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Rixynes Rodriguez Professor Megan Kowalski English 201 7 February 2011 Is Goal Orientation the way to a Successful Life? Should students focus on setting goals and working to accomplish those goals? Or should they focus on studying skills and applying them to their life? John Andrew Williams is the author of “How do I encourage my son to bring up his GPA?”. Williams was able to use pathos and logos to convincingly convey his point that parents should stop focusing on goals and take more time to focus on the process behind reaching them. His essay tries to persuade parents that goals are good in theory, but not the best idea in terms of getting good grades in reality. Students fear the goal-approaching conversation in school because kids start to connect emotions to their grades. Once their emotions are involved, their grades become difficult to change. As a result the conversations between parents and children are harder. Williams uses three main problems in hopes of persuading his audience. His initial argument addresses that having too many goals results in no goals at all. The second problem he uses is that goals focus on the final outcome instead of the process behind achieving them. His final concern is that goals carry a judgment and the outcome can be either good or bad. He takes the time to analyze these three issues and offers solutions to them. As he is going through each problem he uses rhetorical appeals to convince parents, his intended audience. To me parents are a realistic audience, but not the best audience for this situation. As a young adult, I have the best judgment call on this topic because I am neither a child nor a parent.
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I can look at the goal setting approach from a non-involved party. I am not a parent therefore I don’t have to follow his advice on how to teach my kids, but I am also not a child meaning I don’t have to follow my parents rules. Although the intended audience is parents, the best audience is young adults who are starting to live life on their own. The first dilemma Williams explains is that having too many goals at one time means most of those goals will not get accomplished. His solution is to try to focus on a specific outcome at a time. He involves some emotions by giving an example from his life. “I’ve written down a dozen or more goals, printed our the paper, and posted it on my wall and then felt pretty good about this accomplishment. Look at everything I’m going to get done this year!”, the year would go by and only two of the goals actually got accomplished (Williams). I can definitely relate to his example. In the past I have been
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