Helping others is one of the most important aspects of human life. Since I was a child, I have thought that it is important to help others as much as possible. Humans are not alone in this world and it makes life more bearable if one shares it with others. Most professions in life help other people in different ways. The discipline I have chosen help people to do one of the most important activities a human being can learn to do in his or her life: read. Reading is vital in many ways, helping people access many academic works and allowing them not only to immerse themselves into civilization. It helps people grow as a person as well. This is especially imperative for children, who are the most impressionable and still have a great part of their life ahead of them. I believe being a Licensed Dyslexia Specialist in tutoring children is the job for me because many events in my life have led me to it. This has given me many personal traits that one needs to perform this role effectively, which is incredible because many of the activities that one must do give me great personal satisfaction. I aspire in this field as it allows me to help others, not only by being a professional, but by performing pro bono community service as well. Although some people believe the most central aspect of one’s occupation should be the money it generates, I believe helping others is the most significant part of human life.
Many people have greatly influenced my decisionto embark on the journey of being a Licensed Dyslexia Specialist mentoring children, the greatest of which was a woman that tutored children with dyslexia herself. The person that most led me to my professional dicision was a woman named Edith Hogan. After looking endlessly for someone to help me, my mother introduced her to me because of a diagnosis of dyslexia at the age of 12, not even being able to read The Cat in the Hat. I will never forget the first day she tutored me. She sat me down and asked, “What do you think you do well?” I told her I excel at sports and listed four other things that I did well: sports, drawing, singing and swimming. Then Mrs. Hogan questioned me, “What do you think, on a scale of one to ten, your worth is, one being the lowest and ten being the highest” I told Mrs. Hogan I was worth a six. At this moment when Mrs. Hogan looked at me in the eyes and said, “Jenny you have importance and you have worth.” Mrs. Hogan went on to show me the numerous famous people that where diagnosed with dyslexia, including Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DaVinci. Furthermore, she told me that these men made history even with their learning disability. It is through Mrs. Hogan’s compassion on my behalf to see more in myself that led me to want to be a Licensed Dyslexia Specialist. I want to be a dyslexia specialist because I know how children and adults feel about their personal struggles of not being able to read or spell correctly. I was with Mrs. Hogan for 4 years and at the end of the year, I was able to read The Lord of the Rings without a problem. Through hard work, you can accomplish anything!
Apart from vocation and will, there are many personal skills one needs to be a Licensed Dyslexia Specialist tutoring children. While there are some of the qualities that I do not actually have, I believe that my compassion, my patience and my love for knowledge are the most important ones. One of the reasons why compassion is so vital for me in my carreer is the compassion that Mrs. Hogan showed towards me. In my career of being a dyslexia specialist, I am determined to show compassion toward the people I tutor showing them that they have worth and meaning in this world, my pupils can accomplish anything they set their mind to!“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well” (Goodreads). A person must be patient if he or she wants to do this job effectively because it is a job that takes time, often frustrating not only the learner but the professional as well. Finally, my love for knowledge is another key attribute because that is what I will be indirectly transmitting: the ability to learn more. This gives me great personal satisfaction, motivating me even more to keep doing and growing in this profession. Even though many people believe that this is essential, some also think that money is primordial. In my opinion, this is secondary, and helping others is what is most central, especially if it leads them to gain knowledge.
I believe that it is not enough to want to help someone, but it also requires to be prepared enough to do it effectively. One may have the vocation and personal qualities that are needed to be a successful helper, but lack the professional tools and knowledge, which are also vital. Even though many people feel that it is right and just to help others, many are not really qualified to do this. Thus, scholarly preparation is very significant, as it enhances your abilities. I think academic excellence is essential and it is not sufficient to do it only in moment, but throughout your whole life. Many people think the education one receives at one point in one’s life is satisfactory, yet I think it is key to keep actualizing the knowledge one has. This is vital not only due to new developments, but to refresh old ones as well. Therefore, academic preparation is very central because it helps you to be a better professional throughout your whole life.
In conclusion, I believe there are many aspects of my life that have led me to be a Licensed Dyslexia Specialist tutoring children, because it will allow me to help others and keep in touch with the personal qualities I cherish the most. When I was a child, with the help of Mrs. Hogan, I saw how this profession allowed people to be compassionate and help others. Personal traits such as these and love for knowledge also help me out in this profession. Furthermore, I believe it is more important to help others than to earn a lot of money. In addition, it is imperative to know how to do this, as vocation and personality are not enough. Academic excellence is vital, not only in the university, but also in all throughout life to keep up with new developments and refresh past knowledge.In my opinion, these are central in the world and I am proud and glad to have chosen a career that allows be to develop myself personally as well as professionally. Many people compromise their own personal values for money. Some may call me idealistic, but I believe that making others feel good and improve themselvesis an important part of one’s mission in the world as well. One must be compassionate towards others to be able to help them, allowing them to help others in their turn. As the Buddha said, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened” (Personal Excellence).
Goodreads. (2015). Quotes About Helping Others. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/helping-others
Personal Excellence. (2015). 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Vol. 4. Retrieved from http://personalexcellence.co/blog/101-most-inspiring-quotes-part-4/.