Danger In Retelling

English L100 Essay
“Should I include reconstructed speeches in my autobiography?”

I have covered this question briefly before in a couple other posts. Today I will give a more detailed answer. There are two aspects to this question, if you are going to repeat a conversation that you had with another person would it be better to summarize it or repeat the whole conversation “word for word?”

Previously I have said that it would be a terrible idea to reconstruct a conversation because of the possibility of defrauding someones name if you incorrectly stated something that they said, when they really didn’t say anything of the sort. This could have positive effects on the person, but most likely it would have a negative outcome. This could happen one of two ways, first, if you attempted to summarize the conversation, you could tell it wrong. Second, if you attempted to rewrite the conversation word for word, not to mention the difficulty you would have remembering what words were exchanged, but if you happened to rephrase it incorrectly you could hurt that persons good name if others read what you had written.

So basically, it’s a terrible idea to attempt to reconstruct speeches in your autobiography. If you really want to reconstruct a conversation, it would be much better to write a short summary of the conversation, this would benefit you, this would benefit the reader, and this would benefit the other person that you are quoting.

Readers might find whole conversations boring and tedious. So when incorporating conversations in your autobiography keep it brief and get your point across. If you don’t, it adds very little to your narrative and may cause a reader to put your book back on the shelf. A long conversation you had fifteen years ago might be interesting to you, but holds little value to a reader. So unless the conversation tells something about you, it holds close to no weight. So in a nutshell, be carful when reconstruction conversations or speeches in you narrative. It would be unkindly to hurt someone through your unintentional mistake. To keep your story interesting, you want to write it with the intention of keeping your reader interested, this requires skill and should be a goal for anyone wishing to write there story in the future.




A “C” for All…..”Socialism”

Business L100 Essay

“Would it be moral to grade exams, so that all students get C’s? If not, is it moral for the state to redistribute incomes?”

Many people today often support the idea of redistribution. A great example of this would be…you guessed it, Robin Hood. As the famous line goes, “Rob from the rich and give to the poor.” This is a perfect example of redistribution, stealing from those who have more and giving it to those who have less. This idea as a whole is taking others goods, and distributing it to people who don’t have as much, all in the name of equality and fairness. What those people don’t realize is that, the wealthy are wealthy because they’re smart and they work hard. For the sake of an example, if you take from the rich and give it to the poor, now  everyone has the same amount of wealth. The people who were previously wealthy once again use their work ethic and understanding of economics and there trains field, to be come wealthy again even though they won’t be as wealthy as they were before. In the same manner, the once poor become even more poor. Redistribution follows and now everyone is poor, and the once wealthy no long have the desire to become wealthy again, so everyone becomes poorer and poorer.

The same thing could be said for the grade systems, i.e….

Teacher: “Alright students, we no longer will be grading everyone individually, but instead everyone will be getting a “C.”

Students who get F-C’s (70% of the class): “Yay!”

Students who get B-A’s (30% of the class): “WHAT! That’s not fair!”

Teacher: “Yes it is, look at all these students who get to have higher grades. That seems pretty fair to me.”

Over the course of a few months, the hard working student who got B’s and A’s stop  trying to work hard at their school and are instead content with low grades. But the question, is this moral?

If you asked those students who felt cheated if giving everyone a “C” was moral, they would tell you no. Ask them if it would be moral to redistribute income and wealth, and most all of them would tell you that it would be perfectly fine and moral to do so. Why is this so? I believe this is because people fail of realize that the two above questions are essentially the same: is it moral for everyone to be made exactly equal? So that’s it, this is the question… “equality.” Is it moral to make everyone equal with a measure of force? Is everyone equal? No. Should everyone be equal? That depends on the definition of “equal.” Most people would answer yes everyone should be equal.  The fact is that they forget that not only is everyone superior to you in some way, but also that some people are born to follow, others are born to lead.

Now, back to Sherwood Forest, is what Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men did, moral? No, it is not. Equality, in the sense that everyone should have equal incomes, is a bad thing. The bible says to give a man the wages of his labor, the bible also says if you don’t work neither shall you eat. Therefore, a man becomes wealthy be his work ethic, he eats because of his work ethic. A diligent man will have more then a lazy man. Taking away from the diligent man and giving to the lazy man is wrong. We should receive what we work for, and we should eat because we work.



20 Long Years Flying By

Business L95 Essay

“The lifestyle I want 20 years from now”

I have thought long and hard on this subject, because it is so important for young and old men alike to have a vision and a goal for their lives. God has called men to take dominion over everything, but more importantly, to glorify God and enjoy him forever. With that in mind I have set my goals, and planned out my vision. Some might say that it’s pointless to have a vision for your life, because so many things could go wrong to wreck it. I believe that 100%, but I also know that everything that happens to you or me (no matter how good or bad), is done for Gods glory. I know that all good things come to those who love God, and those who are called according to His purpose. So really, all things that happen to me glorify God, and and because He is sovereign I know that it is the best thing for me. But that doesn’t mean I won’t plan at all, “A bad plan is better then no plan at all.” With all this said, here is what I hope to achieve in my life in the next twenty years…

I hope to be a Real Estate Investor, renting out houses both here in Washington, and also in Denver. I hope to be married and be a father of many. I want to have written a couple of theological books, and also be a song artist. This is the summary of want I want to have accomplished in twenty years.



Target an Audience…

English L95 Essay

When writing an autobiography, you must keep in mind who your targeted audience is, to do that you need to know who your audience is. Who would my targeted audience be? Who you want to read your autobiography greatly affects what events you include and exclude. Why would anyone read my autobiography? Most people wouldn’t care if I wrote an autobiography. I want people to read my autobiography, and to do that I need to make it interesting. Many different people like and enjoy many different things, thats why it is important to know who your audience is…so you know what they like and enjoy. I believe and hope that when I write my autobiography it will tell an interesting, insightful, and enjoyable story that people can learn from. I would want people to know why I wrote my story.



Benefits of Writing Your Story

English L90 Essay

“What are the benefits of writing your autobiography?”

Any writing project would probably increase my writing skills, but writing an autobiography and managing to keep it interesting would undoubtedly generate massive improvement in my writing ability. Anyone can tell their life story, but it takes great skill to formulate an interesting story. If I could achieve this, I would be well on my way to becoming an acceptable writer.

Also, if you become an important person, people will appreciate your autobiography. For no matter how good a biography can be it will never compare with an autobiography, for who can write about you better than yourself?

Writing an autobiography takes work and discipline to write. The easiest way to do it is to start early. Begin writing down certain events that have happened in your life soon after they happen. That basically means you will take notes of your life. You can just write a short note on how your day went and the important events that came about during it. That way, when you do start officially writing your autobiography, you will be able to recall that day due to the note that you wrote. An autobiography is well worth it.



Business L90 Essay

Having a part time job with a successful small business in which the owner who is a skilled entrepreneur and willing to teach his apprentice everything he knows, from how he succeeded, to how he failed, is very valuable. This is the one thing that would be preferable to starting a business at an early stage. Apprenticeship gives you the ability to learn valuable information which can help you start your own business. Owning a business is a lot more than just being good at what you do, and thats why it would be highly valuable for any one person to learn, one-to-one, with a person who has already succeeded…..(but most importantly) has already failed. You would have the opportunity to learn from someone else’s mistakes, this means that you don’t have to make those mistakes as well. If you don’t make the same mistakes as others, no matter how big or small, means that you can go farther then they did!

The ideal apprenticeship job is one in which you learn about a field of business, and learn it well. Learning how a business operates gives you a higher chance of success if you put in the effort, willingness, and joy. You’ll learn a valuable skill, you’ll deal with people and depending on the field, you might be able to do some jobs. I will want to find a place where someone is willing to take me under their wing and teach me all the things you need to know about owning and operating a successful business. Apprenticeship is important and a big key to success.

Its important that you love what you do, and tolerating what you do, because it could be the fine line between happiness and misery. We so easily settle in our lives for work that pays more and satisfies less. I will never be a person who lives to work, and I vow to enjoy and cherish the opportunities I am granted to be fulfilled; especially when it comes to my calling and career.

The whole point of an apprenticeship is to learn a trade from a master. I think that many people misunderstand apprenticeship. They think of it as something that was only done by people in the good old days. This causes individualism, individualism causes many of the currant problems in our day with young people. When young people are encouraged to be individual, they are being encouraged to detach themselves from their families and authority, which causes families to be full of individual people. Not people who are helping each other or contributing to the family. Instead, young people should be taught not to be individuals, but rather helpful members of a trustee family. This means that there would be many trustee families who love and help each other and others, which means that you will have a community that also helps one another. The requirement for a flawless apprenticeship opportunity should be a mentor who would willingly teach someone the skills of his trade, but especially “how” he started and maintained a successful business. Then you will have a community full of families, which are full of skillful, helpful, and contributing individual members, who have the same goal as everyone else around them.



Better Then Twain

English L85 Essay

The autobiography of Mark Twain although incredibly popular, could be used as an example of what should not be done when writing. This book was highly disjointed, skipping important events that could better help the reader to understand the story, and focused on the individual activities he participated in while not relating those efforts to the immediate context in which they existed. “The Autobiography of Mark Twain” reads more like a series of unrelated short fables than a single connected chronicle of one man’s life.  In order to not make some of the mistakes that Mark Twain did, I will recommend the following advice in order to prepare you to write your own autobiography.

  1. Expect your autobiography to be enjoyable.  If you were to write an autobiography, you should require that it be better than Mark Twain’s. Some people write autobiographies that are never publicized and are simply enjoyed by family and close friends. Even if this is true for you, you still want to make sure that all the people who read your autobiography, understand what it contains, and perhaps learn something from your life experiences. It will also be highly important for you to make connections to the experiences you have to the events that occur in the world around you.  Include major events that have moved and shaped the world we live in. There’s always something to learn in life. The best part about learning from your mistakes is passing on that knowledge to others so that they will not make the same mistakes that you or I could and have made. This is what I want to be true for me, and I hope this is what you want too. If your autobiography tells a continuous story, you have already surpassed Twain in capturing you audience.  Twain was at the end of his life when he finally got around to writing his autobiography.  Apparently he expressed severe anxiety that someone would read this work before it was prepared for publication, in case of his death.  This personal fear is evident in his writing especially when huge pieces of his story seem to be missing, and the flow is stunted.
  2. Find a balance in your story.  When writing your autobiography you have to find a balance between telling about yourself, what life was like when and where you lived, and what current events were going on around you. Twain’s autobiography is emphatically lacking in details of major events. Despite being a master story teller, Twain doesn’t tell his own story, instead he tells a collection of stories he participated in. Twain spends much of his book emphasizing minor events and details in his life, and in some cases ignoring major and historic events.  For Twain, when making up stories, all events became fact, and those facts could remain relevant to a particular character while remaining divorced from reality.  The problem for Twain arose when telling his own story, suddenly there was no more fiction to spin, and the details of his story actually occurred in American History.  The amount of time he spent thinking about real life events becomes evident when he has to place himself back into a historical situation.
  3. Tell your story chronologically.  In order to write an autobiography superior to Mark Twain’s, you must outline a clear chronology, recognize major personal milestones in your life, organize your memories and spend time explaining them, but mostly ignore the inconsequential.  If your story follow the course of history while also following your own personal growth, the two will be a compliment and will be much easier for your audience.  This ability to maintain chronology will give people more of a idea about how history has effected your growth, and hopefully how you effected history as well.  Twain’s autobiography performs poorly in all of these criteria. His autobiography jump from stories as a 40 year old man to coming back to stories of his younger years.  This keeps the audience completely off-balance and never able to understand the development of Twain’s life story.

If you can proficiently execute the above mentioned points, your autobiography will surpass Mark Twain’s. Writing you story can both help others, and help you better live your life in the future. I would encourage everyone to do this, it will befit you in more ways then one.









Think Before Doing

Business L85 Essay

The greatest salesman’s book might be Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. In this book (although considered by most as a book about human relations) was written primarily for salesmen to become better sellers. In light of this, the techniques presented in this book are very useful in every interaction you have with other people.

The ability to avoid contradicting and criticizing others as well as not complaining, are just some of the core messages in Carnegie’s book. Because this goes against human nature, it makes the book so unique, and if adhered to….effective. It’s so much easier to find faults to criticize than it is to find things to praise.When we as human beings see something we perceive as wrong, we are inclined to immediately criticize it. If instead we employ kinder techniques, such as those recommended by Carnegie, we are much more likely to achieve cooperation and friendship.

I want to be able to do all these things myself. I won’t be able to do this unless I work at it….hard. I’ve tried to change how I do that, but it’s really difficult to change from a habit of condemning into one of praising. I plan on performing Carnegie’s advice by thinking before I speak or act, and whenever I am about to criticize someone, instead I will try to think up a less confrontational way to convince the other person. In general, I will venture to place myself in the other person’s shoes and try to think of what I would want me to say.