Anytime you’re presented with a challenge, it’s tough enough trying to figure out how to face it. In this case, an adjunct from Salt Lake Community College has taken the chance to show just how to overcome one.
Cam Mosher, an adjunct instructor at SLCC, who teaches Math 920 to young adults who, as Mosher says, “Have faced difficulty in their life,” explains in writing just how to face a challenge and be successful at it. Mosher has published a book entitled, I’m OK! I’m just not finished, and can be purchased at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus bookstore.
In his book, Mosher outlines basic principles of empowerment, which in turn, will hopefully allow those who take advantage of the opportunity to, “Live an empowered life, one that you are in control of and held responsible for.” But he doesn’t stop there. Mosher goes on to explain how one may apply these principles to their way of life in order to live them. Mosher explains that he would consider the book to be based on the principles of living an empowered life. “[But] I have to define empowerment,” he says.
James Birrell, a multicultural diversity instructor at BYU, was highly impressed with what Mosher had to say in his book, and as a result, purchased several copies and decided to use it in his course, even though it was not written as a textbook. “He saw value in this book,” says Mosher. “I thought that was interesting. He explained why he saw value in it.” Mosher says that Birrell has found the book to be very effective thus far. Because it is not written in textbook form, Mosher seeks to revise it just a bit, keeping the message intact, but making it more appropriate for use as a textbook. “I’m excited to use his feedback as well as from students,” Mosher says.
Mosher demonstrates various empowerment techniques when teaching mathematics to students at SLCC, as well as leading fire-walks across burning coals as part of an empowerment program, which he conducts as part of his business aside from school. “It’s like life. It’s a challenge,” explains Mosher. “We have to learn to face the things that stop us in life and move ahead to accomplish them.”
As much as he strives to define empowerment in his book, Mosher would also like to see students at SLCC benefit from what he has written. In teaching math to students at the college, Mosher says that he is able to implement his principles of empowerment into the course by referring to them. He hopes that his students will learn to use math as a mechanism to gain these life skills.
“I use the math course to help students overcome negative beliefs and attitudes,” Mosher explains. “If they can do it successfully, they are overcoming these negative things.”
In other words, it’s challenging. Mosher defines a challenge as, “Something you believe you can’t do, but you do.” While learning from a challenge is one thing, Mosher continues, “It’s not learning so much as choosing to accept the risk.”
With this being said, Mosher also hopes that students will come to understand that, “[They are] not being controlled by the circumstances that are around,” instead Mosher says to, “Choose how [to] deal with them.”
Having a positive outlook in life certainly makes it easier, and in turn is what motivated Mosher to write his book. To touch on the title of the book, Mosher explains that in it, he focuses on our strengths as people, while asserting, “People really are okay. You can do it,” he says, “It’s just the belief that you can’t. Therefore, we really aren’t finished.”
For the most part, authors are known for giving advice in their writing. As author of his book, Mosher advises, in this case, to “Take every challenge as an opportunity to learn to build character and knowledge.” He also encourages us to, as his philosophy states, “Learn to live positively and take advantage of the opportunities to learn to grow.”
For more information on Mosher and his book, visit his website at iwalkedonfire.com.