Sean Spaulding
Sean Spaulding
Sean is interning at The Elkhart Truth over the summer. In his blog, he'll write about his experiences through the internship, how his editing skills have improved and his transition from high school to the real world.

Sean wishes to continue his career in writing, focusing on spoken word poetry. In the last four years, Sean has written more than 130 poems. He plans to hopefully help the world with his words.

He may not really be a paperboy, but he certainly plans to deliver.

Self-made goals are the bike path to knowledge

How setting goals for yourself will build the foundation of future knowledge.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 6:54 p.m.

There is an old saying that I have heard quite a bit: "Curiosity killed the cat." What people forget is cats have nine lives. Without curiosity, we cannot learn. If we do not learn, there is no knowledge to conceive. Knowledge is something that I crave. In my view, knowledge is the central dogma to becoming successful in life. Some of the knowledge that I have learned at The Elkhart Truth — such as in AP style, the order in stories should be time, day, location — will certainly help me with my future goals in life.

The science behind knowledge is curiosity; understand that people make mistakes. With the mistakes that are made, there are lessons to be learned. Lessons that give insight on a certain subject. Think of riding a bike. At first, there are issues with balance. More likely than not, there will be a few scrapes and bruises from falling. The fall that scares the daylights out of you as your front tire wobbles back and forth right before your elbow meets the pavement. Determination then kicks in. With determination, we keep riding that bike. We learn how the bumps on the road may feel, how to avoid pot holes and much more. Learning how to ride a bike is similar to learning in life.

With learning comes goals. Goals help see through the main subject you are trying to learn. Goals break the subject down into smaller areas. Learning is like building a bicycle. A bike is in parts. The only thing you have to refer to are the instructions. You start out looking at the instructions. Looking on how the structure is formed. Without structure, a bike will fall to pieces. Just as a paragraph would not flow correctly. As you continue to build a bike you refer back to the instructions constantly, likewise, making sure there are no errors in grammar or in style in writing. You begin to get the gist of which part goes to which socket. You still make errors, so you still look back at the instructions to see what mistakes you made. Eventually, the bike is fully operational. You take the bike out for a ride and begin to feel how smooth it flows. How the sentences come together with the proper grammar and punctuation. How the style fits so well with what you have written like a chain on a gear. Here and there you may need to make a few repairs, but you have memorized how it all comes together. This is similar with life, except that there is no instruction sheet. The goals must be made by you.

Take me as an example. I am a high school graduate who plans to help the world with my words by writing inspirational poetry, for the old and young, around the globe. I have planned out how to reach these goals. I understand that it takes quite the talent have work published. For support, I have decided to take hold of my technological niche and pursue the field of technology at Ivy Tech. This will give me a foundation to support myself upon. Once I see that moving forward with my writing career is fit, I plan to go to college for creative writing and journalism. With that experience and education, I will to publish some of my work.

From that point on, it is my decisions on how my life shall end up. Whether it is what I expected or not, I shall make the best of it.


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