Here are notes from today’s lecture:

When it comes to academics, “when will I use this?” is the wrong question. An education is a worthwhile good in itself, even if you do not translate your skills into some immediately applicable “real-world” situation. The world is worth knowing because God made it and says it is good. So we ought to desire to understand it so that we can love it better.

That said, writing has a number of professional applications and it’s not bad to be aware of those:

  • Writing helps you learn to discipline your mind, work within fairly defined constraints, and think creatively about how to piece various parts of a thing together.
  • Many writing jobs still exist, particularly in the marketing space.
  • Finally, writing is a skill you can learn that makes you a more-rounded person and the sort of person able to provide for oneself if needed or be a more valuable, long-term employee in the right professional setting.

You might read this interview with Seth Godin to better understand the last point.

Assignment

Read Jake Johnson’s “Raising an Entrepreneur”

Prompts for Responses

  • Write a cover letter for this job using three of the six given qualities to explain why you would be good for the job: You are applying for a job as a secret agent. You must find a way to use these three qualities when explaining why you are good for the job: a) you own a dragon, b) you’re an excellent swimmer, c) you are terrified of cats, d) You have an excellent French accent, e) You have a beard, f) You can ride a unicycle.
  • Think of a problem you or your family deal with on a regular basis and propose an idea for solving that problem. (EX 1: We want to find a cheap place to get gas. Solution: Create a mobile app that lists gas station prices near a person’s location. EX 2: Many of our neighbors have dogs that play in their backyards and make a huge mess. Solution: Start a pet waste removal business (pooper scooping).) Try to avoid obvious options like “start a lemonade stand” or “start a lawn mowing business.” These are very obvious ideas and are easy businesses to start—so you have tons of competition. If you identify a more creative opportunity, you will face less competition.
  • Write 500 words about how you think about “work.” Is “work” a thing you do to earn money in exchange for your time or is “work” a thing you do to solve problems for other people in order to make a living for yourself?ut “work.” Is “work” a thing you do to earn money in exchange for your time or is “work” a thing you do to solve problems for other people in order to make a living for yourself?