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Why even bother with this foolishness Ive got plenty on my plate I have achieved a measure of success and I dont need to improve my professional status What could I possible have been thinking The truth is I have a hunger for knowledge my interests are expanding and I believe it is my responsibility to learn something new every day Life is a gift and knowledge assures a full life Our text states that learning in our time has become a stern necessity and we have been provided with this absolute rule The individual who neglects self-development is doomed Gross 1999 pg 5 I believe this rule completely I have spent many years of my life both personally and professionally teaching myself how to do things Married at eighteen years of age a father at nineteen and poor as a church mouse made the term do-it-yourself our only option if things were going to improve From the renovation of historic houses to understanding software applications to raising our three kids I have worked diligently to make each experience a learning experience Not all but most of these experiences have been positive ones but I can honestly say that all have been enriching But the most interesting fact I have learned is this - the more I know the more I want to know The pursuit of knowledge is the first and most meaningful thing I do and I want to be equipped with all the tools to successfully continue learning I have also realized that my interests are changing and expanding My career has been for the most part a highly rewarding endeavor And financial stability while still important is no longer the most important goal I have become heavily involved in my community to the point that immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 2001 I was elected to a four-year term as alderman in the City of Franklin Just running a campaign
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