leavitt


All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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