originally posted by: texasgirl
I may not be all that smart but I was smart enough to quit a job I hated to start a small business on my own despite my hearing disability.
I think common sense and the ability to think quickly on your feet are huge assets in life.
Star & Kudos!
I come from a farm background. My paternal grandmother was ahead of her time and chose to concentrate on things other than a husband or children.
Hence our dad was raised by my great-grandparents on the family farm and grew up hearing that all the years of hard labor, dirt, sweat and cold were
resulting in a 50% equity in the farm that would become 100% upon my great-grandfather's passing.
More than likely the majority of those reading this have already jumped ahead and surmised that those promises wound up being worth exactly the value
of the paper they were never printed on...
As a result, Dad found himself needing to finance the purchase of what had always been presented as half his & saw the most valuable of the acreage
deliberately priced (and purchased) at a level my paternal grandmother and her siblings knew he could never afford.
This was all just mentioned as a way to give context as to why someone born and raised a farmer would be working at ALCOA for 40+ years.
Now to my Real
A classmate of mine and his younger brother were the beneficiaries of some sort of setup that, with help from the company of their deceased father as
well as insurance and Social Security, put them in the enviable position of having the funds to continue on in the academic world as long as they
produced the grades.
My old classmate was a good guy and I was happy to see him become a successful businessman. His brother, though, put on airs long before he had
reason to look down his nose at anyone.
The story your post reminded me of was one Dad told of an evening when he'd stopped in at a bar not far from Lincoln City here in Southern Indiana and
"N" was showing off the blonde babe he'd brought home for his visit and bragging of his scholastic adventures to all the "little" people who'd
graduated high school and then went to work in the actual, real world.
When Dad had heard enough about both of "N's" Masters degrees and his doctorate in philosophy (he was 40+ and still
in school), he inserted
himself into the conversation when he saw an opening. He asked "N", "Would you like me to get you an application tonight?" Of course "N" expressed
confusion. Dad said, "Well, I couldn't help over-hearing the conversation and I noticed yesterday that ALCOA has a note up on the board that they are
looking to hire four philosophers..." It got the tavern-wide snicker he'd hoped for.
I have a pretty simple rule of thumb. If I have a plumbing, residential electric, automotive or tree/landscaping problem and somebody can fix it
fast, on the first try and at a reasonable price they are a genius!