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Dec 04, 2013

Why You Need to Read Boring Articles

It is Thanksgiving break and I am at the beach.  Nothing recharges my batteries like the sound of the ocean.  As I glance through the headlines in the morning paper, an article on unique ideas for Christmas presents catches my attention.  I read it through.  Learning about something outside other than mental health was refreshing.  I was sipping my coffee, and enjoying the serenity of my holiday weekend.  My mind drifted away to something I learned from my mentor in writing.

 “Read boring articles”, he advised me. 

Every once in a while he would read magazines or newspaper articles on topics that were outside of his scope, such as engineering, property management, or baking.  His intentional effort to keep an open mind, helped him expand his vocabulary, and provided him with a different perspective on life.

Before I became a graduate student I used to collect books.  I have found some unique books at used book sales at the county library.  My favorites are the cookbooks with detailed photographs.  

I should get back to that. 
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Maya Georgieva is a counselor with a keen interest in child maltreatment prevention. She is a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Marymount University and a volunteer crisis worker. 

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  1. 1 Tamara G. Suttle, M.Ed., LPC 11 Jan
    Hi, Maya!  I love that you wrote this!  When I first read the title I thought you were referring to boring articles in professional journals and my knee-jerk reaction was "NO!  They need to be writing so that their work appears more relevant if it seems boring." 

    However, after reading your post, I wholeheartedly agree - and not just for the purpose of expanding our vocabularies.  As a Professional Counselor in private practice, I spend half my time doing clinical work and the other half of my time I spend showing therapists how to build private practices. 

    It's this latter focus that has me cheering your post tonight because I see too many new counselors struggling to grow their businesses because they fail to look / think / read outside of that box that they entered graduate school with.  By reading outside of your discipline and even outside of your field, you'll find that there are many ways (rather than just one way) to build a private practice.

    Just wanted to drop in this evening to say "cheers to you!" for spreading the word!  Blessings to you in the new year!

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