“So what got a young man like yourself into pest control?”
This is a question I receive on a regular basis. I’ve tried to pin down why so many people are interested in what brought me to the line of work.
I believe it is partly because I look much younger than I actually am. No one believes my 30th birthday is now 6 months away. So they feel I’m a bit young to find myself in this work.
I also like to believe it’s because they feel I’m far too strapping of a young man to be involved in such dirty, disgusting work. Although, that’s just speculation.
Almost always I reply the same way, “Pest control is never a line of work I thought I would be in, but it’s interesting. I’m always learning something new, and that makes it fun.”
Forever a Student
There have been very few times in my life where I have not enjoyed learning new things. I was that kid who enjoyed school, not for the social aspect (I’m super awkward in person) but because of the knowledge I could gain.
I have been out of a classroom setting for learning for seven years now and I miss it. But there are so many other ways of learning, and there’s so much out there to learn, even if it is not in a classroom.
Being in pest control for two and a half years now, I know more about bugs and rodents than I ever thought there was to know. Yet, there’s so much more to know about them which would make me more effective at my job. So I continue to ask questions, and investigate so I will know more for next time.
As I begin this journey of writing and marketing there’s so much information out there available.
I would be a fool to not spend time learning from those who have paved the path before me.
Do Not Settle
No matter the topic, no matter how much of an expert you feel you are on a topic, never become so full of yourself that you think there’s nothing left to learn.
If it’s for a job, there’s always more knowledge you can gain in order to apply it so you can be more effective. It may help you move up the ladder if that’s your goal, or out the door to another opportunity.
Artists need to keep learning so their craft can evolve and grow over time. This requires, “homework,” or another word for it, practice. Practicing a skill is one way to lear pn it better and will grow your knowledge on what it takes to be the best.
Politics, faith, and hobbies are all areas which require a continual growth of knowledge.
Learning Can Be Fun
As I mentioned, I always enjoyed a classroom style of learning but I understand not everyone does.
Find a topic which interests you and find a way to learn it best. It could be reading, audiobooks, an apprenticeship, or any number of different avenues.
The route you choose isn’t as important as continuing the journey.
Don’t stop learning.
Be cool. Stay in school….or something like that.