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08-01-2013, 06:54 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics
Just curious, and not to discourage, but you say you "absolutely want a career in physics" but you don't have enough background to jump into college physics. So I'm curious as to how you can be so certain you want to do something you haven't really done before?

If you're certain, then go for it, more power to you, and I hope you really love it as much as you think you will. But what if you're not? What inspired you to this certainty about physics, and could that inspiration be fleeting and/or misplaced?

When I was your age, give or take (since I'm not certain of your age) I wanted a career as a karate instructor. I was certain of it. Got my black belt, worked as an assistant instructor, all the right track. I loved it for years. But then I found something I loved even more. Well, two things. Technology and money. Karate became a fun hobby and I got to play with computers all day and make a much larger salary. No, I didn't sell out, I really love computers and software and didn't give up my dreams for money - I merely found a new dream, just as good if not better, and subsequently found out how much more it pays and how much I like a comfortable lifestyle.

My point is, when someone says "I absolutely want a career in X" and they're already doing it, already an expert, or nearly so, I think they know for sure what they're talking about (I was and I did and I still changed my mind, go figure). But when someone says that without having a real background in it, I wonder if maybe they're just guessing, or just inspired by something cool without really knowing if the whole reward (career) is worth the effort (education) or whether they'll really like it as much as they think.

Still, if it's your ambition, for real, then go for it. Lots of good ideas in this thread to get you started.

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Wanting to learn physics - Adenosis - 06-01-2013, 01:11 AM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - Adenosis - 06-01-2013, 02:19 AM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - robotworld - 06-01-2013, 06:16 AM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - Bucky Ball - 06-01-2013, 06:53 AM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - Adenosis - 06-01-2013, 04:25 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - kim - 06-01-2013, 04:37 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - seventhmoon - 08-01-2013, 06:27 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - Adenosis - 08-01-2013, 06:32 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - Aseptic Skeptic - 08-01-2013 06:54 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - Adenosis - 08-01-2013, 07:08 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - seventhmoon - 08-01-2013, 07:02 PM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - arksinx - 09-01-2013, 12:37 AM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - Adenosis - 09-01-2013, 03:45 AM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - arksinx - 09-01-2013, 12:39 AM
RE: Wanting to learn physics - PoolBoyG - 09-01-2013, 12:47 AM
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