Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

I've had a few days off for some testing, and that gave me some time to reflect on what I'm doing and what I had hoped to accomplish by this point of my life.

I never really got into the usual hero type hopes as a kid. I rarely, if ever, dreamed of being a police officer, firefighter or in the military. My dreams were much different.

I wanted to be a mad scientist. I even enrolled in ChemE at UNL, which I didn't realize until recently was part of that mad scientist dream. But as I started taking those classes, I realized I didn't really have anything I wanted to do with that career path... I just thought it sounded interesting (I was wrong there) and I had heard it paid well.

Along I went into Management Training at Radio Shack. That was pretty short lived, too. I realized that the 70 - 80 hour weeks that were expected at the time for under $20k/year salary as a starting manager wasn't really what I wanted, and I ended up getting kicked out shortly before completing that program. When I lose the dream, I can't even pretend to like things.

So that brings me to where I am now. I'm considered an SEO Authority by many, I work for a growing dotCom company that survived the dot Bomb fiasco, and I have a great wife and 2 wonderful boys. I even have a startup that I put my dad in charge of, just because it sounded like fun. If you haven't seen it already, it's a social bargain hunting site based on pligg.

But how does that match my goals in life? well, I guess what I most wanted was some respect within an industry. That's occurred within both the power tool industry and the SEO community. I guess that means I'm a success, even if I get left feeling like I want to do more. I've got some ideas, so I'll see which of them comes to life first.

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