Where are you struggling with being perfect?
I have struggled for years and years with the fact that I don’t have a college degree.
I have attempted to complete a degree three times now, and I just can’t seem to commit and get it done. I value education. I love to learn, to try new things, and to gain knowledge. This is a large part of why I have wrestled with the reasons behind my apparent inability to stay in school. I keep getting to the same answer: Maybe school and I are just not meant to be. I may make the attempt again, but who knows? Why is this something that continues to bother me, though I know I should probably just get it over it? Many of the clients that my company works with are highly educated (like PhD status). I very often get the question, “Oh, you must have an MBA. Where did you go to school?” or “What is your schooling background?” I am always a little embarrassed to answer that I never completed school, and I started this work right out of high school. It’s something I am both very proud of and yet still bothered by. I want to be credible in front of our clients.
I also feel that I have let down many people around me who have been so proud and delighted (Hi, mom!) on the occasions that I announce I am going back to school, only to turn around sometime later and say I dropped out. Am I bothered by this notion because I care most about what other people think, or am I bothered by the fact that I couldn’t stick to something I really wanted, or at least felt that I really wanted at the time? I know that it’s time to let it go and accept that I may never have a college degree, and be okay with it. That is what I am working on as I shed the need to be perfect. After all, haven't I proven my worth, my business savvy, and made a career I am very happy with, degree or not? That is where my thoughts need to be focused.
Your Business School Dropout
Who can relate to this? Where are my fellow college drop-outs?