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QOTW 2013: Week 15: What do you expect to gain if you are indecisive?

Can’t you just make a decision already?

Last week my exams finally started.

For those that have been following along I am writing my NCIDQ exams to gain my professional accreditation in my industry, Interior Design. I am an Intern member of an organization called ARIDO which is the governing body that supports the Interior Design industry in Ontario.

Coincidentally, my wife is now the acting president of this organization.

No pressure, right?

She is very supportive of my career however there is an expectation that I finally become a registered Interior Designer during her tenure as president.

The first of three exams is now under my belt.

The next two are in a few weeks so suffice it to say I will be mired in study material in the moments I have free from my busy professional life. If you see a guy with his head buried in a book, well, that’ll be me.

The first exam was 2 intense four hour segments of design exercises to test the ability of an Interior Designer to apply program requirements, translate the requirements to floor plans, to test comprehension, problem solving ability and the knowledge of codes.

No one is meant to work in this manner in real life.

Four hours without a break.

Ridiculous.

Short term pain, long term gain. I suppose.

We all make sacrifices for future gain, right? The choices we make change the outcome of our future, for better or for worse, for as long as we shall live. Sure, in real life, if we make a poor choice we can take corrective action but we all know we have to live with the choices we make.

That’s the way this exam is structured.

Every experience is an opportunity to learn something and that’s the funny thing about exams. Exams are meant to test our ability to communicate what we have learned but in writing this first of three I am learning something new about my ability to communicate, think on my feet and make quick decisions of which I am borne to live with the consequences. No turning back. Ever.

Life experiences are not normally like that, are they?

In reality, when we make decisions we can take as much time as we need to do our due diligence and ensure the decisions are informed, well thought through and practical. Being in a position where choices are severely limited by time changes the perspective of how you decide your course of action.

This is especially challenging for me as I have a tendency to occasionally over think things and thereby potentially lose an opportunity altogether.

This test was a good opportunity to feel the freedom of making a decision and having to simply live with it.

For better or for worse.

There’s no out.

I am not really comfortable with this idea but I can see the long term gain.

Progress.

That brings us to today’s quote.

Why do I keep picking these old guys when it comes to quotes? Does the now generation not have anything interesting to say? Surely, they do, however, I am either remiss to find it or it simply feels right to respect the wisdom of the past. Now did i choose Mr. Emerson because he’s so poetic or is it because his name is Ralph too? You decide (haha).

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

 

“The past, present and future walk into a bar all at the same time. It was tense.”

 

Have a great Monday and an awesome week.

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

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

About this Author: Ralph Dopping (198 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: www.designdialog.ca


21 comments
Craig McBreen
Craig McBreen

Good luck, Sir. I'll be honest with you, I despise exams ... Argh ;) Really, but it sounds like you're a better man than I when it comes to exam time. The added pressure of your wife as Pres. though, man! Best of luck, Ralph.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR

I like the accreditation process your profession has, Ralph. But, I'm not going there and I'm not going to compare it to my profession. We have accreditation, but it's for the few and not the masses. Good for you to endure the pain and agony and, gah, your wife is president? That's horrifying pressure!

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

Hey, Ralph! I love Ralph Waldo Emerson... and that is one of my favorites, of his!

 

Study well, take a deep breath and answer the questions... I hate exams, too. I agree with Jen (below). We all have to live with the choices we make. Not only that, but so do others. You have an advantage... if you think of it as you are taking that deep breath and getting ready for the next exam.... experience.

 

Over thinking is my own major downfall when I am testing.. When I do what I do, when decisions have to be made, now, and not planned out or discussed, it is my own experiences and observations that are drawn on and from. You KNOW what to do, you KNOW how.. you know the whys and the why nots... if it wasn't for the constantly changing regulations and "codes" that politicians love to change on us sometimes for no apparent reason... (don't rant!!) Just trust what you are doing and trust yourself, Ralph.

 

We are all pulling for you. Good Luck!

Jen Olney
Jen Olney

Hi Ralph! We all make choices - every day - and we must live by the choices we make. And that's why we need to think about our decisions - and not work off the hip.

 

I wish you the best with the testing - I know that I was never great at ttaking test in school, I was always so nervous prior to the test....good luck

Lori
Lori

Hi Ralph! I so enjoy your quotes! I love the one by Emerson (er - Ralph!) We've read it before and we KNOW it but do we really act as if we believe it? I don't think we really understand the power in that quote.

Sounds like you're very busy becoming registered. Yikes! That and working a full-time job at the same time!? More power to you! The universe must be conspiring on your behalf big time!

Lori

timbo19731
timbo19731

Good luck Ralph.

 

I remember taking pension and financial advice exams a few years ago. The pensions ones were horrible!

 

Now all I need to do is learn to cook a little better and the kids will be happy!

bdorman264
bdorman264

C, when in doubt always answer C. 

 

In my professional life we have continuing ed requirements so it's very easy to pick up a designation or two along the way. I just know after you have been in the industry for awhile these tests are supposed to be a slam dunk, right? Wrong.....like you said, no pressure, huh? 

 

I feel for you sir; good luck and hopefully your wife won't grade you too hard....

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Craig McBreen Cheers Craig. It sounds worse than it is. It's messing with my blogging time though. ;-)

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Oh, Jayme. Like any dog, the bark is worse than the bite. It's really not that bad and I find it quite motivating that Janine is president this year. She has a 3 year tenure of which this is the pinnacle so I committed to get it done. You are so right that we cannot nor should we ever compare industries. What works for one is not always prudent for another. Because the work we do affects the physical surroundings of the public and corporations regulatory compliance is a big deal hence the rigor. I sure Patty would concur. Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your insights. Cheers.

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

 @AlaskaChickBlog @rdopping  My favorite Emerson quote is perfect for modern business: "What you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." Kinda like he was sick of TV commercials back in the 1840s. 

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@AlaskaChickBlog Thanks Amber! Now I feel like I can do anything. You are right, of course. I do know my stuff but I will still continue to study my association off because that's the way I roll. I m incapable of doing anything half-assed. Geez. Cheers lady and thanks for your positivity.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@Jen Olney Thanks Jen. I only get nervous if I am not prepared. That goes for presentations and well, life as well. I am not much of a from the hip kinda guy but that doesn't mean I'm not adventurous or willing to take risks. I just believe in being prepared. Cheers and thanks for your thoughts.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@Lori Thanks Lori. You know, you're more right than you know. I think it's positivity and a positive mindset that gives that quote it's true power. And it can work in reverse if you let it,right? Thanks for mentioning that and thanks for coming by. I said this was going to be a big year so it will be. For you too! :-)

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@timbo19731 Hey Tim. How are ya sir? With an export like Jamie Oliver I would expect all Brits to be awesome chefs by now. Isn't it a myth that Brits can't cook? Secretly you have taught the French and Italians everything they know, right? ;-) Thanks for coming by.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@bdorman264 Hey Bill. Yeah, I am also very familiar with continuing education. Even as an intern member of ARIDO I have to collect 16 hours per year which changes to 32 when I pass my exams. We only German 1 credit for working. Sheesh. And if I don't keep up I get the boot. Ah, it's worth it though. Cheers.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@barrettrossie @AlaskaChickBlog Boy, you sure can read a lot into THAT quote. Maybe he knew that content would be king one day. smirk.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@barrettrossie @bdorman264 Damn. Some are. What does that say?

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@KDillabough @bdorman264 Me too but I am interested in what you think too.

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