Share What You Love: Pay It Forward
When I was 15 I knew I wanted to be a TV News Reporter
Even though I had no clue what that really meant. It was the early 70’s when I saw the first female reporter on WSB in Atlanta come on the news. I said, “That’s it. I want to do that.”
I wanted to see events as they were happening. I wanted my life to be an adventure. I wanted to report stories that made a difference. I’m lucky. I got all that and more.
You might think the thing I loved most was the being on TV part. But for me, that was never it. I just loved the storytelling process: the witnessing, the gathering of information, the crafting of a story so that it all made sense, informed, enlightened, engaged, moved people to take action.
I had so many mentors along the way that taught me how to do that, under pressure, on deadline. Early in my career, I always wondered why they spent so much time helping me when they had nothing to gain.
Of course, I came to understand that later in my career.
There is no better feeling than sharing something you love, something you care so deeply about it that you want to make sure you pass it on to others to carry on.
For some that might be religion or love of family or cooking or art. For me it’s storytelling.
I was reminded of how deep that feeling is Saturday morning. I looked at the fresh faces of 150 high school students in the KYW News Studies program who self-identify as future journalists. I was asked to give a lesson on storytelling.
It’s just an honor, really a privilege.
I looked at them and remembered how determined and passionate I was at their age to learn from anyone who would teach me, tell me how I could make my reporting dream a reality.
I can’t even explain how happy it made me to share the morning with these young people, to talk to their parents, too, about what their child’s life might be like as a reporter and how to prepare.
I broke the students up into groups and gave them a tough task of turning a tv story into a 30-second radio story in just 20 minutes. I was so impressed with how they tackled it creatively, dared themselves to “Do the New” and stood up to present to everyone.
Storytelling is a part of my life.
I love my work as a professional speaker, but I really love helping launch the next generation of communicators at Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. I can’t wait to mentor some of the young students I just met when they get to college.
But, the question for you is, what do you love?
What do you want to pass on? What do you know how to do better than anyone else? Is that a future business? Is that a volunteer opportunity?
I now know what all of my mentors got in return; feeling their knowledge was valued, satisfaction from giving with their whole heart, believing in something so much you want others to experience it with the same passion you do.
And so, I dare you to find a way. Find a way to share what you love. Find a way to pay it forward.