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Thomas Spotts

Thomas Spotts

Liberty University

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Thomas's work combines: Education, Business, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Assistant Professor and Instructional Mentor

I am an instructor for the MBA and Doctoral program.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Camden Military Academy

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business Statistics

    University of South Carolina-Columbia

  • Graduate Degree

    Master Aesthetician/Esthetician

    Webster University

  • Doctorate

    Range Science and Management

    Walden University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Business Teachers, Postsecondary:

Bachelor's Degree: Business/Commerce, General

Graduate Degree: Business Administration and Management, General

Doctorate: Management Science

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Marriage with family.

  • 2.

    Loss of first job.

  • 3.

    Death in immediate family.

  • 4.

    Sickness in immediate family.

  • 5.

    Children's college education.

  • 6.

    Unexpected bills.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You are too old to pursue a doctoral degree. The degree is too difficult and expensive. With a family and full time job, you will not have the time to devote to your studies.

  • How I responded:

    I have a passion to help others learn and share my experiences as one of Toyota's CFOs for the past 32 years. Keep focused and do not lower your expectations in what you want to accomplish. Also, keep your goal written down along with the date of graduation and review this daily. I kept this in my billfold and referred to it daily. With the help of my family, it worked and now am an Assistant Professor at Liberty University online.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was working full time and saved money each week to apply toward my education. I budgeted and planned each week how much I would need to save for each semester. My wife also contributed weekly in this process. We both worked hard and saved.