What was adolescence like for you? Did you have a rebellious period, and what was it like?
I have been thinking about this lately- I'm one of 11 ,and I'm considered the good son, and my mom's favorite. It's probably because I had the least amount of drama as a teenager. I had my dirt, but I wasn't crazy about it. I could operate within my parent's rules; those I did break I usually did without too much fanfare. NEVER did I get in trouble for breaking a curfew; I broke it, but I never got caught.
How important was it to you to do well at school (or further studies)?
I was in all those honors classes (except the sciences); but the older I get the less compelled I felt to get the best grades. I was accepted into college by early senior year, had some nice scholarships lined up, and an internship as well. I did my work; so it was no need to place higher in my class. I wasn't going to be number 1 or 2; nobody cares if you were number 36 or 63, unless your graduating class was 63 LOL.
In college I started having a little too much fun, and didn't apply myself, until my junior year. That was my best year. Once I was a senior, and had a job lined up, I started to wane again.
School is okay, but IMO there was no overly compelling reason to get As, because in the grand scheme of things, they are pointless. I understood the subject matter, did well where it counted, but the 'little things' like being in class and being on time were immaterial to me. I hated classes where the teacher docked you for lateness of absenteeism.
What is your opinion of people with qualifications such as Doctorate or Masters degrees? Do they automatically gain your respect?
No. There are a bunch of IDIOTS walking around with alphabets after their name. They may get my attention initially, but only after they prove they know their stuff do they get my respect. Technology makes it too easy to excel in most academics.
I have a masters, and while it does gain me additional consideration sometimes, it's a combination of experience and professional credentials that I put stock in. Again, anybody can pass a test; that's all book knowledge. Do you know how to apply it? That's my question.
Have you ever lost your temper and exploded emotionally (raising your voice, screaming, crying)? What brought it on?
Dealing with my girlfriend, yes. I couldn't believe it; because I've never had that happen to me in the past. It was more frustration than anger; she wasn't who I thought she was, and I felt obliged to keep seeing her because in my mind we were going to get married. It wasn't working like I thought and that pissed me off. Breaking up with her and seeing that it's not the end of the world has helped a whole lot.