Baby steps

On January 16 I began online coursework for a MS in Business Analytics from Wake Forest University. Here I will chronicle the things I learn, the things that frustrate me and the things that surprise me. Stay tuned as I’ll post weekly updates as I proceed from the first baby steps to walking and then running.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. — Pele
I feel like this image at the moment – antiquated.
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As we close the doors on the first week of this endeavor I think about the quote from Pele. Already in the first week I’ve seen how the unexpected (in the form of an unplanned work project and a last minute visit from family) can throw an wrench into the best laid plans. It highlights the perseverance and sacrifice required to complete on online degree while being a father, a husband, and a full-time data analyst.

It’s difficult to say, “I’m sorry, but I have school work to do,” when family arrives at your door. It’s impossible to say, “I can’t, ” when your boss asks for a project to be completed that you know will require extra hours. Here it is week one and I already find myself having to fend of distractions that I didn’t anticipate and dealing with extra hours at work. But that is the sacrifice that I have to make when the time I’ve blocked off is interrupted. And while this was certainly easy enough to deal with this week, will I still have the mental and physical energy to continue fighting through the distractions when I’m one month in? Six months?

Only time will tell if I can continue to ignore that which “demands” my attention. But here’s what I know; I want to be successful in this program for my career and most especially for my family. I know the sacrifices that are going to be required (less family time, very little Netflix, less sleep) to be a success in graduate school. I’ve embarked on this journey willing to make those sacrifices. I’ll keep you updated on my progress in the coming weeks.

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