Nearly 40 years after graduating high school I have finally gotten an advanced degree beyond that diploma. Just for your information, I am proud of that diploma from Minot, North Dakota. I may have been mid 300s in a class of 700 but… I did graduate.
The degree that I awarded to myself is BSHK. It is a Bachelor from the School of Hard Knocks. I haven’t gone through many of the hardest classes as others have, but I firmly believe that what I’ve been through qualifies me for a degree from the school.
This degree basically states that I’ve been rejected, told I’m an idiot, my ideas are stupid and unworkable, and I’m an uneducated peon, my entire philosophy is off kilter, it’s not relatable to the real world and my curiosity is questionable… so be it by those nay Sayers. I know what I’ve said and done, and while not proud of everything I’ve done…I stand by them.
From being bullied by a former District Manager/VP of Wells Fargo because I didn’t have a piece of paper that said I wasted 4 years, instead of supporting my family, in college to being put into a black hole because I didn’t conform to the Branch Manager and Account Managers ideas of fleecing the client out of thousands of dollars. I’m ready to plow ahead and “Put a ding in the Universe” with my new degree.
I have survived expansions, cut-backs, managers who ruled by intimidation, employees who informed on me, those who sucked up to get favors and then stabbed me in the lower back, and…well I could go on for a while but I ain’t gonna whine. Suffice to say my methods worked and will work for any company, site, or individual.
I have always marched to the beat of another drum… much to the chagrin of my managers and the companies I worked for. I’ve never, except in the early part of my career, conformed to the corporate line. It got me into plenty of trouble, disciplined, and even fired at times but it was worth it to learn what I did.
So, today of all days, June 6, 2017 I celebrate 34 years in the security field. D-Day on Normandy beach. Hired on June 4 and then on Friday June 6…I got a rude introduction to the private security field. My first supervisor was, and this is not a joke, a midget. Well intentioned and intelligent but didn’t help much when he was fired.
After 14 years of being blind I am still looking for a job. The prospect may be dwindling quickly as I get older but… I’ve never been deterred by insurmountable odds. The only thing I can do at this point is to dig in my heels and keep pushing forward and knocking my head against the wall. Sooner or later the concrete will crack and break and let me through, or maybe just my head!
No need for applause or congratulatory notes. I know you all wish me well and knowing that you do is good enough. So until one of y’all decide to hire me…good wishes and take care
Robert D. Sollars assists businesses and their employees to lessen their risk of WPV as well as other security/customer service related issues. You can follow him on http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany or @robertsollars2 on twitter.
I May be Blind but my Vision is Crystal Clear