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QOTW 2013: Week 9: If you say you’re a Professional then act like a Professional

So, put your money where your mouth is, Mr Professional.

Some of you may have noticed my recent absence from the usual social haunts.

Well, ok, I was hoping someone would notice.

This year has started out with a strong push toward finally achieving something in my career that I have been putting off for the longest time; my professional accreditation. It’s not because I am afraid of the work, hardly. I have not needed the professional accreditation I am pursuing in order to be successful. Up to now I have been very successful in my profession but in order to tackle my future growth and in order to give back to my community I have to finally become a registered Interior Designer.

There’s a back story here that would require some time to explain so I will spare you.

Unlike Architecture or Engineering, Interior Design is not recognized in Canada as a self-regulated profession but that is likely to change very soon. The profession is hopeful that it will be granted its legislation in Ontario to become self-regulated and it’s time I supported the cause.

The first step for me, the political step and the necessary step is professional accreditation.

To get the ball rolling, I attended a study session for my exams over the past weekend. I learned that my 25 years in the profession have not taught me enough to breeze through the course work. I honestly thought it was going to be easy; a veritable cake walk.

Not so.

I honestly thought I had this thing in the bag. Ha! Funny guy. Not so much.

The classes I attended this past weekend had approximately 30 participants of which I could have been a father to most. Clearly, there are a lot of smart young folks out there that see the value of professional accreditation and member ship in our professional association.

It’s so nice to be the old man in the room. Sheesh……

During a break on Sunday I had lunch with a few of the young folks writing the test exam with me and was humbled by a comment that was so innocent yet so damn obvious.

“After 25 years in the business, why do this now?”

Why indeed! The only thing I could muster was, “Because I have to. For my future.” The answer simply got me a funny look but it’s the truth.

Look out! There are still a few more miles in this old jalopy.

That brings us to today’s quote.

Harry S. Truman, the 33rd US president, said the following which fits so well to the experiences of the last weekend I couldn’t pass it up.

If that doesn’t brighten your day then maybe this will.

I recently visited a new restaurant called Karma. There’s no menu, they just gave me what I deserved. For some reason they served me the humble pie.

Have a great Monday and an awesome week.

If you want to read last week’s quote simply click here.






About this Author: Ralph Dopping (199 Posts)

A quirky sense-o-humour coupled with an indelible sense of stylish sarcasm makes it difficult to take the world too seriously doesn't it? My faves: fun, passion and hard work. I work here everyday:

Craig McBreen
Craig McBreen 1 Like

Finally got around to it, huh? ;) Seriously congrats and you know good man, that it's never too late. I feel like I'm just getting started and it looks like you feel the same.


Take care, Mr. Dopping.

rdopping moderator

@Craig McBreen Cheers Craig. Like I said, there are a few more miles in this jalopy yet. Just getting gassed up and no not from the burritos (remember those?)

jgrossmann 1 Like

Congrats on doing this Ralph!  Now we just have to get you on the Board of ARIDO so that you truly can make an impact on our profession!  You know I'll be recruiting.


BetsyKCross 1 Like

I recently went back to school, but took this semester off- glad I did because things got too busy in my world to juggle everything plus schoolwork. So, in the meantime, I'll keep pretending that I know a lot and learn stuff "under the table" ! LOL! I really enjoyed this post. You're very creative and witty, Ralph!

rdopping moderator

 @BetsyKCross Thanks Betsy! That's so nice to say. Under the table, over the table, doesn't really matter, does it? As long as you are learning. Cheers!

barrettrossie 1 Like

I was so sure this was going to be a post about people who were acting unprofessionally. Wait.. I didn't mean anything by that, honest!! 


Congrats on going for it. It doesn't get easier, does it? 

rdopping moderator 1 Like

 @barrettrossie kind of is about people not acting professionally. Without accreditation we are hardly professional, right? Well, maybe not. Accreditation doesn't make you professional, you do. 


Nope, it doesn't get easier. I think it's easier when you are younger. You don't know as much. Gawd.  

Lori 1 Like

Thanks for the weekly chuckles Ralph! Congratulations on pursuing your professional accreditation. Nevermind how old the others are in the room - you're bringing experience to the table.

I so enjoy your chuckles. Karma restaurant! I wonder what they'd serve me. No, I don't want to know!

Hi @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  Have a great week guys!


rdopping moderator

 @Lori  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Yeah, you know I love to look for the jokes too! I find that starting the week with a positive quote and a little humour makes Monday's better. Cheers! I will visit you soon.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR 1 Like

Good stuff and congrats to you for continuing your pursuit of learning, Ralph. As the young-uns have already told  you in not so many words, they think you're stupid for caring.


We with passion for our profession never want to stop learning. In fact, because we have decades of experience doesn't mean there isn't two more decades of learning to keep it fresh and continue to re-invent to survive.