I’ve been a student most of my life. Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time in “unfamily” court. While I really don’t want to be there, I kinda love it. I watch case after case and hope I’m not called next, so I can watch more. The judge is smart and fair and I like her. The process fascinates me. It’s very clickish in that you are a bit of an outcast if you don’t understand the complicated procedures. Some of the attorneys are something else, one in particular. I watch bad things happen and good things too. Good or bad, I learn more in that courtroom than most people do in law school. It’s not because I’m smarter or more capable. I just love to learn and in that courtroom as icky as it gets sometimes, I’m a sponge.
No matter what situation you find yourself in, you have to keep using your mind, keep up with change, and learn as much as possible. In fact, you really should never stop learning.
I’ve been to TED twice, the holy grail of education and smart folks. I’ve run TEDx a few times too. As the licensee and host of TEDxAmericanRiviera, I learned how to deal with some pretty challenging folks. Smart people can be really difficult. I also learned from the process. And of course I learned from the TED talks. It was heaven. I may do it again.
Lately, I’ve been building two companies. One helps accountants, bookkeepers and business owners achieve success in their business. At 74 Systems, we help them find customers, grow and manage their workflow. The other helps them learn. At astUtemy, we build amazing content, video education mostly, and our library keeps growing!
I read and listen and watch and play all day long. I can’t get enough. I love to make things work. I owned two companies called Make It Work. This was not by chance. But today, I did something I never thought I’d do. I took a test, willingly, and for no particular purpose. I took the QuickBooks Online exam. And I passed.
I’m now a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. I’m now my customer. Well, not really, but almost all of them are ProAdvisors too. Being certified in this field helps me build a connection to my clients. It helps me learn about their world and their challenges. I can speak their language and share experiences and know more about their needs.
I am proud to have passed the exam. I’m more excited about the possibilities it may lead to. Two people signed up today for astUtemy because of it. They told me they thought it was cool and it’s what led them to sign up. I was pretty stoked to hear that!
So, now, I have two more goals. The first is to pass the Xero exam, QuickBooks Online’s largest competitor. Then, back to QuickBooks for the Advanced Certification. This one is tough, but I’m going to nail it! Then, perhaps my MBA and JD. I once was a pre-med student. Nah, doctors don’t make what they used to. I changed my major 25 years ago for that same reason. Either way, I’m going to rack up every certification I can muster. I love having the badges but I love learning even more. I’m addicted and I’m not gonna stop, ever.