My longterm interests of Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Self-understanding and my love of teaching as it is today, if I could have my life over I would leave the first forty-one years of it as is. They were filled with life and adventure. But those years I spent in a dull office job in the public service between age 41 and age 59 I would spend in university studies with the intention of getting those letters behind my name, e.g. PH.D majoring Psychology, I think. In other words, a decade or so in 'Academia.'
Tertiary qualifications open doors in that they say to others this person has 'credibility.' (even if your as thick as two short planks) As a man who left school at fourteen, and studied later in life but never went to university, I feel just a little handicapped when I put my name forward as a speaker to professional bodies. Even though I've written books, spoken to hundreds of audiences and tens of thousands of people outside of the professional and business world, I'm of the opinion that had I had a university educaiton rather than just the 'School of Hard Knocks,' I'd be regarded as one of the best at what I do. This would bring me the work I love rather than me having to chase it down.