I’m a very fortunate guy. My mind functions pretty well, my body is mostly healthy, and I’ve matured to the point of acting the age of someone 40% of my chronological age (not bad for a guy).
I’m a professor. A very fine liberal arts school regularly deposits money in my personal checking account. In return, I get to read a lot (mostly about accounting and regulation, though), reflect on what I read, and either talk about it with my students or write about it. I have more family and friends than enemies. I really, really, really, really, really, really like being a professor.
Being a professor is rewarding. One reward is how I both like and love my students, whether here or at any of my previous schools. Most want to learn so as to have a better life. Who can fault them for that? They are smart, and trying the best they can. What’s not to love? Another reward is how I still love, admire and respect my area: accounting. Another reward is getting to associate with other professors on AECM. Each e-mail I receive from them is a highpoint to my day. Then there’s blogging. And yes, there’s that paycheck thing. It has supported my wonderful family.
Having students/readers is great, because they continually teach me. Once I experimented with writing a blog post in stages throughout the day. Partway in, my older son Tom texted me, telling me to delete it and never bring it back. Those were good words, and I needed to hear them. Students have a way of communicating just how they want their courses organized/taught. And my readers sometimes let me know if I’m on the write right track.
Debit and credit – - David Albrecht