I've had a lot of jobs in my life. I've worked in retail selling everything from western wear to science toys for kids. I've worked in refineries as non-destructive testing technician x-raying pipes. I've sold cars, houses, and mutual funds & life insurance. What I have never done is enjoy my work.
Money is bad motivator. I went into sales because I was chasing money. For 8 years I beat myself up because I couldn't cold call people and ask all my friends and relatives to buy what I was selling. I attended hundreds of hours of training. Read dozens of sales books and listened to at least a hundred hours of audio training on how to close people You know what, it didn't work! I'm not made to sell people stuff.
I pursued my marketing degree because I thought it would help me make more money. Later I pursued a masters in journalism because I thought it would increase my storytelling ability and allow me to make more money. It did increase my storytelling ability, but it cost me ton of money and every publication within 100 miles wants 2 years experience.
Looking back on my life I now realize the indicators were there all along for what my God-given natural skills and abilities were. I was happiest when I was volunteering in the wildlife rehab center at the Louisiana Nature Center or later at the wild bird rehab center at the zoo. I loved the days as a child when my father and I were out on the boat in the coastal marshes of south Louisiana. I need to be outdoors and in contact with wildlife on regular basis.
I'm trying to rectify that in at least one small way by becoming a Louisiana Master Naturalist. The pictures above are from a recent class. We were at the Shea Penland Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF) learning about the coastal marshes and wetlands in the area between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne. Beyond that I'm not really sure what I'm going to do. My student loans are almost maxed out. I have wife and 3 kids and I'm not sure I have time or funds to go back to college and pursue something that can get me job as a wildlife biologist. I'm just going to have to get creative here.