"Bill had built his guard dog business into the largest of its kind on the East Coast," says Jack DeMao, CEO. "It was an RMR business from the beginning, which was unusual. " In 1991 they were broken into twice at their own headquarters and it was clear to him that property crime wasn't a priority for law enforcement because they were focused on life safety issues. So he developed the electric fence to deter criminals and the rest was history.
(For more on this history, see SDM's exclusive interview with Bill Mullis on page 68.
Just as an FYI. What I learned from Cisco using their training materials, classes, tests ect covered networking concepts alot better than most of my professors. I feel college is almost a scam that brainwashes people to think this is the only way to do things you must pass all theses classes that you will never use for thousands of dollars. Brilliant post. I share many of your characteristics: the huge library, the retention, the learning speed, which is essential for a technical writer like myself moving from technology to technology to explain it in writing to a user, and, personally, I'm 1 point from Mensa qualification but also lacking of a degree even after a total of 7 years in 2 schools (one very elite that I am proud to have attended) because of boredom or different family crises.
I also share the unemployment issue. But I do have another problem: I have 29 years of working successfully as a technical writer and now, at 56 years of age, only the new graduates are getting the jobs. I reinvented my professional self to find work 4 times before the age of 35 and have reinvented (or "put a new spin on") my career 3 times since then.
It took patience, perseverance, and money each time. Do I have to repeat the process regularly to survive until I'm 75 (there's no survival money in retirement)?.