Teach love not hate

Today I bring an interview with a women from a small town and a large family. She is an inspiration and always lends a hand. I hope you enjoy reading this interview that sheds some light on her story.

Interviewer:

Do you feel that you are successful?

Michele:

Yes, I feel successful in the ways that I measure success. I don’t think success means how much money you make, I feel it is about being happy with your life.

Interviewer:

What do you do for a living?

Michele:

I teach math to 7th graders, 8th graders, and seniors in the morning. In the afternoon I am the business manager for the school.

Interviewer:

What skills do you have to have for your line of work?

Michele:

Many skills – for teaching I need to be well organized, be able to motivate the unmotivated, multi-task, establish relationships, work in small groups and large groups effectively, ability to work hard and work unsupervised, and strong leadership skills. As a business manager, I need many of the other skills mentioned as well as computer skills, ready to meet deadlines, and some accounting and math knowledge.

Interviewer:

What do you like most about your work?

Michele:

I like that it is different every day and that it is important – meaning that what I do helps other people to what they want to do. When others are successful it makes me feel good that I was able to contribute to that success. Also, I enjoy the daily puzzles of the business manager job that need to be solved. I don’t have an instruction book and many things just need to be figured out and I enjoy that.

Interviewer:

Do you feel that your work is just a job or that it is something you like to do and just happen to get paid for it?

Michele:

I feel like those two options are extreme ends of a scale, and daily I move towards one or the other. Some days it feels like just a job and I get really frustrated. Other days are great and I think it is crazy that I get paid to do this job. When I was first deciding what I wanted to do with my life, the advice of one of my uncles was to “do something you get paid a lot of money to do because after 30 years you are going to hate it no matter what you do.” I don’t really agree with that advice, but I think you do start to get tired of what you do after a while and a change can rejuvenate you. I just started the business manager job this year and I have been enjoying the change and the challenge.

Interviewer:

Do you travel, if so out of all the places you have been which one is your favorite?

Michele:

Occasionally we get to travel when we get grants to take classes in other places. I have been to Stanford University and San Diego in California, Florida, Seattle, Vancouver, Anacortes, Yakima, Moses Lake, and many other places in Washington. My favorite was Florida – we stayed a week there and attended classes at a huge high school in the summer. It was a lot of fun.

Interviewer:

What do you do in your free time?

Michele:

I enjoy doing craft projects like making cards, crocheting, quilting, and sewing. I also like to read and garden when the weather is nice.

Interviewer:

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be successful?

Michele:

There are many different types of success, and you first need to decide what success looks like for you – is it about you having a job that makes a lot of money, or is it having a nice house and a family that loves you? Is it reading your bible every day and having a close relationship with your Savior? Is it eating your favorite breakfast or having a lot of friends that you can count on? There are choices you need to make about what is important to you. You cannot know if you are successful until you decide what successful looks like. Then you can measure your success against those standards. Then WORK HARD to make it happen. The secret to success is HARD WORK and never giving up.

Interviewer:

How do you stay motivated?

Michele:

I want to be known as someone who follows through with my responsibilities. Since that is important to me, I work hard to make sure I do my job to the best of my ability. Some days I don’t WANT to, but what you want to do and what you need to do are two separate issues most of the time. I just try to stay positive and tell myself to get to work and get it done. It also helps when you experience some small successes. Those moments of a student or parent telling you thank you, or getting recognition for doing something well keep you moving forward.

Interviewer:

What kinds of people inspire you?

Michele:

People who are successful because of their hard work inspire me. Someone who has overcome obstacles inspire me. When success just falls in your lap it isn’t as sweet and just means you are lucky. When you work hard and finally accomplish what you are working for that is inspiring.

Interviewer:

If you were given five hundred dollars right now and could only use it to help someone other than yourself, how would you use it?

Michele:

I would donate it to our local food bank. Too many of our local families do not have enough to eat and this would help them purchase the food they need.

Thank you so much, Michele.

Stay inspired,

-Carlee

One Reply to “Teach love not hate”

  1. Thank you for this post-this is a great interview and with relevant questions. My favorite answer was, “…Those moments of a student or parent telling you thank you…” Success is measured differently by people, but most people appreciate a thank you for what they do. Keep up the good work with this blog. I do enjoy it!

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