Ray's Open Road
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United States 2008
The Newshour With Jim Lehrer
I made a life's choice-or a set of life's choices-based on what I thought I could be good at, what I could succeed at, and what I liked.
- He decided that he wanted to be in the news business when he was in high school.
- Thought that journalists were always "where the important things were happening," so he decided to set his sights on reporting.
- His interests were politics and traveling, and he recognized that by doing news, he could combine those two things.
- Says the problem with sticking with the dreams of your 19-year-old self is that they were formed with your limited 19-year-old knowledge.
- Once you learn more about how the world works, you might shed some aspects of your original dream-and that's totally normal.
- Says the best thing about his job is that he's always doing something new; he knows he couldn't do the same job year after year.
- Tells road-trippers "don't become a slave to your plans; plans should only be written in erasable soft lead pencil, or in sand."
- Says that when he started out, he looked down on television news, yet here he is, working on a public access news program that he loves.