Award-winning journalist writes book to encourage others pursue their passion
Baton Rouge, LA --- Michelle McCalope, an award-winning journalist who has worked in nearly every facet of the media industry, has written a book called "Good Job" - A guide to pursuing your passions and following your dreams." The book is about taking risks, following your passion, and not being afraid to go after your dreams.
It is targeted to students and recent graduates who are trying to figure it out, adults who are stuck in dead-end jobs and want to transition to a different career, and anyone else who just wants to do more and be more.
"I’ve had many jobs over the course of my career," McCalope says. "And I've learned that it's not a good job if it's not a good job for YOU. I want to encourage people find a job or career that they really enjoy, not just one that pays the bills."
After graduating from Southern University in Baton Rouge, she moved hundreds of miles away from home to work as a paid general assignment reporter intern at the Grand Rapids Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That was followed by stints in Muskegon, Michigan; Chicago; Houston; Beaumont, Texas, and now her hometown of Baton Rouge.
Her work has been featured in the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle, JET magazine, Time magazine, People magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Emerge magazine, and O (Oprah’s) magazine. She's worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor, public relations practitioner, television reporter and substitute anchor, and web producer.
McCalope likes to say she was multimedia before multimedia was cool. In addition, she's also been a successful entrepreneur –working as a freelance writer and public relations consultant.
"Fear is the number one reason many people stay in dead-end jobs or careers they hate," McCalope says. "But you have to learn to move forward despite the fear if you're ever going to realize your dreams."
In the book, McCalope shares her career journey from the fear of leaving the comforts of home as a 22-year-old college grad to pursue her first job in Grand Rapids to working in Chicago for JET magazine to quitting that "good job" at Amoco to become a freelance writer and realizing her goal of writing for some of her favorite magazines including People and O (Oprah's) magazine. At the end of each chapter, she points out the lesson learned. Those lessons include:
People are quick to tell you “no,” but don’t let that be the final word. A friend of mine says, “No means know.” It means the person needs to know more in order to give you what you want.
Listen to yourself. Sure, it’s great to get advice from others. In fact, I recommend seeking out others’ opinions or expertise. But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. And only you know what’s best for you. Trust your own instincts.
Don’t get caught up living someone else’s life. Do what you want. It’s your life, and you only get to live it once.
Don’t let mistakes sideline you. We all make mistakes. Learn from your mistakes and move on. It’s the only way to grow.
Tell people what you want. They can’t help you if they don’t know what you want. Share your dreams and desires. You’ll be surprised what happens when you do.
"I'll walk you through my journey to help you navigate yours," she says in the book. "Let's enjoy the ride."
The book also teaches you how to deal with fear, how to develop a plan to get what you want, how to conduct informational interviews, and the importance of having the right attitude and taking advantage of opportunities that come your way.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble Citiplace in Baton Rouge, Barnes and Noble at LSU, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, the Southern University Bookstore and the Living Faith Christian Center bookstore.