“Promise Me You Will …” Part III of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
I returned a phone call to a person requesting help to pass the NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, written knowledge test, WKT, while the individual placed an order for CRR Books and CDs’ test prep books.
As we worked together, the person identified herself as a student and shared she had attended NCRA’s 2010 national convention. I smiled and said, “I bet you met wonderful people.”
The pause was noticeable. She then shared that she “met one person who spent time speaking” with her.
She shared how this one conversation had changed her views on studying. She shared how this event had changed her eagerness to sit down and practice. Again I thought, “I bet it did!”
When I first enrolled in court reporting school and was a student, many people said I could not do ‘this’ – too many. I listened to none – none with negative opinions. I continued with my turtle approach, one minute at a time, each five-minute test, each class, each academic course, each moment, and avoided ‘all’ negativity. I was not the stellar student or the one that people “knew would do this.” Nope.
I had to sign forms stating that I had been advised I might not make it out of the court reporting program. Additionally, I had to carry a double-major in all my studies due to signing those forms.
I signed the forms (plural occasions) and then taped each on the wall next to my desk where I studied in my dorm room. They did not have power over me, but served as a reminder of what I really – really wanted to accomplish.
Again I asked the student, “Promise me you will prove him wrong. Please.” She laughed with gusto and promised she would.
The bar of excellence is high for our court reporting field – as it should be with responsibilities we accept each day preserving events and history. (One year I was the court reporter for the porta-potty national convention – multiple 8-hour days. I cannot make this up. Who knew I would learn so much about that one topic? We each have grand moments and “Gee, it’s another day at the office moments, yes?”)
Here’s the thing: We are going to have successes as we train and create new goals. We are going to have a few challenges. And we are going to have people who enter our world with words that do not click with what we want to hear or need to hear. And that’s okay, too.
I asked the student if she would let someone in the grocery store share their opinion with her on what is best for her life, and she laughed, “Heck, no!”
Well, there are going to be wonderful people who enter our world with words of wisdom and “here’s what ‘you’ want to avoid” (I love meeting people who share those words). I still have people who tell me I cannot do what I am currently doing. And I smile. No words seem necessary. Truly.
We are also going to meet people who are negative because of their world right now – perhaps their skills, their ability to meet our current technology. No matter. That’s their world. That’s their path. It’s not our track. And that’s okay, too.
“Promise me you will prove him wrong. Please!”
If you meet individuals who share their opinions with you, then I invite you to prioritize whether they get an “in” pass into your path or – not. You get to choose. Always.
Should you have someone who offers their opinion, and it not what you believe to be true regarding your schooling, your work, your goals, your hopes and dreams, promise me that you will prove that person wrong – especially if you really, really want to do this. Then promise me – and yourself – that you will.
Monette, Court Reporting Whisperer, may be reached: Monette@ARTCS.com and Monette@CRRbooks.com
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