I grew up in the small town of Wasco, California. This was possibly the greatest stroke of luck in my life. I grew up knowing everyone in town. As small kids, we essentially has the run of a town that was one square mile in the middle of central California. Everywhere was safe because you were never more than a yell away from someone that knew you.
After high school, I went to the Naval Academy. A great experience that I’m glad I went through but there was nothing easy about it. A typical class load was 6 classes, each of which tried to cover a year’s worth of material in a semester. I remember a chemistry textbook that stated in the cover that it was meant for a 1-year course. We covered this book and one other in a semester. Imagine a semester that consisted of Leadership, Thermodynamics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Differential Equations and History. My company officer was Lt. Mullens who would go on to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His first comments to me as I sat across from him after my first 6 weeks of class…”Mr. Dillingham, how do you explain 4 F’s and 2 D’s on your progress report?” I eventually learned that studying would be required to graduate and managed to muddle my way through.
After graduation, I spent 7 years on active duty.
Today, I own Shiftwork Solutions (shift-work.com). I’ve been working with shiftwork operations for the last 30 years. I’ve been told my job is like a high school field trip. I get to see how everything is made. I’ve been in underground mines in Australia. I’ve been to chemical plants, manufacturing plants and food manufacturing facilities. I love my job.
Along the way, I got married, twice. The first one didn’t work out as planned but I did get a three beautiful kids out of it. I’m now married to Erika Simo whom I’ve now been with for 20 years. We met when I was taking an international MBA class. She brought her son into our joined family and I couldn’t be happier.
So now…I love, I work, I blog and…I save the world.