Re: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy

Subject: Re: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy
From: Chuck Martin <cm -at- writeforyou -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:58 -0700

Andrew Plato wrote:

Moreover ... I say this about once a month now...You (collectively) really
should think twice about some of the things you post. Revealing personal
information, particularly medical information, can have very detrimental
side-affects. Potential employers search the Internet, and your comments are
now enshrined for eternity in Google.

I was unconsciously cogitating on this one last night because it just didn't rub me the right way. This morning, I realized why.

Yes, you should take care about what you post in public forums. Yes, potential employers do see what we write here. (A potential co-worker, with whom I was doing a phone interview a few months back, said that she'd seen my posts here. Being my usual self, I quipped "Well, I hope that's not a bad thing," and she responded that no, it wasn't.)

That said, we all have our flaws and pecadillos, our differences in style, our differences in demeanor, or differences in workstyle. Some of us even have what many define as handicaps, varying degrees or physical, mental, or emotional, that sometimes affect our ability to work or how we work.

But when it's relevant here, and when I can contribute (hopefully meaningfully) to a discussion here, no way will I let the fear of potential future employers keep me from making that contribution. Why? Because whatever issues I might reveal, I'm still da-..., er, doggone good at what I do. I can do excellent work of many types, and get it done on time. And if you (said potential employer) choose to exclude me because of issues such as this revealed here, then it's not only your loss, it's your customers' and users' loss as well.

What kind of business decision is it to turn away the best because they don't fit some preconceived mold?


The truest measure of a person is how they overcome their weaknesses, not how
they wallow in them. Everybody has problems. Everybody has illness. History is
filled with examples of how people overcame their illnesses or weaknesses to
become great artists, scientists or leaders. Illness is not an excuse, its a

I rest my case.


Chuck Martin
User Assistance & Experience Engineer
twriter "at" sonic "dot" net

"I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.
The day may come when the courage of Men fail, when we forsake our
friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day!
This day, we fight!"
- Aragorn

"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you."
- Gandalf


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