There are two rules for ultimate success in life.
1. Never tell everything you know.
So here’s a little about me. I am currently an under-employed digital marketer, an overworked work at home dad, and an underachieving employee of my wife’s business. That may seem like a lot for you to digest, but if we’re going to have some sort of relationship I think it’s only fair that I lay all my cards on the table.
Additionally, I like to play outside in the snow, dirt, and mud. My next-door neighbors, as kind as they are, have been asked to not shovel my sidewalks or driveway for me–I enjoy doing it myself. Living in Utah I have an abundant number of ski resorts to make use of (which I do), and when the cash flow is low I like to pick a mountain and do some back country skiing.
While I understand the importance of people getting a formal education, I never really made peace with the thought that this rule applied to me as well. After all, if everyone else is educated and I have a question, can’t I just ask them? You don’t even know my parents, and you already sympathize with them don’t you. When I finished junior high school I said I was done with school forever. But somehow, a mere three months later I found myself in high school. After four incredibly fun (except for when report cards came out) years of high school I declared once again: The education of Troy Pattee has ended. But once again I was wrong and eventually found myself enrolled in college. When every semester ended I would whoop and holler because I was that much closer to the end. And then finally, FINALLY, that great day came when they gave me that amazing bachelor degree which, to me, meant that I would never need to spend another moment in school. What a relief. Well, if you’ve seen a pattern in my story it may mean you have an aptitude for logical thinking, something I never had, because after a few years in the bitter corporate world I enrolled in my Masters program. If you saw that coming please raise your hand. Two long years went by and they finally told me I had an MBA and the world was my oyster. Well, the bad news is that I’m not really that fond of oysters. But the good news is that I think I’ve finally realized that I should never say never when it comes to my education. The end. (Hopefully. I’m NOT saying I won’t go back to school, oh hand of fate)