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December 28, 2011

Steve Jobs was Talking to Court Reporters at Stanford

I love watching videos of inspirational people who tell their truth.  Yesterday I watched the Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford.  Because court reporting is my thing, while I listened to Steve’s words, I thought about how what he knows for sure applies to court reporters and our profession.

At one point in the speech Jobs states, “You’ve got to find what you love.  And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.  Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  Don’t settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.  And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the yeas roll on.  So keep looking until you find it.  Don’t settle.” 

It is easy to find the court reporters who love their profession.  They can be found at court reporting conferences; they belong to their state associations and NCRA.  The court reporters that love what they do are CSRs, RPRs, CCRRs, CRRs, RMRs, et cetera.  They are always working towards being better and being great.  Those court reporters are excited to go to work and make very good money.

As a firm owner I get resumes from reporters weekly.  I find it puzzling when I meet a court reporter looking for work, and I ask what steno machine they write on and what version of their CAT system, and they tell me they plan on retiring in the next five years or so and therefore have decided not to upgrade their equipment and software.  And already their equipment/software is five to ten years old. 

The court reporters who have old equipment, outdated software, in my mind, have settled.  Court reporters who have not gone to a court reporting seminar or class since they got out of court reporting school need to find a job that they love, like Jobs recommends.    I doubt those court reporters enjoy going to work most days.

I think the speech by Jobs is worthy of watching once a year.  He talks about life, death, and how life’s lessons often lead to great things.

As a court reporter, there is no better feeling than writing realtime for a room full of lawyers, taking down the words of a witness who might talk about securities, science, or any subject on the planet, and you knock it out of the park!  Your fingers are flying at 250+ wpm and your tran rate is fantastic. 

It takes years of practice, hard work, and talent to be great.  And as Jobs says, “it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” 

My 2012 wish for all court reporters everywhere is to be great.   I believe being great will bring you joy.

Happy New Year!

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7 Comments »

  1. Rosalie,

    I love reading your blog! You always have such great advice for court reporters everywhere. Steve Jobs is truly an inspiration to every human and he is surely missed on this earth. His passion for innovation and technology has spurred me to reach my full potential as a court reporter. My profession has been that of a court reporter for 30 years, and I am proud to say that I love my career still. As you said, keeping up with your equipment and skills is of the utmost importance to keep our profession viable and “great”! Thanks.

    Lynette L. Mueller, RDR, CRR, LCR, CLR
    Omega Reporting

    Comment by Lynette Mueller, RDR, CRR, LCR, CLR — December 29, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  2. Love that speech. Reminds me that I need to make my kids watch it.

    I do the same thing with “real world” knowledge, always trying to apply it to our insulated little reporting world. Inspiring people will always inspire you, if you’ll just bother to stick your head out of your provincial little shell and listen.

    Comment by Mike Miller — December 30, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  3. Mike and Lynette, I know court reporting gives both of you great joy because both of you are at the TOP OF THE COURT REPORTING WORLD! I am super proud of both of you. Happy 2012!

    Comment by Rosalie Kramm — December 30, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  4. Here in Florida, reporters who actually love what they do are few and far between. Like you, I wish these types should find something they love. Being able to provide such a necessary skill is incredibly gratifying and I personally don’t like working with those who don’t see it that way. So many people these days are just in it for the money. My position on the topic reminds me of my favorite Donald Trump quote, “Money was never a motivator for me, it was just a good way to keep score.” I’m by no means a Donald Trump fan, but this quote really hit home for me. I think if you find something you love, inherently your work WILL be great (and you won’t think twice about buying your next upgrade).

    Comment by Tony Wright — December 30, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  5. Steve Jobs was my President’s speech for our newsletter last month – Think Different! “The only way we’re going to survive is to innovate our way out of this.” Sound familiar for court reporters? “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Love your blog, Rosalie!

    Comment by Susan Kay — January 5, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  6. Your post is unfair. Jadeluxe is an excellent reporter doing realtime reporting, but she uses an old Stentura8000. She insists that a reporter only needs a machine that has realtime capability. Software, of course, should be updated.
    Also, some students study on their own. They cannot take an inclass course, but that doesn’t mean they dislike courtreporting. In fact, someone who teaches himself shows a great amount of drive and dedication, yet you seem set against hiring such a person. Isn’t the proof in the pudding and not on the resume?

    Comment by caspar — January 11, 2012 @ 10:41 am

  7. Rosalie, I found your post so inspiring! I’ve never seen that speech (you bet I’m going to click it as soon as I submit this comment) and I’m not a court reporter but I’m sitting here happy and energized. Thank you!

    Comment by Gabrielle DeCrescenzo — January 12, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

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