His story was I was wasting money spending it on unnecessary food items, clothing, or items for the our 11 children and myself or for the house. Despite my working full time and often two jobs equaling more than 40 hours in order to pay for sports and dance classes, he would continue to work night shifts and fewer than a 40 hour work week. His reasoning was he was receiving a shift differential and couldn’t work another position around those hours. His positions rarely paid similar rates to his previous jobs nor did he maintain them for more than a year. Often, he would remain unemployed for more than 6 months, saying there were no available jobs in his field.
Ironically, he wasn’t working in the field he had his degree in. He quickly transferred out the department after less than a year doing the position. He had made the mistake of a lifetime, he said. As I was getting my Masters of Science in Communication Disorders, I encouraged him to apply for his MBA. On the night before his GMAT test he blew off studying while spending it partying with his best friend and his wife. They had arrived in town for their high school reunion later that Saturday night after he took his test. I would later find out he had not prepared to take the test at all during the three months prior.
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