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Why Didn’t Education Get Me Where I Wanted to Go?

We are bombarded with messages that getting an Education imperative to be successful.

In my first blog post, I mentioned that I was getting close to completing my Master’s Degree.  In fact, at the time of this writing, I was one course away from completing a Master’s of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management (MSEDM) with a concentration in Homeland Security from Trident University International in Cypress, CA.  Now I have completed that degree plan!!!

Education through Trident University International

Trident University International

One of the main motivations to go for the Master’s was to redeem my VA benefits.  They would expire if not used.  Both of my daughters got their Bachelor’s Degrees in 2014.  That was motivation number two.  My “day job” afforded an opportunity to get the school work accomplished.  The job that I am currently working is a night shift in an Emergency Operations Center at a US Embassy in a high threat country.  It entails many hours of down time, monitoring phones, radios and chat rooms; providing ample time to focus on studying while multitasking the other responsibilities.  All of this worked together to provide a good environment to get the Master’s done.

Shortfall number One of Education:

When you start looking for majors, you soon realize that educational institutions don’t offer degrees in Free Enterprise.

Educational Institutions don’t offer degrees in Free Enterprise.

Although I have my Master’s Degree and it might be useful in working another job, it hasn’t really brought me any closer to what I have always really wanted to do.

So we've got our Education ...Now What??

Where do we go from here?

My Navy Career in a Nutshell

I’ve had some great jobs that I really enjoyed for various reasons.  Some were in great locations like Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, Southern California and Panama.  Some provided a means to visit some great places around the world.

Serving in the Navy for nearly twenty-six years meant always being close to the ocean and being mobile.  Some positions afforded a challenge or an opportunity to learn amazing things.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with some truly great people over the years.  It amazes me that over course of my military career, I have had the opportunity to serve alongside three astronauts who have commanded the International Space Station, CAPT Bill Shepard, CDR Chris Cassidy and CAPT Barry ‘Butch’ Wilmore.  Among the famous people I have served with and for includes at least two authors, Don Mann and Marcus Luttrell; as well as a Commander of SEAL Team SIX and Naval Special Warfare Command.

I want to lead an Extraordinary Life.

Neither my Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics nor my Master’s Degree really point the way to an extraordinary life.  The Emergency and Disaster Management program was appealing since it is in the field that I am currently working and might lead to advancement in the field, but is this really what I want to do when I grow up?  I mean, I am fifty-one years old already and will be all grown up in no time.  It is about time that I start moving toward the lifestyle that I have dreamed about all my life.  When I was young, I told my father that I wanted to be my own boss…then I joined the Navy for the next 26 years.

Not Doing Bad, but Could do Better

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not in bad shape.  My current income is in the top 10% of US earners and I have no debt. [YAY!]  So, this is not meant to be a lamentation on how terribly off track my life has become.  But very few of the positive aspects of my live can be attributed to the education that I have.  Education did not get me here and I was not given much in the way of a material head start in my childhood.

Education is a good thing.  I am happy that I got my Master’s and I recommend it for most people.  It has made me more rounded and current in my field of study.  However, when you begin your education, be aware of what an education will do for you and what it will not.

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