After applying for an internship at Quicken Loans, a major mortgage company in Detroit, I was scheduled a pair of phone interviews. Interviews are nothing really new to me, I have been through my fair share and sat on both ends of the table. Throughout the interview process, there was one question that really has stuck out in my head.
“What motivates you?”
Both times I was asked that question, I responded with an answer that was generally conservative, but really represented what I felt to be true. I am self-motivated. I like the feeling of accomplishing a project and seeing the effect it has on those who can witness and partake as a direct result of my hard work. I much prefer to be behind the scenes, doing the grunt work, and smiling knowing that I did the best I could and people enjoyed themselves.
My answer has since changed.
I was unfortunate in that I was not granted the opportunity to work for Quicken Loans. When I received the phone call, I could not help but be disappointed. I had built myself up, thought about how great it would be to work in the city of Detroit. About how great it would be to live so close to my family and friends, neither of which I have spent much time with since moving away to college. I had watched videos, read articles, and talked to professors about how great of a company Quicken Loans is and how amazing it is to work there. Then when I received the courtesy call explaining that they were continuing with other prospects, I was crushed.
It was then that I realized what truly motivates me.
I am motivated by my failures. I recently finished the book “Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence” by Erik Qualman, and in it, he discusses ‘failing forward’. That is, when you fail, as we all must from time to time, use that failure to learn and move on. My recent experience, while devastating to me at the time, has really sunk in with me. After telling my family and close friends that I would no longer be moving back downstate, it dawned on me. If they don’t want me, fine – but it will be their loss, not mine.
There are many things that this process has taught me. Things such as not getting your hopes up, not putting all your eggs in the same basket, and multiple other adages (all of which I should have known). But now, more than ever, I am motivated. Motivated to become the best I can be at what I want to do; motivated to prove to my doubters and naysayers that they are wrong about me; and, most importantly, motivated to make sure that I never feel the kind of disappointment that comes with the rejection I just faced.
Motivation can be difficult to determine. But now I know what motivates me. Do You?
Tim Tebow has made a name for himself since going to college at the University of Florida. Recently, the hype surrounding Tebow has grown exponentially. In part, it is because of his play on the field, but it is also because of some of the antics he pulls.
Tebowing has taken off to be the new fad that people are taking pictures of themselves doing. Just like planking, the practice of laying down in an akward place face down as though to mimick a wooden plank, tebowing is the new game on the internet. Kids have been caught tebowing everywhere from golf courses to school hallways. Some students even got suspended for tebowing in a hall at their school, which school officials claim was a fire code violation. Even other NFL players have mimicked the move (although the motives are probably far different than that of a kid).
Recently, #Tebowing has begun trending on Twitter. (Tebowing refers to kneeling on your left knee in prayer, which Tim Tebow has been photographed doing at all points of games). But, at least to me, the Tebow kneel seems eerily similar to another kneel: the DeMolay kneel.
For those that don’t know, DeMolay is a youth organization for young men between the ages of 12-21. During meetings, the chapter prays twice. During these prayers, all active DeMolays (that is to say, young men in the organization) kneel. This kneel dates back to 1919 when the organization was formed, a good 68 years before Tebow was even born.
I don’t know if Tim Tebow ever saw a DeMolay kneel or if he just picked it up in his time growing up as a devout Evangelical Christian. But I know that these two kneels are alike, and it is hard not to draw a comparison.
Wow, this post has really taken off, but I have been noticing a few common themes in comments, so I felt that I should address them.
- I do not really believe that Tim Tebow “stole” his kneel from anyone. I recognize that Tebow has kneeled on both knees in the past and that kneeling is something that has been around since the time of Jesus and even before. The title was mainly to bring in more readers, and it appears to have worked.
- I am so glad that so many Senior and Active DeMolays have seen this post. It was originally intended for my own purposes. I love social media and the potential it offers, and I felt that keep a blog was necessary for my future career. This post was just some of my thoughts, and for a few days became an internet phenom.
- To anyone who is curious, I have my credentials listed in the resume section of this site. Listed is a brief experience of my work with Michigan DeMolay, however, that does not even come close to explaining the extent to which I have worked. If you have any doubts as to my knowledge on the subject of DeMolay, feel free to shoot me an email, I would be more than happy to answer any questions.
- This post has the potential to bring about a lot of good will upon the order of DeMolay. But posting things such as this cannot be the only form of promotion.
This past semester, I enrolled in two clases revolving around social media, one with regards to business, the other with regards to journalism. For each of these classes I had to maintain a blog.
After some thought, I decided that maintaining a blog was the easiest way to keep myself in tune with the world and to spread my thoughts in more than a 140 character setting. I chose wordpress over tumblr because, to me, it seemed more “clean” and less like your everyday social network. It seemed more like a website.
But now that I sit down to publish a post, I find it a little more difficult to write posts. But why? My other wordpress blog, which was my social media and Journalism blog, was all my assignments for that class, so that was all I wrote about on that one. And my Business class blog, which we used Tumblr for, was pretty open. We could write about whatever we wanted, as long as we also wrote about the prompts that the professor gave us.
So why do I have trouble writing these now? Well, The internet is a battle. A battle of relevance, of content. (In fact, I just read a Social Media Today article about The Great Content Challenge). It appears that I am among the few, but I don’t want to be one of the people cramming the internet full of junk, but rather of useful information.
My intention with this blog will be to pass or convey relevant information. No junk. No spam. Just stuff that I think people would like to know.
The Fall 2011 semester is finally over. I had two clases revolving around social media, and there is one thing that they both taught me for sure….. I really like having my own blog.
So this will be my new blog site. I will maintain both my old Social Media & Journalism Blog on WordPress as well as my Social Media & Business blog on Tumblr. While neither will be posted on actively anymore, they have some key insights into how I got started on blogging as well as how far I have come in my uses of such an amazing technology.
These blog posts will be many things. They will contain my ramblings about the world, they will have cool new things that I discover, they will be about the things in life that I enjoy most, but most importantly, they will all be about what I me and my opinions.
I hope that this blog provides as much for you as it does for me.
~David A. Bodine