Today I'd like welcome Kevin Douglas Wright, author of "You Are Graduating Soon: What's After High School?" to the Thursday interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!
Kevin Douglas Wright was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey. His first book, "You Are Graduating Soon: What's After High School?," began as a short, motivational email. It was a quick inspirational message to his smart, young nephew who simply refused to do his homework and get good grades. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. In addition, he graduated from Keiser University with an Associate of Science degree in Information Technology. He has worked for some of America's best known companies: Hallmark, Merrill Lynch, AMC Theatres, AVIS, Bank of America, Kelly IT Services, American Express, and Prudential Florida WCI. In addition he produced, wrote, and directed the psychological horror film, "Royal Love Story From The Grave.”
OK - HERE WE GO !!
No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?
Laws are a very important part to maintaining order and peace. If I had to make a spilt second decision in the heat of the moment, I am 97% sure I would not break the law to save a loved one. If I had lots of time to make a decision, I am 99.999% sure that I would not break the law to save a loved one. Why? In today’s world full of technology, I have faith that it would not be necessary to break the law to save a loved one. Advances in medicine can save a loved one. The internet and digital video everywhere can prove someone’s innocence. I also believe that good is always fighting evil. There is a such thing as good karma and bad karma. Fortune and success favor those who are prepared and those working towards it. If I add in my personal decision to never, ever give up, I can always see or discover a small opening that would allow me to save my loved one without breaking the law.
No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Alive is eating, sleeping, waking up, going to work or looking for work, and paying your bills. Truly Living is being able to follow your passion while doing the things required to stay Alive. When you are Truly Alive, work is not viewed as work. When you are Truly Alive, you never notice the time or effort needed to reach any unbelievable goals.
No.3 What motivates you to write?
My smart, young nephew unknowingly inspired me to write my first book. All of a sudden, he refused to do his homework and get good grades. We tried everything and we are still trying different things each week. Faced with a limited amount of time and answers, I had to try something different. I had to try something that had a lasting influence without disappearing over time. I decided to transform my motivational messages and emails into more permanent paperback, audiobook, and ebook formats. If for some reason my nephew does not enroll in college in the future, my hope is that he will eventually stumble upon an old, paperback copy of his Uncle Kevin’s educational book.
No.4 Why do humans want children?
Humans want children because they want the world to continue moving forward and getting better. Humans see all of the imperfections in the world. They spend their lifetime trying to fix as many imperfections as they can before they pass away. A human knows they can’t fix everything before they pass away. So…humans have children in order to continue our fight for better living conditions and more rewarding relationships.
No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “You Are Graduating Soon: What’s After High School?”
The biggest challenge in creating this book was trying to make it inviting, entertaining, and interesting for a reader who possibly does not really like to read. My book was not created for someone with excellent grades in high school. It’s a book for someone who had average or below average grades. For this book, I decided to use large print with lots of white space. I made sure the final version of the book was short, to the point, and very easy to read. The next challenge was making sure the book offered solutions that would be available year after year and far into the future. In my book, I direct the reader to my online school as a solution and first choice. I have the power to make sure my free and low cost online school will be around forever. Inside my online school, a reader will discover constantly updated links and information to many other choices for online education. Not just my web site. This brings me to my final challenge…book reviewers. When reviewing my book, it is very easy to overlook my writings as simply an advertising brochure for only my online school. I love advertising and commercials. I find commercials very entertaining. My online school embraces all online education from many sources. When a reader visits my online school, the reader has easy unrestricted access to many other online schools from inside my school. Yes, I am promoting my version of online education and everyone else’s version of online education. In the end, this will help somebody in need. The focus should be on… “What happens to the future of the ones who don’t know that free and low cost online education exists?” I am trying to reach them and I am going to need help reaching them.
No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
I have learned that success is an interesting thing, it’s slippery, and sometimes it’s not easily understood. The only part we play in success is in the striving for success. We have to do our part. We have to try constantly without fail. Success will always happen if given enough time.
No.7 How did you come up with the title "You Are Graduating Soon: What’s After High School?"
The title is a question that almost everyone asks themselves at some point in their life. If you don’t ask yourself this question, someone will eventually ask you this question. It’s a great question and it’s a very important question…especially if you don’t have an answer for it.
Everyone does not enroll in college. Everyone does not enroll in a trade school. Everyone does not go into the military. I came up with the title because I wanted to help make it easy for someone to answer the question, “what’s after high school,” when college, trade school, and the military are not options.
No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?
I handle personal criticism by understanding that it will always be there. It’s just business. As I offer my book to the world, I am opening myself up to personal criticism and public praise. It is what it is. I am happy and thankful for the opportunity to participate in publishing a book. Critics have to exist and so do supporters. Some critics will critique me and other critics will only critique my book. I handle personal criticism by keeping my skills sharp and by keeping my reader interested, entertained, or informed.
No.9 Why should people read your book?
Everybody in the world should read my book because my book makes it easier for one person to help another person improve their life. When a person helps another person succeed in life, it’s good karma. Good fortune follows good karma.
No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?
A beautiful sunset is Something. An amazing sunrise is a different kind of Something. A crisp autumn afternoon is a different kind of Something. A gentle nighttime snowfall with fluffy snowflakes is a different kind of Something. Outer space with thousands of sparkling and twinkling stars is a different kind of Something. Outer space with no stars and only black, blank space would be an example Nothing. Nature always seems to show us more proof of Something rather than proof of Nothing.
Thanks Kevin for taking the time to answer my questions
& the best of luck with your new book!
"You Are Graduating Soon: What's After High School?"
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