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Thankfully, My Son Found a Plan that Worked for Him

Posted Date: 06/15/2018
By: Wayne Thornberry

I always envisioned my son earning a bachelor’s degree. I never hesitated to tell him about my vision for his life.     

In high school, he took care of business and was in position to go to college and earn a degree. Once he graduated, he attended a community college. I’ll never forget after his third semester, he said, “I am not the type of person to work in an office all day. I’m not going back to school next semester.”

I became discouraged and asked him what his plan was and he said, “I am not sure right now. I never wanted to go to college. But I knew you wanted me to go so I tried, but it is not for me.” He enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, received his license, and worked as a CNA for about three years. But he realized that being a CNA was not his passion, so he went to work for a dump truck fabricator, where they put him through extensive training on how to fabricate dump trucks. During the training, my son discovered his career passion.

That’s when I realized how my concern for his education impacted his life. He was determined to find a career that he’s passionate about. He was willing to get the necessary education to reach that goal. My plan for him did not work but thankfully, he carved his own successful niche in life.           

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