Salesman says education 'priceless'
Occupation: Salesman at ASCO Equipment
Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo College; bachelor's and master's degrees from West Texas A&M University.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
Once you're the manager of a department or team of people, many times there's no one to ask what to do. That's when all of the hours of studying those books and using your brain come into play. I can tell a big difference between someone who has committed years of their life to college and made it through. They understand what it takes to stay with something and usually make extremely great employees.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I had to pay for school myself and was able to do so by working a full-time job. It was not easy, and my grades could have been a bit better. However, employers value that and understand I could multitask because I did it for five years and made it through.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Priceless. I would not be where I am today without it. I think I could have done the required activities and duties in the jobs I have had without going to college. However, the doors wouldn't have opened if I hadn't obtained my degree. There is a world of very smart people out there.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
When I was able to provide for myself and my family a standard of living well above the norm. I have learned that life isn't all about money. However, many of the things that make our life comfortable and fun are purchased with money. Getting those degrees made it all possible.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Call me and let's eat lunch, I'll buy the meal if you can bring me a list of legitimate reasons as to why you think not continuing is a good idea. For 99.99 percent of people, I don't think the list will be very long and more importantly, list good reasons. So plan on buying, and I like a big ribeye!