The path from a Physics degree to an insurance agency

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I have had many people ask me how I ever went from a getting a degree in physics to becoming an insurance agent.  The answer is simple.  I made my decisions the same way for the past 11 years and they are all focused on one thing.... family. 

Right out of college and newly married my wife and I headed for a high tech job in Richardson, Tx in the telecom industry.  We loved the area, but later began to realize that it was not where we wanted to raise children.  Mergers upon mergers followed opening the doors to move back to Oklahoma and beyond if we desired, but we decided to call Owasso home.  As time ticked on we weathered layoffs, callbacks, company changes, job description changes... the works.  But one day I started to realize what my kids saw, and I did not like it very much.  They saw their dad going to work in the morning, making it home just about bedtime, being paged away from family gatherings and such, but had no idea about what "work" meant.  I wasn't teaching them to work, I was teaching them to expect me to be gone all the time.  As I pondered this one day I was impressed that it was time to change.  Time to change to a business that I could teach the kids life skills with.  Time to change to a business that I could offer them an opportunity in later.  Time to go.

So long story short, here we are, and I really couldn't ask for a better job.  I get to help people daily, and get paid to do it.  The kids are free to come to my office when needed and now I can teach them my trade.  I love it!  I hope that you love your job as much.

Comments (1)

Rick Trowe
Cerium Learning - Tulsa, OK
Go With Trowe

Great job John. Thanks for a peek at your life. Glad to hear you love what you are doing.

Sep 03, 2008 02:49 AM