Career Development: When I graduated from high school…. My plan was to go back to Miami, Florida, the place of my birth for a few years, then off to California… but something happened along the way. I fell “in love” with a South Carolina girl. She was 18, and I was 19, when we married.
I started attending college in the Evening School at age 20. I started with Accounting and English, but I didn’t particularly care for accounting (poor in math), but stuck with it. In fact, I didn’t like anything to do with “higher-education.” With two accounting courses under my belt, I found myself working in the accounting/business environment. I stayed with that, as I discovered that I made more money in that pursuit, and I decided that if I “learned to like it” than, I might make more money… My theory turned out to be correct.
I bounced from “job-to-job,” trying to find my “niche,” in the business world. And, accordingly, I’ve been involved in an array of “counter-productive career” pursuits, mainly for whatever increase in salary that I might receive. Through this process, I began to “collect” a business background that has “served me well” for over 50 years.
I’ve either owned, managed, or operated, the following different businesses (not in sequential order): Liquor wholesales, appliances wholesale distributor, restaurants, motels, hotels, taxi-cabs, maintenance service, residential/commercial construction, land development, real estate appraising, politics, property management, engineering, publishing, janitorial, heavy-construction equipment sales, automobile sales, pots and pans, business consultant, grocery stores, real estate, and religious ministry.
The foundation, or common denominator, for that diverse variety has been ACCOUNTING. If one does not know how to account for their funds, then, by golly…they’re in trouble.
I might add, too, that I was 33 years old, married 14 years, and had three children, and now…two-degrees smarter, when I finally graduated from College. I point out “all of this career background” to emphasize that our EDUCATION doesn’t start, or end, with formal schooling, but with the accumulated business and life experiences one GAINS “over time.” Further… one NEVER stops their education process, as it is an on-going process, even for “so-called” Leaders and Managers.
There are hundreds of “educational opportunities” available to all of us. Some are “very formal” in nature, others consist of seminars, business retreats, continuing education credit, and certificate programs. We should NEVER stop the educational process. The IT phenomena is “proof positive” that all of us need to stay abreast of all educational opportunities.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 – For wisdom [is] a defense, [and] money [is] a defense: but the Excellency of knowledge [is, that] wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Proverbs 16:16 – How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! Proverbs 18:15 – The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. Proverbs 9:9 – Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.
We have an OBLIGATION to share our KNOWLEDGE with our children, family members, and co-workers. Sharing knowledge is “part and parcel” of Tithing, the Golden Rule, and Loving our neighbor as ourselves.