Several years ago, the restaurant I was managing closed down. I had the option of transferring or taking a very nice severance package. I took the latter. During that time I sincerely looked into career changes and was mesmerized (or so I thought) with the business of online trading. While I didn't know much about the different types of options available, I studied a little with a company online and learned about stocks, bonds, CDs and different ways to set up a portfolio. I took notes and was sure that Stock Trading would be for me. I love to crunch numbers and figured this would get me a more normal work schedule and set me up for family life. It didn't work out.
I found that studying and taking notes was fine. I did well with the online tests after each chapter, but I retained NOTHING. I seriously would go back a week later and it was like I had never read or studied any of it. It was the wierdest thing. Either I was too wrapped up in the not-working-and-still-getting-paid aspect of my severance, or I just really didn't get it, although I did, and just couldn't retain it. So, the online Broker job was out and I went back, for another 4 years, to the restaurant business.
Ever have anything like that happen to you? Brain-too-full-to-retain syndrome?