Good question: Easily exceeded.
When I went to college I had no real idea of what I wanted to study. Floated through a few majors (civil engineering, poli sci, etc.). For the most part I had to work full time and do school at night.
Two inspirational things led to the major of choice (Information Systems) and gave me the motivation to continue on at night school until I graduated ten years after the start.
1. I had a job on a production line. Production lines are necessary, but generally are tedious beyond belief. Also, physically challenging in a number of ways. And fairly regimented (something I do not handle all that well) because, you know, everyone has to work as a team.
Used to go on breaks at the sound of a bell. On the way to the lunch room we had to pass though the engineering wing. Used to look in the offices. The number of times I saw guys sitting back with their feet on the desk reading a book or mag was astonishing. I thought to myself – I need a job like that. That is what motivated me to complete college.
2. Through the various day jobs I held down while doing the night school thing, I noticed that the only guys in the various offices sporting beards were in IS. That is what prompted me to change my major to IS.
It all worked. I have not shaved my beard since 1982, I have a job where I can sit back with my feet on the desk reading books or magazines (or net surfing) for hours a day, and it has the bonuses of being relatively lucrative, mentally challenging and ever-changing. Couldn’t have asked for more (well, I could have, but that would be greedy).
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