Roger Phillips +Journalist +Photographer +Fun Hog +Proud Idaho Transplant
What set you on your career path?
I worked as a commercial fisherman and served in the military before deciding to attend college. I knew if I was going to spend the time, money and energy required to get a degree, I wanted a rewarding career. Journalism was a good choice because it’s challenging, interesting and lets me make a living doing things I enjoy.
What is your definition of success?
A good balance in life. I love to play outdoors, and in order to play, I have to work so I can afford it. Working gives me a sense of accomplishment, so at the end of the week, I can ride my mountain bike, catch a fish or hike up a mountain as a reward for working. The two feed off each other, so I appreciate work for the opportunities it provides. I still deal with the hassles of everyday life, whether it’s commuting, pulling weeds or getting an oil change, but all those things are manageable if I can escape outside and recharge.
What are some of your success habits?
I never stop being curious, I never stop trying to learn (emphasis on trying) and I never assume I have everything figured out because then I might stop doing the first two. Oh, and I never say never. (Just kidding!)
What advice would you give to young aspiring writers?
Don’t fall for the myth of “follow your dreams.” Set realistic goals, have a plan and pursue it. I treat writing like a job skill as much as an art. Before I went to journalism school, I knew how to write—we all do—but I wanted to make a living at it, so I had to get better and learn to become a professional.