8 Steps Toward Becoming the Best Journalist and Human Being Possible

The world of journalism is not the same today as it was yesterday; in other words, there is a distinct rapid evolution of how we get our news, how we perceive journalists, and how much of our busy daily schedules we dedicate to various journalistic platforms. When a professor asks how I get my news, I usually say magazines or online. Yet what I often forget, is that quite a few of the pieces I read are because a friend shared them on Facebook or tweeted them on Twitter. This happened to me the other day; I was sitting in the journalism library between classes and browsing Facebook. It was during this time that I noticed multiple of my “friends” had shared a link to a story in the Huffington Post: How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps.

My first reaction was “what?” followed by, “this should be an interesting article.” When I clicked on the link and began to read, however, I found something better than the answers to those questions for which we continuously strive.

The article discusses our innate desire to chase the idea of “I will be happy when…” and that we are never truly happy because we’re looking toward ways that we think will make us happy instead of realizing all that we have.

The author, Kate Bartolotta, follows through with her 8 step promise, though. She lists these 8 things:

  1. Stop believing your bullshit
  2. Be happy now
  3. Look at the stars
  4. Let people in
  5. Stop with the crazy making
  6. Learn to apologize
  7. Practice gratitude
  8. Be kind

After reading the article, I felt silly for buying into this idea of “what will make me happy” my entire life. It was definitely a piece that called for self reflection and I’m glad I was able to take the time out of my so-called “busy” schedule and learn that what I have in life is something to be more-than-happy about. They always say that journalism changes lives, I just never thought such a simple piece would affect me so dramatically. It’s stories like this that motivate me to continue being a journalist and inspire me to write so that I, too, can change lives.

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