IN my previous post, I shared why I made the decision to come back to school. There were many factors in doing so. One factor in particular is that I want to pursue a career that will bless the lives of others. What blesses the lives of other more than education? Now, that's a debatable question, but truly, education does indeed bless the lives of individuals.
I have many friends who swear that formal education is evil. IN some regards, they have reason to believe so. If we take a step back and look at the existing educational structure we can point out some blaring problems.
one imperfection is that We promote socially. I don't discredit the value of social interaction. interpersonal reactions with people your same age is incredibly valuable. However, what I want to address is that we move kids along before they are ready to receive the next step of instruction.
I remember growing up and observing kids in my grade that were absolutely brilliant. Kids that should have been two or three grades ahead. I also remember observing kids who were on the opposite end of the spectrum. but in either case this students needs were not being met in the most efficient way.
Many of these kids believed that school was bogus because they couldn't see how it was benefiting them. our curren't educational system pushed them into this corner that made them believe they were stupid. That couldn't be further from the truth. These kids are brilliant we just didn't fill the gaps of their knowledge on their timeframe.
I believe that we can change. I am not naive is saying that efforts aren't already underway. I am not naive to say that it is instantaneous. a mouse will never be successful in trying to push a freight train into motion all by himself. What I am suggestion is that with enough mice we can get that train moving.
Change isn't impossible but it will take a village to perfect the imperfect.
DECISIONS. WHO CAN EXCAPE THEM. WE OFTEN MAKE THEM WITH GOOD INTENTIONS BUT SO OFTEN THEY TURN OUT WRONG. EVEN WORSE, SOMETIMES WE MAKE BAD DECISIONS AND THEY TURN OUT good. IF YOUR LUCKY YOU GET THE OCCASIONAL BREAK AND MAKE A GOOD DECISION WITH A GOOD OUTCOME.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, I MADE A RATHER DRASTIC AND DIFFICULT DECISION TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. TO SOME THAT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A BIG DECISION. BUT PLEASE, BEFORE JUDGEMENT IS PASSED, LET ME SHARE A BIT OF MY LIFE AND SOME OF MY INTERESTS AS THIS WILL ALTER YOUR PERSPECTIVE.
I LOVE THE OUTDOORS, I LOVE MY FAMILY, I LOVE GOD AND MY SAVIOR, I LOVE LEARNING, I LOVE APPLYING, I LOVE TEACHING. I ENJOY CREATING THINGS. SEEING THINGS COME TO LIFE. SO IN 2009, AFTER A FAILED ATTEMPT AT APPLYING FOR THE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM I DECIDED TO PURSUE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT. DURING THAT TIME, I GAINED MANY SKILLS AND REALLY CAME TO LOVE TEACHING THROUGH TEACHING LABS AND WORKSHOPS AS A CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT TEACHING ASSISTANT.
2013, I GRADUATED WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT. I HAD THE WORLD IN MY HANDS. AFTER ALL, I HAD A DIPLOMA, FROM A RENOWN UNIVERSITY. A NEW JOB AS A RESIDENTIAL PROJECT MANAGER WITH ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IN THE NATION. WHAT COULD STOP ME? WHO COULD STOP ME? I WAS GOING TO KILL IT.
IT DIDNT' LAST LONG. IN 2014, I PARTED WAYS WITH THAT COMPANY. I HATED IT, NOT THE PEOPLE OF COURSE, BUT I HATED THE SCOPE OF WORK. IT WAS MISERABLE WORKING CONDITIONS, BLASTING HOT OR EXTREMELY COLD AND VERY LONG HOURS. I RARELY HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE FROM MY OWN COMPANY, OPPORTUNITIES TO BECOME A PART OF THE COMPANY FAMILY. I COULDN'T PLEASE CLIENTS. I COULDN'T PLEASE MY MANAGER. I WAS ALONE AND FRUSTRATED.
I'LL ADMIT, I WAS VERY NIAVE WHEN I CAME INTO THAT JOB BUT LETS FACE IT. I KNEW THAT JOB WAS A MEANS TO AN END. I WASN'T GOING TO STICK AROUND BABYSITTING GROWN MEN FOREVER. I ALWAYS HAD GRADUATE SCHOOL IN MY SCOPE.
I STARTED A MASTERS DEGREE IN REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT THAT SAME YEAR. I WAS EXCITED. I WANTED TO BE THE NEXT DONALD TRUMP - BUT WITH JUST THE "T" WITHOUT THE "RUMP". I EXCELLED IN SCHOOL AND MET A LOT OF FABULOUS PEOPLE.
2015, I GRADUATED, SWORE OFF ANY MORE SCHOOL, AND LANDED A JOB WITH ANOTHER LARGE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IN THEIR LAND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. THIS TIME, I WAS A BIT MORE CAUTIOUS BUT INCREDIBLY EXCITED FOR WHAT WAS IN STORE. I KNEW I HAD A LOT TO LEARN, A LOT TO EXPERIENCE AND TO GAIN BUT I WAS THIRSTY TO GET STARTED.
2016, I LEFT THAT COMPANY. BUT THIS TIME, IT WAS DUE TO PEOPLE AND POOR DECISIONS. IT WAS ONE OF MY FIRST EXPERIENCES MAKING A TRULY HARD DECISION. I WAS WORKING MY WAY UP THE CHAIN, I EVEN WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD BE THE NEXT DIVISION PRESIDENT IF I KEPT IT UP. I WAS LIVING WHERE I WANTED TO RAISE MY FAMILY. I WAS MAKING GREAT MONEY AND MAKING PROGRESS TOWARDS SAVING FOR A NEW HOME AND PAYING DOWN SCHOOL LOANS. MY FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT.
THAT WAS UNTIL I STARTED TAKING ON MORE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES. I WAS EXPOSED TO MANY DARK LINGERING SHADOWS I COULDN'T IGNORE. THE FORMER DIVISION PRESIDENT WAS FIRED FOR ADDRESSING UNETHICAL DECISIONS CORPORATE WAS MAKING. DECISIONS, NO ONE COULD SIMPLY GIVE THE COLD SHOULDER TO.
I DIDN'T WANT TO BE APART OF IT. I DIDN'T WANT MY NAME TO BE TAINTED. SO I MADE A TOUGH DECISION, I LEFT THAT ORGANIZATION AND IN DOING SO I TOOK A SIGNIFICANT PAYCUT. I BEGAN WORKING WITH THE FORMER DIVISION PRESIDENT ON A NEW VENTURE ESTABLISHING A CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY. WE HAD A GREAT BUSINESS MODEL IN THE WORKS, WE HAD THE FUNDING, AND WE HAD A GREAT TEAM. IT WAS THE PERFECT STORM. AGAIN, THE FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT.
BUT IT WOULDN'T LAST LONG. I WAS A COUPLE MONTHS INTO THAT NEW JOB AS OPERATIONS MANAGER OUR INVESTOR DECIDED TO CHANGE HIS BUSINESS MOEDEL AND STRATEGY AND BEGIN TO CALL THE SHOTS HIMSELF. OFTEN, IGNORING THE ADVICE HIS EXPERIENCED TEAM GAVE. IT WASN'T BAD UNTIL A LARGE RIFT BEGAN TO APPEAR BETWEEN THE INVESTOR AND THE REST OF THE TEAM. AGAIN, EMPLOYMENT WAS FALLING APART.
HOWEVER, I WAS LUCKLY TO RECEIVE SOME ENCOURAGEMENT FROM MY FATHER. HE EXPOSED ME TO INSTRUCTIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY (IP&T). AT FIRST I IGNORED HIS SUGGESTION TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. I HAD SWORN OFF SCHOOL, MY WIFE AND KIDS WERE SETTLING INTO THE COMMUNITY, WE HAD MADE MANY NEW FRIENDS AND WERE REALLY FITTING IN. I HAD NOT REASON TO LOOK INTO THIS PROGRAM.
BUT ONE DAY IT WAS LIKE A FIRE THAT HAD BEEN EXTINGUISHED SEVERAL YEARS WAS REIGNITED. SOMETHING ABOUT INSTRUCTIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY WAS BECKONING ME. BEFORE I KNEW IT, I WAS APPLYING TO THE IP&T PROGRAM AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY.
A MONTH LATER, I RECEIVED THE UNEXPECTED, AN ACCEPTANCE LETTER TO THE IP&T PROGRAM AND WAS FACED WITH AN INCREDIBLY HARD DECISION. I STRUGGLED INTERNALLY BUT AT THE SAME TIME RECOGNIZED THAT MY EMPLOYMENT UNTIL THIS POINT HAD BEEN VERY UNSTABLE. I WAS EXHAUSTED AND WANTED RELIABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT.
BUT WAS THAT WORTH THE COST OF UPROOTING MY FAMILY? IT WOULD MEAN RETURNING TO STUDENT POVERTY, IT WOULD MEAN TAKING MY BOYS AWAY FROM THEIR FRIENDS, IT WOULD MEAN TAKING MY WIFE AWAY FROM HER RUNNING PARTNERS AND FRIENDS. IT WOULD MEAN THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO START OVER.
TODAY, I HAVE BEEN IN THE IP&T PROGRAM FOR FOUR MONTHS. IT HAS BEEN FOUR MONTHS OF SCRAPING BY. FOUR MONTHS OF UPS AND DOWNS. FOUR MONTHS OF UNCERTAINTY OF WEATHER WE WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE ON. FOUR MONTHS OF HOW AM I GOING TO APPLY THIS TO A CAREER AND IS IT EVEN A CAREER I WANT TO PURSUE? I ADMIT, THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL TIMES WHERE I QUESTIONED WHETHER I MADE THE CORRECT DECISION AND WANTED TO CALL IT QUITS.
BUT JUST A WEEK AGO, I WAS GIVEN AN ASSIGNMENT IN A FOUNDATIONS COURSE. AN ASSIGNMENT THAT ONCE AGAIN REKINDLED THAT FIRE. THE FIRE CONFIRMS THAT I MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE. EVEN THOUGH I INVESTED SEVERAL YEARS TO A DISCIPLINE I AM NO LONGER FOCUSING 100 PERCENT ON, I DON'T REGRET MY CHOSEN PATH.
I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE FACED WITH DECISIONS THAT ARE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. DECISIONS THAT MOLD US. DECISIONS THAT LEAD US DOWN DIFFICULT PATHS THAT PREPARE US TO BE BETTER PEOPLE. EXPERIENCES THAT GIVE US A GOOD SOLID FOUNDATION THAT PREPARE US TO TAKE OPPORTUNITIES WHEN WE SEE THEM.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR CHALLENGING DECISIONS AS I AM BEGINNING TO SEE THE SCULPTURE TAKE SHAPE.