I’m not sure if I need any Do-Over’s in my life… but from time to time, my brain tells me I might have been a tad bit more careful when picking some roads I’ve traveled down.
For example: The road of computer science as my college major.
I’ve told a number of people that knowing what I know now about what the degree entails, etc, that I probably would have been happier taking Computer Engineering. But the truth is, that had I done this though, I probably would not have started a company (for numerous reasons). And I like to think that JR Computer Associates, is a childhood dream come true.
But from time to time, I go down even larger roads where I have strange passions that I happily hid behind my computer science mask.
I have a strange love of finance. I love the numbers. I love the statistics. I love reading about how people run their businesses. To that end, the stock market is one of the few things I check daily… I’m not talking about checking things like the price of the Dow or Nasdaq… I go much more in depth… I read up on specific portions of the market (lately mostly about natural gas companies that have high dividend yields (most of which are known as Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) because of their business model)). I love getting into a sector and trying to understand what’s driving it. What if I had gotten my degree in finance, business, or econ? Can you imagine that Justin?
I also have a strange love of law. My mom says I love to argue. My grandma tells me I should be a lawyer. I love reading the sides to an argument. I also think law is one of the few paths that work to get into politics (strange)… which, while I don’t have a passion for politics, I do have a strange passion to want to change things that require political involvement.
But I could never imagine myself studying enough to be a lawyer… I’m not a memorizer, I’m a computer.
But can you imagine if Justin had become a lawyer?
It’s one of the few things I love about my day-to-day job now… I work with a wide array of businesses… Marketers, Lawyers, Doctors, Stock Brokers, Government Entities… All of which give me a great insight into how these things work.
But still… My brain like’s to play What-If games far to often. In fact, it might be my greatest flaw.
How’s that for a weird post?