February 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 2 months.
Since I graduated college about a decade ago, I’ve been having this reoccurring dream where I’m at the end of my final semester and suddenly realize there was a Tuesday morning math class I had forgotten about the whole time, which means I won’t be able to graduate college.
It’s my subconscious’s way of saying, “Hey buddy, you’re not done learning yet. School never stops. You know that, right?”
That dream has especially been creeping up for the past year and a half and I’m pretty sure I know why…
I’ve been mentioning the PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification exam I’ve dedicated all my free time to. That has been my hobby now for the past year and a half.
(And keeping up withBreaking Bad, of course.)
The PHR certification exam is basically the equivalent to the BAR exam for aspiring lawyers.
Passing that test is the next major milestone for me building my career above and beyond my current pay grade.
SO, I didn’t pass it when I took it a few weeks ago. This is the 2nd time now. (I have to score at least 87% of the questions right- my best score was 84%.)
It wasn’t for a lack of studying and memorizing the material. But instead of blaming the organization for “making the test too hard” or tricky, I am taking full responsibility for myself.
The question is, “What can I do differently to become a victor, not a victim?”
From what I can tell, it’s a matter of “re-learning” how to learn and study; as weird as that may sound.
So I just bought two new exam study guides for the test; which are specifically designed for people like me, who study hard and learn easily, but don’t take standardized tests very well.
In other words, I’m trying a new approach to reach my difficult goal.
I’m not backing down. It’s on me to close the deal, myself. Passing this test is a lesson to teach you.
This is about you as much as it is me. I certainly have something to prove to the both of us.
While asking for help and depending on others is important, to really get somewhere in life, you have to do what it takes on your end to be the victor, not allowing yourself to be a victim of your circumstances or society.
I see life as an ongoing power struggle. Society is like a giant pyramid scheme where someone is always going to find a way to make money off of less fortunate, less creative, and/or less motivated people than themselves.
(Can you tell I’m a fan of Shark Tank?)
I want to help you climb that pyramid, but while reminding you to help others up along the way. That is the mindset I will be sharing with you… to be the victor, not victim.