Taxes The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax - Albert EinsteinI am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is -- I could be just as proud for half of the money -- Arthur Godfrey
I sent in my taxes last night. What a relief. It's been on my mind for quite some time. I've been doing my own taxes via TurboTax for more than 10 years now and each year it get's more complex. Nevertheless, TurboTax has served all my needs and I'm very happy with the product.
GMAT Had my third GMAT class last night. We covered Critical Reasoning. I liked the approach. Basically, Veritas breaks them down into 6 different categories with a specific approach to solve each type. As the key words to identify is not an exact science.. although Veritas provided a very good basis for identifying each type.. there were 30-40 practice drills to help one learn the process. I understand there will be one more Critical Reasoning lesson later on. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm learning quite a bit. I wish I had learned all this when I studied for this last time. My homework is to work through the rest of the drills and the questions in the book with this new categorical mindset. It's another thing to memorize. There sure is a lot of memorizing to do.
I'm struggling with study time. Can't get much done at home. I just get distracted by the computer, e-mail or TV. I think that I may have to find a couple of libraries and camp out for the next 3 months.
I understand that the Veritas books have been found being sold on craigslist.com at one point. Would you believe that they sold for more than $500? Man, at that point... I'd just take the class. Being able to interact by asking questions has been ever so helpful. For example, I'll notice a question has very specific wording and I would raise the question as to how removing or adding particular words would change the answer.
My job situation I've finally reached a 2nd tier interview level at a job. I was asked to write a one page cover letter as to why I want the job. It took me an entire day to write. I felt like I was writing a B-School essay. It turned out well.
The job is pretty different from my current skill set, but has the advantage of directing a branch office of a technical training firm. There's commission involved with a base salary. I'd like to find a management position doing project management, but this job may have to do for now. It'll be a pay cut by more than 1/2 of what I normally get. The experience of running the show should prove to be more useful to my career prospects though. I like the fact that the executive management team has Kellogg and Wharton grads. It's actually a business investment firm that purchases businesses, builds them up and sells them off after a good level of growth and profit has been achieved. I think I can live with the pay cut for the experience. Apparently, there are two more levels of interviews to go.