Rule 711

Dear Interpreting Student:

I expect great things. This will sometimes frustrate you. But, if you ever get so frustrated that you say, “if it’s so easy I’d like to see you do it!” be warned, it won’t help relieve your frustration; my answer will always be “ok.”

Because I can.

That’s why I’m the teacher.

Rule 708

Your brain believes whatever you tell it. When you speak with confidence (especially when you don’t feel it) it will step up.

But! When you mumble or whisper you are telling your brain you don’t know what you are doing and it will act accordingly.

Random Thoughts By Uncle Dale: Decisions

Actual conversation with my boss in 1998, when I asked to adjust my work schedule to take classes to complete my BA:

Boss: Why?

Uncle Dale: Because i’m going to law school.

B: Why? You are a great interpreter, you have a good job and do you realize that when you graduate you will be 33-years-old?

UD: I will be 33-years-old anyway. I might as well be 33-years-old and a lawyer.

B: But you should have done that a long time ago. You’ve made your decisions in life.

UD: Know what? I can still make decisions. In fact here is a decision, I quit.

One of the best decisions I ever made.