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.
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.