The work that we discussed in class that affected me the most this week was "Superman and Me", by Sherman Alexie. I had read the work my junior year of high school and remember actually enjoying the conversation we had about the story. This was very unusual for me in the class because the teacher and I never got along or enjoyed the same writing styles and stories. The "Superman and Me" story is interesting because it is a story of persistence and of how curiosity is a main factor for success. Just last week in my management 2010 course I learned that one of the top attributes of a great manager is being curious. Another work I read recently said "curiosity is not what killed the cat". A very cheesy joke but a statement that definitely needs to be echoed. For some strange reason it has become acceptable to tell kids that curiosity is what gets you in trouble, which is a horrible seed to be planting into children.
Persistence in my life has been taught to me and labeled to me as character building. My mom and dad always told me what does not kill me makes me stronger, and what I hate to do will build character for the future. At first I hated this mindset, however as I have grown and matured (and am still doing so) I learned to love the mindset. I love the experiences that I hated. The experiences that I hated such as waking up for summer condition at 5:45 AM every day of the summer to condition and weight lift for 3 hours followed directly by working for a fence company in the heat all day takes persistence not to quit. This has made me who I am today. The most important thing it taught me was to enjoy learning and want to thrive in school. The better I do in school, the less likely I am to be working in a brutish manner the rest of my life. I may sound stuck up for saying that, however those are the words of wisdom my peer workers gave me who have been stuck with the job their entire lives. Study and work hard is what they told me every day. These men, hardened through prison sentences and the grind of physical labor daily truly influenced me that persistence in my school work is the only way for me to accomplish this.
Curiosity has also helped me get to where I am today. I love to push boundaries. I am curious to see how far I can go and how much I can get away with before I get in trouble. It has frustrated many figures of authority in my life time but has seemed to bring me closer to many of them. The ones who appreciate my willingness to push the boundary seem to be excited by the fact that I am more than just going through the motions. Readings of Thoreau, Emerson, and Gandhi, along with George Orwell's 1984 are a few of the readings we had to teach us of conforming to society and the different ways it can happen and be avoided. Two of my teachers in high school really influenced this behavior because they were the same way and enjoy to see students actually cleverly thinking about what they do, even if it is the wrong thing to do. These teachers would spend time with students at school and outside of school and would never force their ideas on people. Rather they influenced questions that would stump you and take time for serious reflection and contemplation. There is a time and a place for people to be dull and repetitive but college is not the time nor the place. And the more experience you get with this curiosity and acting on it, the more likely you are to carry it on into your future jobs and life style which separates people in the real world.