Beware of the “Letters” people

Friends and I joke about people who always stick letters behind their names in correspondence, on their business cards, etc.

Why to they do that? John Doe, PhD, Jane Doe, CLU, and my favorite, Joe Blow, MBA. Cripes, you can get an MBA for 100 bucks from an online store. It isn’t a credential! Should everyone with a college degree (a real one) put BS or BA behind their name? Not likely, unless they want to be laughed at – there are only two letters there, for pete’s sake.

I am a certified public accountant – have been for over a decade. And I’d be embarrassed to add CPA to my name, everywhere said name goes. It is silly – some would say a bit narcissistic. I met a guy from Lincoln Financial Advisors once. His card said “JD*”. What did the “*” stand for – it was a note saying he was a “licensed” lawyer, just not practicing. What the hell does that mean? I’m a lawyer, but I can’t give you legal advice? What is the point?

The point is, they are compensating. These people want the world to know that they accomplished some educational, accreditation, or other high priced lofty goal. It says they weren’t working while they were doing all that studying, and it says they have accomplished little since.

Compliments of a friend, who IS a PhD, but prefers to use “SFG” at the end of his name (for Senior ****ing Geek).

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