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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 1305 days ago 2471 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you have been watching any of the news about this , you should have some of a opinion. I look back at the days growing up and I wish that my parents had give me more, Especially when it come to school, I did as little as I had to , just to get through school ,, and over the years I regret that I didn’t do better, but now it’s kind of late at 55 years young. I had the discipline to stay out of trouble and have never be in any encounter with the law, I’m self employed for the past 6 years and the better education that I could of done for myself could have been beneficial in that aspect. I have always encouraged the younger ones to learn when their young, cause it’s harder after your older.

One never knows what path life is going to take you. Or what kind of education one is going to have .

-- Doug, Michigan, http://www.furniturebydouglas.com



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lou

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#1 posted 1305 days ago

So true Doug,but never give up.

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1305 days ago

its never too late ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 1305 days ago

I think we all learn at least one thing a day, sometime it is a useful thing sometimes not so much. I think when we stop learning we stop living. Book learning is not the only type of education and sometimes the more letters you have after your name the less practical ability you may have.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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lilredweldingrod

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#4 posted 1305 days ago

I’m with Mark on this one. I never had the opportunity to get the engineering degree I craved.But I continued to read and I worked with professionals my whole adult life. I found I could hold my own because of the training I got from the University of OJT. And every time I hooked up with a partnership with an educated fool, it cost me thousands. God gave us a talent. If we get to add to it with education in that field, GREAT! But if not, we can still step out there and do it on our own.
Doug, you have survived the first three years. That is when we make our most disastrous business mistakes. Now you know more than any one with multiple letters after their name. These lessons are not taught in any colleges. In my experience, now the only thing is to add to and keep your customers for the next twenty years.
If you have the time and can take a few select courses that you need, do it. But a degree is not a guarantee. Your ability and your drive are.
I can name a lot of people that never had a college degree and were and are very successful…..Howard Hughes, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Joe Kennedy, Andrew Carnegie, and on and on.
The only difference in you and them? .............................The size of the dream! Never feel that you are not qualified, because if you do you are lying to yourself. 6 years of success is all the proof I need to see your abilities, now go for it, dream the dream and adjust your abilities to the dream. You are doing great!

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 1305 days ago

Growing up, my parents also didn’t give me much (We were poor) they always gave us moral support and they always seemed to find a way to help us with our education. I was not a brain surgeon type ,so University was a waste of someones hard earned money. I did go to colleage after finishing high school.
I am also in favor what Mark said. My father taught that same expression, “You will learn something everyday you live, its when you quit learning you stop living!”
I made the opportunity to further my education. My one resentment is never getting that Journeyman certificate. For 25 years I was content with what I had. When I moved EAST to this crappy economy I realized quite quickly that piece of paper would have gotten me in the door.Now when I walk in place and hand them my resumee they wonder why a person with all these credentials is applying for a job here ? (Duh , because I want to work !)Both my brother and Sister have University Degree’s, they come to ME for advice !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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RonPeters

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#6 posted 1305 days ago

I’m your age and still learning new things. School didn’t teach me much, only to read, write, add & subtract – barely… I also didn’t socialize well with others. Painfully shy until about age 35 when I fixed copiers for 6 years. Had to walk and talk to folks about the machine. After a year of that, you couldn’t shut me up!

I taught myself to learn.

My learning style isn’t one of rote memorization of useless facts. I’ve learned to study history and put dates with major events, of course, I couldn’t pass a test on it, but I don’t need to, as long as I know where to find it. I have the gist of it. I understand. I’m not a math wiz either. If I need some cyphering done that requires a degree, I’ll go find someone and hire them. So far, I haven’t needed it.

One major discovery for me is I’m a visual learner. I clearly remember telling my proctors that “I didn’t see it…”. Of course, at the time I didn’t realize it either, that I didn’t SEE IT! and they thought I didn’t hear it and would proceed to repeat themselves. Eyes glazing over…. I didn’t figure that out until my late 30’s!

Even today, if you told me how to do xyz, it would never happen. I don’t know why my brain doesn’t capture verbal instructions. You’d think being a musician that would be my strength? It wasn’t until 1990 when I started using a Macintosh computer that the light bulb went on. “OF COURSE! Now it makes sense!” was my first reaction to it. Draw me a picture and I ‘get it’.

So, don’t give up hope. We’re all in the same boat. Never quit learning. You have many more skills now than before. Be resourceful…you’ll win every time.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 1303 days ago

Hi Doug. Everyone gets a different start in life. You can always look around and find someone worse off than you and for what you have so far, you can be very thankful. The best thing to do is look forward and learn something new every day and constantly improve your self. You are already doing that with your business and learning how to use the Legacy machine.
We all learn in different ways. It sounds like you found your method. Take advantage of it and use it to learn whatever you are interested in and you’ll do great.

Good luck…....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 1303 days ago

My education didn’t stop after my degrees. The university classes taught me what I needed to become licensed in my field. They also taught me how to find information. Of the two things mentioned, the latter turned out to be by far the most important. It has meant for me a lifetime of more efficient learning. That is not to say that I’m not still learning at the U of HK! The U of HK never issues a diploma.
I have always been in awe of those that can learn a complicated skill, or apply previously learned skill to widely diverse tasks. Even more awesome are those that can produce outstanding work without any previous training, just attendance at the U of HK!

BTW, my parents had darned little to do with my formal education. 6 years of military service taught me the discipline necessary. Without the military experience, I would probably be standing on a corner holding a sign begging for food.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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