I think there is real value in everyone’s beliefs. As someone who spends a great deal of time hiring and working with employees, I deal with a fair amount of typical job-hunting rhetoric like “I’m a hard worker,” or “Everyone’s always said I’m responsible.” That’s all well and good. But when I hire someone, I really want to know who they are. In a nutshell, I look for raw honesty.
There is, therefore, value in writing a “This I Believe” essay. You may not want to necessarily send yours to an employer. But writing an essay purely stating your beliefs or something you believe in is not only therapeutic but it’s a journey in self-discovery. The one I wrote about some personal and professional beliefs was so revealing to me that I put in on my homepage. Again, I’m not suggesting you do that.
What I am suggesting is take a moment to review the NPR guidelines for writing an essay of this nature. Take a moment, clear your mind and just write you. Who knows? You may find something out.
And by the way, I thoroughly enjoy word clouds. I just think they’re interesting. Try pasting your “This I Believe” essay into a wordle.net window and generate a cool word cloud for your site or for fun! Mine appears at the top of this post and on the front page.