As part of my annual evaluation at work, we are asked to set goals, one of which is a work related personal development goal. Last year my development goal was to learn basic video editing, and I did, it has come in handy (audio editing also, audio is easier to edit.) This year I thought about what I was weak at, pulling out a calculator to check the math on a spreadsheet with messed up formulas I couldn't figure out how to fix, and I put down, complete basic training on Excel.
I recently had a day I didn't have anything on my calendar, and frankly I didn't feel like working but I wanted to bill the hours, so I went down the dark hole that is exploring Excel. The cheerful virtual trainer chiped, "of course every formula starts with an "=" sign!" WHY, if all formulas or functions start that way, why do we need to put it in everytime? You need to be a math geek to have a clue, this is not an accounting program, it is an engineering project. The only reason anyone uses this nightmare is no one else has come up with a decent alternative, there is no other rational explanation. There I feel better for having said that.
Oh well, I have completed module 1 of the 2 modules I set the goal of completing. I will force myself through the other one sometime in the next ten days. It will help me understand why finance people drink martinis at lunch (or for lunch.)
Are you an Excel expert?