If You Could Start All Over

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by LawnBoy09, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. LawnBoy09

    LawnBoy09 LawnSite Member
    from NW OHIO
    Messages: 5

    If you had the chance while you were in school, would you take your last 2 years of high school and go to a technical school, or would you go to the technical school for 2 year and college for 2 years. Both gives you basic knowledge of landscaping and grass, the 4 year gives you pesticide and nursery certifications. What would you do. How useful would those certs be???
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    there is only one thing that I wish I would have done in school, and that was take shop classes to learn more about welding, metal work, etc.

    Right now, I can't weld cr@p
  3. LawnBoy09

    LawnBoy09 LawnSite Member
    from NW OHIO
    Messages: 5

    I'm already taking the shop classes.:blob3: :blob3: :blob3:
  4. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    What tiedeman said. I wouldn't change a thing about the education I have, but I do wish I could have learned more about auto mechanics and welding. Oh well, it's never too late to learn.
  5. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I would change everything!! I was offered to skip the last half of the 11th and all the 12th grade and go right into college. I had the highest GPA in my class and was bored. What did I do? I quit school and have regretted it every dam singe day for the past 25 years!:angry: It was the most stupid, dumbazz, ignorant thing I ever done (next to getting married):D When I quit the principle and superintendant came to the house to try to figure out why I quit, said I was not the usual drop out kind, that most folks that quit were failing, not a high A average. I should be riding around in a sports car with a 21 year old blond right now and a good paying job (wanted to be a Dr.). I will say though that I enjoy the lawn biz, but my area has made it a little disgusting.
  6. LawnBoy09

    LawnBoy09 LawnSite Member
    from NW OHIO
    Messages: 5

    So would those lic. mean anything, really???
  7. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Would the license mean anything? Yes it would. I wonder sometimes though if we are put where we are by fate or our own doings. Maybe this is what I was meant to do:confused:
  8. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    I dont think I'd change much, other than going to horticulture classes at the tech school here. other than that, and maybe having saved a little more cash to fund a better truck than I bought, I would change nothing.
  9. DistLawns

    DistLawns LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 120

    I would have skipped every college class I evr took, got into the lawn biz full time right out of high school and I'd be bringing in well over 100k take home today.Instead I EFFED around in college and drank beer and chased woman, which at the time seemed like the only logical thing to do. I worked for Lawncare companies in the summer and finnally grew up(a little)and baught into my own company. Now I've expanded a 40,000 dollar a year profit into a 55,000 in this,my first year.Had I grew up a little earlier, I would be livin the high life by now.
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    i have an almost worthless 40,000 dollar education due to the condition of the economy and changing technologies, but going to a university was still worth it, get the education while you can,....

    and dont forget to take some business classes too...

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