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Old 07-14-2014, 10:52 AM   #101
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At the time, I didn't know it but deciding to major in computer science at CAL set up my "Silicon" career in Bay Area.

At the time, I didn't know it, part II - marrying a women who will LBYM with me for the next 27 years and counting.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:24 PM   #102
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  1. Selecting great genetics. This "choice" dominates all the others combined in importance.
  2. Selecting great parents.
How is that possible?
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:28 AM   #103
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Listened to my Mom ... I studied hard in HS, won the full tuition scholarship, went to college and majored in Physics at a time (1976-80) when women were greatly outnumbered in the STEM fields. I w*rked summers as a mechanic for Sears, which gave me tremendous hand-on experience.
My neighborhood friends (both genders) were on completely different life tracks.
J*bs for my degree were pretty much non-existent in 1980 where I was living, so I took some programming courses at my own expense and went forward from there. Knowing the science and having the computer skills was a rare combination at the time.

Final position...GS-13 Electronics Engineer for the fed govt, with 2 US patents.

And I saved all along the way...
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:10 AM   #104
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Listened to my Mom ... I studied hard in HS, won the full tuition scholarship, went to college and majored in Physics at a time (1976-80) when women were greatly outnumbered in the STEM fields. I w*rked summers as a mechanic for Sears, which gave me tremendous hand-on experience.
My neighborhood friends (both genders) were on completely different life tracks.
J*bs for my degree were pretty much non-existent in 1980 where I was living, so I took some programming courses at my own expense and went forward from there. Knowing the science and having the computer skills was a rare combination at the time.

Final position...GS-13 Electronics Engineer for the fed govt, with 2 US patents.

And I saved all along the way...
You are my heroine! As a teen in the 70s in Ireland I was discouraged from pursuing a career in Engineering because of macho culture. As a result I chose medicine, which was more socially acceptable for girls. But I still wonder what might have been.
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Rather than a single financial decision being the most important, I'd say that my ability to delay gratification has been the most important factor in being able to RE.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:46 AM   #106
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Making the M part of LBYM be a big # in relation to the L part.
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:39 PM   #107
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You are my heroine! As a teen in the 70s in Ireland I was discouraged from pursuing a career in Engineering because of macho culture. As a result I chose medicine, which was more socially acceptable for girls. But I still wonder what might have been.
Not that medicine is anything to sneeze at. :-)
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How is that possible?
Unfortunately it isn't.
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Deciding to move from Europe to the US was the best financial decision in my case.


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