LOL- I tell my clients it was 13 yrs of Catholic school. 50% of what I do is common sense. The other 50% is good ethics and morals. Both of these I learned in Catholic school (and of course from my family as well).
I started my career working in a call center for a securities company part-time while in college. I found I had a unique knack for catching things that shouldn’t be happening, i.e. fraud, etc… I also have no mercy for people who steal other people’s money or try to mislead/manipulate people. So, the pathway to compliance was set. My career continued and as I learned more I fell into consulting because my employer wanted to earn some additional revenue and had a good way of finding consulting clients. When they decided they no longer wanted to do that, I asked and was allowed to take those clients and start my own business.
Had I not gone this direction and was able to replace Jane Palmer (The food writer for the Omaha World Herald) I probably wouldn’t be where I am financially. But if I was doing what I wanted to do, I wouldn’t have much to complain about. Had I been able to get married sooner and been able to get pregnant, I would probably be a housewife which is really what I always wanted to be. Then too I couldn’t complain because it would have been my choice.
It’s amazing how many SAHMs find ways to make good money. My sister has a teaching certificate but has been a SAHM for 11 years. She recently started subbing at her daughter’s Catholic school and makes $100 per day for each day she chooses to work. $1200 per month or so per month for 12 half days of work really isn’t bad.