What I hear at times when I discuss this site is, “I’m not important enough to be interviewed. I’m just a working person with an average life.”
“I didn’t do anything important enough to justify an interview about my life.”
Well, the vast majority of us feel that way. Few of us became a college president or mayor or the CEO of a company. We went to work, raised kids and did the best we could.
Our built-in modesty almost compels us to feel this way.
The problem is that all of us have lived interesting lives. You think that raising a family on a limited income is not an accomplishment? You think that going to work every day for 30 years is not something to crow about?
Studs Turkel is one of America’s best known writers; he wrote “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.” See the link for the book on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Working-People-Talk-About-What/dp/1565843428.
If you want to know more about Studs Turkel, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studs_Terkel.
In essence, Turkel interviewed and wrote about average Americans. Why? Because the story of average Americans is interesting!
In my opinion, society is tired of stories about the rich and famous; they want “real” stories about “real” people, thus the endless number of reality shows now on television.
Being interviewed is not necessarily about you
But doing an interview is not necessarily about you; it’s leaving a record for everyone who comes after you. My great grandfather carries my name. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could go to a website and listen to him talk about his life?
Yep, we live mostly mundane lives but to those who love us, we are the most important influencers. They and those who come after them want to know more. Will you provide them with that opportunity?
I believe that we record ourselves not necessarily for our own gratification; we do it for our family and everyone who comes after us.
The interview guaranties that we continue to be a “real” person, not just a name in someone’s family history.
There are dozens of reasons to be interviewed and it shouldn’t be something only the wealthy do.
It should be something that all of us can partake in and be proud of.
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