RCD Admits "Failure"
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Sometimes it's just too easy.  
Rich Douglas Wrote:...My story is one of failure in that regard. When I first set out to do a Ph.D., I was in my mid-20's and in the beginnings of a career as an Air Force officer. My Air Force specialty was education and training, and I saw myself one day working at a DL school after leaving the Air Force. But because I took so long to graduate, what I set out to do and what I had become had changed dramatically. By the time I graduated I was a seasoned training and development professional. I tried to go a different route once I'd taken the Ph.D., but it was a mistake. (I chaired a campus department of UoP for a year. I was then offered a dean's position at two universities very well known on this board, but turned them down to return to T&D--and the commensurate salaries.)

So now I have a Ph.D. in a field in which I do not work, I do not research, and I will likely not do so in my future. It's kind of messed up, which is why I'm fixing it.
Randell1234 Wrote:So the magic question - how are you fixing it?
Rich Douglas Wrote:Still looking for suggestions.
http://forums.degreeinfo.com/showthread....1d&t=33244

Any suggestions for Rich?  RolleyesBig GrinBig GrinBig Grin

In fairness to Doogle, that kind of candor is refreshing to see, particularly from someone who has taken a lot of hits here and elsewhere over the years.  We all make mistakes, and it takes a solid guy to admit it and share his difficult lesson.  

So although I couldn't resist the opportunity for an easy laugh at his expense, I'll leave it to others to offer those helpful hints on how he can mend his failed, mistaken and messed up life.  
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Herbert Spencer Wrote:Any suggestions for Rich?  RolleyesBig GrinBig GrinBig Grin

Yeah, sure:  Hey Rich, go take a flying...oops, forgot we were supposed to be nice, since you're being so candid and all.

Rich Douglas Wrote:I was then offered a dean's position at two universities very well known on this board, but turned them down to return to T&D--and the commensurate salaries.

So money doesn't buy happiness, eh Richie?  And the Beatles said Money Can't Buy Me Love either.  I think you're pretty much screwed then.  Money can buy hair plugs and liposuction, you might want to give that a try.

Is T&D anything like B&D?  If you have a spare $40,000 DesElms can hook you up with someone who can put a smile on your face, whether you like it or not.
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Quote:I chaired a campus department of UoP for a year. I was then offered a dean's position at two universities very well known on this board, but turned them down to return to T&D--and the commensurate salaries.

Three days ago the phone rang.
I was passing a turd and had no time.
Later my friend Moe said the Kremlin called him as a backup number asking for me and said it was about a billion dollars contract; they told Moe to ask me to call them back but I'm not...if they need me, they call me back, billions or not.
A.A Mole University
B.A London Institute of Applied Research
B.Sc Millard Fillmore
M.A International Institute for Advanced Studies
Ph.D London Institute of Applied Research
Ph.D Millard Fillmore
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#4
Some things never change ...

Here's a post from 2 years ago that is just as applicable today.

DL truth link
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#5
Once a douchebag always a douchebag.
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#6
Does Doogle Arse have liver cancer or something?  When I read that I keep seeing dying old Mickey Mantle telling the kids, "Don't be like me."   No worries, Rich, nobody ever wanted to.
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This is like one of those supposed tests for the "truly cultured person."  Like can you listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of the Lone Ranger?  Or can you listen to the 1812 Overture and not think of Quaker Oats ("this is the cereal that's shot from guns!)

So when someone says "Life is a journey, not a destination" do you think of that Aerosmith song or Ralph Waldo Emerson?  

It would be hard for me to take the advice of a guy with "Waldo" in his name, but I could probably get behind Steven Tyler.  Wasn't he (Tyler) also the guy who said "anything worth doing is worth overdoing"?

Anyway, the gist of the "life is a journey" thing seems to be that goals can sometimes blind you to the real joys of life.  

Sounds like Rich found some pretty good targets and, to his credit, he hit them.  It's good to have a college degree, it's good to have a graduate degree, it's good to have a doctorate.  Lots of pieces of paper to prove you aren't the idiot you otherwise might appear to be.

Does he have kids?  Does he have a loving family?  Does he go to church or watch his kids play sports or participate in community activities?  Or does he spend all his spare time ripping on people on the internet?  To me it looks like he's busy knocking down the other kids' sand castles instead of building his own.  Small wonder he finds his direction in life so unsatisfying.
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