Living Life Backwards

I had my monthly one-on-one with my supervisor this week. It went well. I told her the things I am currently working on. She was pleased with my speed at completing the tasks needed to close out the month (financially speaking). I also told her about the one-on-one with Mr. CFO the week before. “We talk about you all the time.” She said.

When I told her Mr. CFO asked what I wanted to do when the current system becomes fully automated, I said I wanted to learn more about the current software and report designing. “You’d be good at that.” She told me.

“You are the only person,” she said, “that I know of who can pick up a skill just by one demonstration.”

“I think it’s because,” I replied, “I learned a lot of hard stuff before this job, so now everything feels easy to me.”

It is very true. My previous 3 accounting jobs involved me setting up accounting systems for startups. I went from a staff accountant to doing accounts receivable and billing. Wow, that’s going backwards in a career, all right, and this made me realize I did quite a few things backwards (learned the difficult stuff first) in the 30 years I’ve lived so far.

  • I finished my engineering degree (a much harder degree) before pursuing an accounting degree which took half the time.
  • I had to learn to be a grown-up when I was a child. I learned adulting before I was 10.
  • I learned the mechanics of a car before learning to drive and I don’t mean the stuff taught in Driver’s Ed. I mean much before I was eligible to drive. I think I was 12 or 13.
  • Had to learn to manage household finances, complete household chores, go to high school, and leave alone at 16
  • and many more….

In the recent months, it feels like life has at last leveled out, at least, I feel like it has even if it’s just a little bit. Hopefully I haven’t jinxed it. Until then, I will just take it day by day and take a whack at the difficult stuff when it comes my way.

7 thoughts on “Living Life Backwards

  1. I understand where you are coming from, Ying. I felt I went through the “difficult” stuff before the “easy” stuff. I’m not sure if it is because I was just a novice at life or was it really difficult? When I observe my 13 year old nephew, I am surprised he does not understand the concept of money. He thinks it magically appears. For me, I understood the concept of savings and earnings in elementary school. Maybe I just had that hunger to learn.

    Startup environments give you the ability to be agile and learn skills beyond your job title. I was in a startup and a nonprofit at some point of my career. Now I work for a large stable company with benefits and a pension. Truthfully I miss working for an agile environment, but I don’t miss the frequent travel that was burning out me and my car. I did learn in working for a large company that if I continue to network, demonstrate good work, and willingness to learn then I can pave my own way.

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    1. Everyone grasp concepts at different rates, some quicker than others, perhaps it’s related to past experiences. For me, I didn’t quite grasp the concept of money until I was much older because I spent the first few years of my childhood in a middleclass family where money wasn’t the issue, therefore it was never brought up. I was pampered, well-fed, and spoiled. I didn’t completely grasp the concepts of saving and budgeting until it was a conversation at the dinner table every night. I think a child can pick up more things than adults realize sometimes especially when they’re seen but not heard.

      I do not miss working in a startup one bit. I am the type of person who prefers to work in a team than alone because having someone to back you on your ideas is better than rolling with your own ideas and getting blamed and possibly get fired when something goes wrong.


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