If you could catch a glimpse of my desk, you'd think it's a mess. At least my wife does.
That's not true. It is more of a marginally organized chaos. I can really find what I want on my desk anytime I want. Honest. For real.
Anyway, if you saw my desk, it was best in what you would find the books in my future reading list (and the bars continue to grow); the content I am studying to teach (and those poor people do not shrink); and note about things I work on.
Everything that reminds you that learning is a passion for me and therefore I started working on my CPCU last year, having been in the insurance world for almost 1
So the question is why on earth would I begin the CPCU hike now? It's not about the letters that I can add to my name (I already have several letters in my name than in my name). It is not about getting the books (even if they are big reference books to keep my shelf). It is not even about the respect that comes with it (although I have always looked at people who can complete the CPCU because it is difficult).
Something of why not. Why on earth do I do it?
I like continuous learning.
You mean that's it? Yes. That's all. I just like to learn. I like to continue stretching myself. I like to study. Yes, I have a life, but I have discovered that there are a lot of things that I can fill my time with and I decided long ago that that part of it should include continuing learning.
It all began in my Army days. At that time, the campaign process was quite simple, not easy (big difference). When my command chain (my boss and his boss) thought I was ready and worthy of advancing from the Specialist to the Sergeant (or from the lower-ranking member without the Commissioner), they recommended me to stand in front of the advertising board.  A campaign is like a high voltage interview. They criticized everything from how I marched into the room to details of how my uniform looked at how I handled the issues they asked me. They asked various questions about military history, label, heraldry and a stack of other general military knowledge. When I went over the table I would put on the list to go to Primary Leadership Development School.
As a side figure, one of the elements of Army leadership education is how to train them in your care. That was where my passion for learning started.
When I finished school, I waited until I had enough points on my promotional card to be promoted. The easiest way to build points quickly was to constantly learn. Every army and air force correspondence course I took additional points. During these years I spent a lot of time studying these courses, learning new skills and learning more about my specific job.
Ever since, I've always been involved in learning. When I came out of the army I went to college. When I came to college I worked two gigs and one of them was insurance so I started to learn everything I could about insurance.
I don't know everything and probably can't.
The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know as much as I thought I did. nor do I know as much as I want to know. The risks change. The policy is changing. The technology continues to create new and easier ways to evaluate and price risk. I continue to study. There is more to study and more to learn today.
I like to use names to continue learning because they are created with a specific curriculum. Each curriculum has its own learning goals and focus. It helps me to gain further control over specific topics and it allows me to be systematically exposed to new substances. The organized way in which these topics are presented speaks to me. Each goal is based on the previous one.
The course for CPCU is well rounded so that I can take small steps and small pieces at a time so that I can learn most things. Yes, there are topics that I do not do well with and honestly, I am ok with that too. I love studying coverage forms and I love studying how and why depreciation. It's really interesting to me. I really don't like the financial part. I understand the basics of financial accounting and I can tell some reasons why insurance companies use different accounting methods. It does not mean that I am an expert or that I want to know much more about it.
I want to be an example.
How I count it I am not everyone's favorite writer, teacher etc. and that is ok. On the other hand, there are some people who pay attention to my trip and maybe it helps them on their. Therefore, I want to continue to grow on my journey, because as soon as I release it gives another permission to let go.
Whether you're the type that is competitive and you look at our designations as a game that you can win, or you just take the same cow I am and you like it, continue. If it's a competition you want, let's come after that. I have five names, with a total of 16 letters. CPCU gives me six and 20. Oh yeah, you with more than I, I know you read and I come to you. Those with less I see you too. See if you can continue.
If it's just the learning you want, let's learn together. I'm studying CPCU 530 right now, so if you have suggestions or questions, let me know. I take your suggestions and questions will make me press to find an answer. If you think of different terms to follow, let me know. I'll tell you what I've done and why.
It's about learning. In the end, we need experts in our field. We need people who can explain all the minutia of insurance because there will always be people who need us to help them with it. Am I an expert? It is up to you to decide. Let me turn the matter over to you.
Why aren't you an expert?