Some 20 years ago, I graduated college with a political science degree and a natural talent for the stock market, granting me extreme freedoms. After a couple of years, I directed my energies towards publishing my own political newsletter.

About 15 years ago I had emergency back surgery. While years of physical rehab and strength conditioning have given me capabilities beyond doctor’s predictions, I do understand the challenges of living with chronic pain and extreme restrictions. It has been a long arduous process where the phrase “two steps forward one step back” constantly applies.

Over the years, I have developed the point of view that life ultimately comes down to two basic choices. You can either laugh or cry. More often than not, I choose to laugh. Oh, and from time to time a dash of anger but, in the end, anger just leads you back to those two ultimate choices.

It is with this philosophy I choose to look at the world.

4 Responses to About

  1. If you don’t mind me asking, I’m into Political Science and Economics, but I also like Engineering, which is my current major. Did you enjoy your work with your PoliSci degree? What kind of work does it entail?

    • Bret Rickert says:

      Since I was a little kid, I have always had a passion for the political campaign, so a political science degree was natural. I did start out as a psychology major but switched majors after my first political science class, the US Constitution 101. My Psych minor did go nicely with my preferred sub-section of political science, political behavior. A political science degree can intersect with a vast amount of professional fields, engineering is one of them. Now, I am sure you have heard you should love what you do. With political science, I feel YOU HAVE TO LOVE IT. Whatever your ideology there must be a true passion for what you believe. Unfortunately, these days it seems passions are getting the best of the political process. My humble advice, stick with the engineering, political science will always be there. If you can double major go for it. Studying public policy, lobbying etc. will only enhance your engineering degree. Personally, I think this country needs more engineers and less political scientists.

  2. Bret-
    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. It is a constant pleasure to read your writing which is always sharp, insightful and entertaining (in an intelligent way, thank you very much). It’s always rewarding to read what’s on your mind..


    • Bret Rickert says:

      That is very kind of you to say. Thank you! This is the first time I have been nominated for anything. Well, anything I can admit to publicly. 😀 Once again, thank you for the kind words.

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