Posted by Mark Zupo
May 6, 2016 at 5:09am
Well, I have nothing but good to say about 'em!
A very long story made short. In fact, I am so passionate about the subject that I wrote a book about it!
I never expected to be where I am today, working on a doctorate. I failed college three times. Actually thrown out of three colleges for many reasons. (some things need to be unstated). LOL
I went to work and made myself an "entrepreneur." More because I didn't have a degree and less because it was a chosen path. However, I was missing something,
...the education that would set me apart from others who were also successful. I was very successful, gratefully. Something was missing though. I was working with a friend one day and he stated that he didn't want to be late as we were leaving my business. He was off to school at night to complete his undergraduate degree. A spark was ignited and I pursued the endeavor. I would go back to school. I had the money now, the time now and the drive now that I better understood what an education meant. It helped that I was also greatly matured and less likely to get "thrown out" now!. LOL
To my good fortune!, my first teacher was a young woman, a Doctor of Education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who saw the fire in me and put her efforts into guidance and training that would lead me to where I am today, a doctoral candidate. As smart as I thought I was, or thought I was, she carefully guided me to read works that would change my life, even as I protested. After all, I was a successful business man ordering others to their tasks and used to being in charge. I learned that I was not in charge through her careful guidance and relentless requirements to grow and develop as an educated person. I owe a great deal to her. She knew every step of the way what I needed and what I would be required to change to accomplish the goal I set for myself. Her patience, as I recognize today, was beyond my imagination. She knew all along what she was faced with and what she would do to help me see the same. A maestro at teaching. Especially teaching me.
I could go on to fill a volume but this isn't the place or time.
Because of her, I have an undergraduate degree. Two Masters degrees and an "almost" Doctorate degree soon to be conferred from Northcentral University. I became a Master Flight Instructor teaching military pilots and commercial pilots how to fly jets. I learned about human factors and the fundamentals of teaching and learning. Gratefully, I have been awarded several awards for my abilities and accomplishments since.
If I wanted for anything in my life...it would be to
"pay it forward" to someone else. I see the value in what teachers do. I am trying to do so and will always do so and I expect to do so on an even greater "plane" (pun intended)when conferred as, Mark Zupo, Doctor of Education. P.S. --- I didn't start the undergraduate degree until I was...50!
I've since started the 7Level Success Academy teaching other entrepreneurs how to build their own online businesses and find their successes too. I've written several books on leadership and entrepreneurial business. ALL BECAUSE OF ONE TEACHER!
Never quit, chin up, chest out, eyes forward, make it happen! Appreciate a teacher today.
We should always remember that there’s no such thing as ‘overnight success’. It is always a wonderful feeling to hold on to the things that you already have now, realizing that those are just one of the things you once wished for. A very nice quote states that, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” We are all here to learn our lessons. Our parents, school teachers, friends, colleagues, officemates, neighbors… they are our teachers. When we open our doors for self-improvement, we increase our chances to head to the road of success.
“My continuing goals are to push the limits of creative communication, and to build competency and reputation for customers, friends, associates and myself through loyalty, trust and determination.” Mark has been an entrepreneur, educator and mentor for more than 25 years helping others reach their goals and achieve their dreams."