School will be starting very soon! Kids will grab their backpack and head for the classroom. Do you remember your first day of school? My school supplies consisted of crayons and a mat for nap time. Naps were required then. Later in grade school, the naps disappeared. However, it was still a bit easier for I didn’t have homework. I changed school in 3rd grade, that was a challenge. I was behind and had to catch up. They were teaching cursive and multiplication, things I didn’t know existed then. Homework started. Once I caught up, then it became routine. Even though school got more rigid, I got more serious and had a deep passion to learn.
After college my life changed. I was now in the REAL world. With my first job, instead of naps I got overtime. I did start the first week of January in public accounting, where 60-hour work weeks were mandatory. A LOT more was expected of me. To gain and keep my Certified Public Accountant license I needed even more learning. So besides working I had to squeeze in my continuing education. Not everyone takes this path. Did you know that 40% of high school graduates never read a book?
It’s been a long time since I was in school, but I still have a strong passion to learn. Now I learn through books, webinars, presentations and such. To develop my leadership skills, I also belong to the local Toastmaster’s group. You’re invited to our open house, September 25th. Come check us out. More information at: deperetalkofthetown.toastmastersclubs.org/directions.html.
Mary Guldan-Lindstrom, CPA