10 Things I Wish I Had Never Believed

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in
http://www.steve-olson.com/10-things-i-wish-i-had-never-believed/

Some decent points.
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Male 25
Interesting stuff... although is that to imply that most people DID believe at some point that admitting mistakes made you a wuss?
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Female 1,397
He is write about building assets being a better way to earn money, but man oh man the stress that comes with that...
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Male 3,631
The points expressed in his explanation of bullet # 1 are the single biggest factors keeping the black man down in America. They`re gonna be behind first-generation Mexicans before long! Already have higher highschool dropout rates! How does he turn into a commie? Were his remarks edited? This is about as Libertarian and free-enterprise as it gets, not to mention notably Satanic!
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Male 10,440
This is total crapp, the author is a moron and what he says is clearly american patched together garbage.
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Female 582
and has a very successful business, he also had a partner who had a business degree with a entreprenurial concentration. Without my dad`s creative street smarts or his partner`s business background to get the business started, the business wouldn`t have become so successful. I think what Olson is trying to say is that people should stop thinking that having a college degree automatically means you`ll be successful in life. Without drive, intellect, or creativity, a college degree doesn`t mean much, but if you have all of it, your future looks pretty bright.

I should also mention that college isn`t the same today as it was 50 years ago. (At least, I don`t think it is, please, correct me if I`m wrong). We have many more community colleges now, a higher % of people are going to college, not just because people say we need it, but because community colleges offer degrees for less $$.

As for the doctor thing. When it comes to serious illnesses or operations, always get a 2nd opinion.

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Female 582
different teachers, a student will learn what his/her learning style is, what subject matter he/she is passionate about, etc. As far as textbook learning goes, a public school can be good or bad depending on the school and depending on the student. In regards to HS, most people will go on to some kind of secondary education (it is pretty much necessary to be successful, but I`ll get to that later), so it doesn`t matter how good HS is, because really, it`s just a stepping stone to college. So people should work hard in HS to get into a good college, but many teenagers don`t see it that way. They`re very shortsighted and say "this is pointless" and don`t do anything, not realizing that even the most pointless assignments will improve their GPA and therefore, help them get into a better college.

While I`m on the topic of college, I disagree with Olson to an extent. In order to be financially successful, you need to have a college degree. My father, though he never graduated HS

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Female 582
Also, if he really says that LOVE OF money is the root of all evil - he`s right. It`s one think to desire money, but as long as that desire is so that you can use the money to buy a new house, send your kids to a good college, be able to enjoy your life rather than slave at work to make the car and mortgage payments. I don`t respect someone like Donald Trump who spends his life making money just for making money`s sake. Though, he does create many more jobs through his projects - I`ll give him that, but I don`t think that`s the reason he does it.

As for what he says about education - not completely true. It`s difficult to send your child to a public school, but being home-schooled can be just as bad. There are many skills your learn in school that have nothing to do with books and teachers. Public school will teach kids how to work with others, how to meet various demands made by different people, how to juggle their time. And, by going to public school and being exposed to ...

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Female 582
If that was really Steve Olsen who replied above, then I give him kudos. I haven`t read all of the article (I couldn`t access is site, but I think I found a portion of it someplace else). Either way, I agree with the post he made here, but from what I read the biggest problem with his "article" was that he spoke too much in absolutes. If you speek in absolutes, then people are going to assume you`re more extreme than you really are. If you look at the basic message some of these are sending, then he`s absolutely right. My father, who never graduated HS or got a college degree, managed to make lots of money starting his own business because he is CREATIVE. I also would like to start my own business because 1) it is an investment that you have control over (rather than stock), 2) you are your own boss, 3) it reflects your skills as a business person. Unlike when you are an employee, you are "promoted" when you earn it, not when the boss`s pet decides to appoint someon
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Male 2,781
AAARRRGGGGHHH!!! MY BRAIN!!!
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Female 165
Didn`t he misquote the saying? It`s "the love of money is the root of all evil."
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Female 165
Didn`t he misquote the saying? It`s "the love of money is the root of all evil."
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Male 71
#2 is just ridiculous. I mean, "getting a job is the worst way to make money?" Now that`s just insane. The chances that you`ll make money WITHOUT a job are slim to nil.

And a large percentage of those 76% of Americans without a college degree are probably children. Of course people not old enough to even be in college yet don`t have a degree. That`s just obvious.

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Male 40
At the risk of sounding too postmodern (which I really am not), what Mr. Olson is saying may apply to his life and his experiences, but that does not mean it does or should apply to my life. I am glad that he is kind enough to find the time to share with us some of the things he may have learned throughout his life so far, but honestly, more than half the stuff he said seemed like mildly or completely unsupported opinion. If someone is going to present their opinions as facts, then I am gonna need to see some stronger proof than what he presented. Additionally, I found myself disagreeing with a great deal of what he said.

Fortunately for me, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Woot! Don`t you just feel all weird now that I mentioned Jesus : ).

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Male 731
the guy who wrote this is damn smart
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Male 2,605
Elementis, jobs look foremost for degrees because of what they symbolize. A number of people (though certainly not the majority) can feasibly obtain an equivalent education, but they need to be able to demonstrate this while the same capability is assumed for someone with a degree. Some jobs even require it.
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Male 53
w00t45:
"MMhmmmm.... So, I don`t need a degree. That`s crap, I tell you. What can you do without a degree? I mean, seriously. Starting your own business is a little bit hard, also. You have to have a decent education to make up something to sell. Or, if you have a degree, you could invent a computer that runs ten times as fast or something. All those things are just stupid crap."

This is a false statement. All you did was misinterperet what he was trying to say, he meant that you dont need a degree to do what you want because you can easily teach yourself better than any instructor can. All a degree says is that you did time in school to get this pretty certification that says you know a lot, but you can easily have the exact same education, if not even better without having to go through school and earning a degree. Theres other sources other than schools to educate yourself that you should take advantage of is basically what he was getting at.

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Male 14
Everything he said WAS ABSOLUTELY correct.


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Male 1,866
wow, what a waste of like the 15 minutes it took me to think all that through and type it up..
it doesn`t even seem as good now that i`ve written it, because i didn`t use capitalization or anything, and the sentences are poorly constructed and the ideas are randomly scattered everywhere.
ah well...
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Male 1,866
oh, and the school not the best way to learn, i have to disagree. the concept of "school" is the best, it`s just the schooling system today is not adapted at all to our society. it still follows how it was in the 1900`s albeit much more relaxed. reading a textbook is not the best way to learn.. there are many other ways to teach...
schools are also beginning to change and are actually encouraging teachers to go into teaching on how to think, and all that stuff he`s talking about....
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Male 1,866
some of this stuff may make some sense, but there`s a few things i`d just like to point out.
People are saying "oh man how dumb, if you don`t get a job how will you make money?!" i think he`s merely suggesting that through investing, you can earn a whole lotta money, however, the problem is, a lot of times, you`ll lose money through the stock market. it isn`t a reliable source of income. if you`re a successful entrepenuer like Donald Trump who`s invested in a tonne of things, if somthing goes wrong, you can fall back on something else, however, if you don`t have a stable source of income, and you enter the stock market, you have nothing to fall back on, and it becomes very risky.
he says ask any rich person and they`ll tell you somthing about jobs aren`t the best way to make money? well ask a hobo and he`ll say the exact opposite... many homeless people lost money in the stock market... some are druggies, and lazy asses. but still...
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Female 1,382
No. 7 is bull. Thats only true for public american schools.
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Male 943
the link for 10 reasons not to get a job was better
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Female 1,407
It`s almost like listening to a hypnotist. O_o o_O ~_~ :-D Ah, well. food for thought
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Male 2,605
"Emotional people are weak, vulnerable, and easily manipulated

It’s the exact opposite. Strong emotions are a source of strength and power. The stronger your emotions and the better your ability to focus your emotion, the more creative and powerful you are. Denying your emotions creates weakness and vulnerability."

This is false. Apathy and compassion are at least equally as strong, because they exist on the same scale of power on opposing ends. A person who cannot feel emotion cannot be emotionally affected or harmed, namely he or she has an invulnerabilty. Contrarywise, a super-compassionate person can absorb pain and learn from it, thereby growing. Therefore, an apathetic person and a compassionate person are equally matched because neither can inflict permanent harm.

True weakness is ambivalence between these two extremes. Be compassionate, be apathetic; just don`t be both or neither.

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Male 1,204
1000 charecter limit lol
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Male 1,204

this guy is totally right, especially about School. The point about school being the worst place for kids to be. noobdy learns anything there. id rather be home-schooled if i could take it back. alot of idiots ^^^^^ didnt read it clearly enough, you all look dumb!

dude, school is only as bad as u make it. they don`t teach u how to think because that is up to u ENTRIRELY. YOU are responsible for learning how to think. If someone else teaches you, you just missed out on half of life.

also, money is not the root to ALL evil, but no matter what it is used for money still has a sense of evil to it. Even if you are using it for good, using money implies that you believe a piece of paper has much value and that it will serve to do things. If money didn`t exist and everyone did their share of work, this world would be a lot better. Even if you`re a hard donator, spend money for other people, you`re still going with the flow. u may not be using it 4 as much evil but u still r usin it 4

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Male 1
I`m Steve Olson and I wrote this blog post. I`m going to do more posts to explain what I`m saying in detail. I`m not a communist or a left winger, the best political label would be libertarian. But I don`t agree with them on everything either. I don`t like the Republicans and I like the Democrats even less. I used to like the Republicans but I believe they had 12 years to get it right and failed. I didn`t say there shouldn`t be Doctors I just wish I hadn`t trusted them blindly. I don`t think a college degree is worthless, but I believe you can make it without one. I don`t believe you should be an emotional basket case, but you shouldn`t deny you are an emotional being. You should learn to focus your emotions to create great ideas. Man do some of you guys jump to conclusions. See the blog post I make tomorrow and you`ll get a better idea. Jeeez!
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Male 317
"can you say

`Commy` ?"

yeah for real. The statistics are so not in this guy`s favor. I got a huge anarchonistic vibe from it

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Male 135
Hahaha! I love his advice:

"if you have a medical or psychiatric problem you should see a doctor, but question what they tell you. Don’t accept it on blind faith. Use your critical thinking. Ask difficult questions. Many people are afraid to question their doctor. Don’t be afraid!"

I`m sure this wouldn`t be the best advice to give to a schizophrenic...question EVERYTHING! QUestion what they tell you! You`re not ill...they`re ALL in on it!!!!

I have to agree with most of the posters on here that this guy says some nice things, but in reality a lot of it is unobtainable drivel.

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Male 3
gey
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Male 64
Amen to the above.

Not saying I`m a huge fan of Bush, but there`s a lot of people in this country that could do a worse job than him, the author included. It`s too bad the guy wasted 2 out of "10 Things" on his personal political views.

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Male 72
^Agreed.

In my opinion, anyone that can sink to a low level of bush-bashing and have unfounded hate of people in power, have absolutely no authority when trying to teach others how to act.

How can someone who knows all of the secrets to a perfect life/society sink this low?

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Male 153
Liked it `til I saw number 10...
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Male 1,866
I can`t even critisize him.. he puts thought into his rants..
i just spew out big words and somtimes the occassional angry word.
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Female 797
"School is the best place for kids to learn
It’s probably the worst place for kids to learn."

Then, why are we still in school?

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Male 10,440
This article, what a damned dissapointment. Some of it is total bullshiat like that about the jobs, schools, degrees and doctors. The rest is somewhat usefull stuff that I thought only a small segment of pple knew, now its unleashed to everyone.

This guy`s ideal world sounds pretty lowsy, no one has a job, there are no doctors, everyone is emotional, no schools, no one has a degree and eveyone decides based on their feelings. Where the hell would we be if the world was like that ?!?!

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Male 559
I like number ten
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Female 272
they all make sense, but you could say they make sense the other way around as well. some things work for some people. school and jobs may work for some but not for others...this is very supportive of the "Free artist" lifestyle. very radical ideas :P
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Female 33
-ponders-
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Female 152
Alright, so some of it was good, other comments I wanted to rip my hair out over. But if I voice a negative opinion about it - I`m just not reading the question right, apparently. It`s not like it`s my own opinion or anything. I`m just too damn stupid! Huh.
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Female 454
Far out
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Male 1,371
ok so to be successful i`m gonna drop out of school, not go to college, not get a job and expect to be rich? sure! sounds great.
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Male 29
whoever wrote this is so obviously communistic, and stubborn even when so obviously wrong.
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Male 1,225
Quite frankly, Guest 5386, if someone came down to work experience and no degree vs. degree and no experience, the former is more likely to be hired. There are other factors (such as personality and such) that go into what an employer is looking for.

But like you said, everything equal (experience included) except degree vs. non-degree, the person with a degree would get hired because that degree means they worked hard to get it (I`m talking college degree, not H.S. diploma, because I`m not going to start ranting about that).

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Female 302
my father always said :
"If you want to make money, work... if you want to be rich, find something else..."

So far that is true...

Also, you dont NEED a degre to be smart and stuff. Just that its LOOK BETTER on a resume. My "husband" is a genius, he is coding for over 20 years, know what he talk about and is wanted even over sea. He never finished High School. But I dont say it wasnt hard. When you get to a exployer and show them a resume whitout degre on it, then the other guy next to you show the same resume but with a degre on it, he will get the job and you will not. Why? because people still think diploma on the wall make you a smarter person.

School inst the "worst" place to learn. Its just NOT ADAPTED to kids. How can you expect kids to enjoy learning when sitting there for hrs? how can you expect kids to learn at the same pace and same way? we need to change way school is, not the fondation of school.

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Male 4
I`d like to hear his suggestion for a replacement for schools. Should parents sent through the same system home school their children? That doesn`t make much sense. Or maybe send them to private schools at the major expense of the family? Or hell, just let them learn from the street, that`ll work.
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Male 141
thats right. school is evil and teaches us wat to think not how to think thats why about half of the students in my school are brainless idiots(no offense)
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Male 1,014
Some of that was rather dubious, but overall it makes pretty good sense. I wish he wouldn`t have put his political views in there though (numbers 4 and 10) because all of the Bush lovers (who have been mysteriously silent on I-A-B since the election) will just dismiss all that he said.
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Male 957
this guy is totally right, especially about School. The point about school being the worst place for kids to be. noobdy learns anything there. id rather be home-schooled if i could take it back. alot of idiots ^^^^^ didnt read it clearly enough, you all look dumb!
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Male 724
can you say

"Commy" ?

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Female 1,697
don`t agree with everything in the list.
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Male 300
There`s one little thing that I don`t like about the job one. He says that getting a good job is the worst way to make money. A GOOD JOB IS NOT A NINE TO FIVE ROUTINE WITH A BOSS PREYING OVER YOU ALL DAY. That`s his big mistake. A good job would be where you are the boss yourself, and you`re preying over the workers. A good job is where you can apply your expertise in such a way that you get paid lots and don`t have some grand office overlord shouting at you all day.

And a job is more secure than he thinks, a boss won`t just say "you`re fired" without a reason. However, an business like his can suddenly fail without reason, due to competition, lack of intertest etc.

And furthermore, if everyone started their own businesses, then that wouldn`t be a good idea. We need doctors (which he doesn`t seem to like either...), bankers, social workers, teachers and other such people. So I think he`s an idiot for calling these people idiots. They help us more than people like him wou

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Female 46
That was probably some of the most intelligent talk I`ve heard(/read) all week.
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Female 406
wish i never believed in santa...i could have been a horrible child and not bullied into doing things for other kids if not for the phrase `be polite or santa wont come`
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Female 1,158
Some of the things make sense, but the other things I`m not really sure about... I`m thinking it`s just his opinion.
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Male 1,406
Some parts there are good, some parts I`m not so sure about. I would probably be more convinced if I looked at some of those links to other articles he made, but I`m just oo lazy :P
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Male 1,092
I agree ^^
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Male 1,225
Half of the people on here either didn`t read the article/blog/thing or they are just making fun of it at the expense of making themselves look stupid.
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Male 737
Wow, such incredible powers of common sense.

"School is the best place for kids to learn at"

No sh*t?! WOW :-|

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Female 1,398
MMhmmmm.... So, I don`t need a degree. That`s crap, I tell you. What can you do without a degree? I mean, seriously. Starting your own business is a little bit hard, also. You have to have a decent education to make up something to sell. Or, if you have a degree, you could invent a computer that runs ten times as fast or something. All those things are just stupid crap.
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Male 2,567
o.O school is evil >:O
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Female 339
Umm yeah.. because the bank would LOVE to give me a loan to start my own business after never having worked before or had an education

The hippy guy talks out of his ass

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Male 75
The "If you find this site helpful, please leave a donation for Steve so you can enjoy the spirit of giving too." text on the bottom of the site somehow make me say "Yeah, right, why the hell would i do that, you lazy unemployed hippy?!"
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Female 811
No. 2 is just plain stupid! I`ll just quit my job now and go down the dole office oh and forget all about having been to university!
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Female 3,574
:3
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Female 3,001
its the love of Money is the root of all evil dumbass

ofcors money is not gonna be the root of all evil!! genius B-|

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Male 78
I like the "job is the worst way to make money" because the link goes to a guy who runs his own business and calls everybody idiots that have a job. It`s like talking to a math professor that has a PhD in a form of math he invented and then he makes fun of you for not understanding any of it.
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Female 1,972
So I can still believe in Santa, right?
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Male 450
i don`t like #9

"All the Personal Development gurus I’ve seen are clean cut, positive thinking, deeply spiritual, entrepreneurs awash in wealth."

because they are scammers.

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Male 888
Hooray, I don`t need to get a job OR go to college.
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Male 1,142
eating^
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Male 1,142
some of that is true but its all from 1 person or a small group of peoples perspectives and opinions. the emotional are week think is pure bs. how emotional people are varies from person to person just like every other trait people have. medical advice from your doctor is based on the doctors experience and level of education. saying you should buy the car/house you buy cause of how it makes you feel is kind of on the fence. earing the food you eat cause of how it makes you feel sounds like fat America justified by a fay guy. win you go to buy a computer do you get one based on its specs to fit what you use it for you do you say that pretty purple color on the box makes me feel good i want that one? i would go on but im at 750 chars and would run out of room.
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Male 1,217
wow thats SOME thinking in there.

TMI

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Male 4,246
Hey, food for thought! MMM Tasty!!
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Female 665
lol. yeah. all of it makes sense. i hate it when they advertise medication on TV. kuz all the patients are like "i want this and i want that" even though, it might not be the best medication for them.
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Male 908
^Makes sense^
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Male 651
If #2 was true, then there wouldn`t be any homeless people in America because they could all earn their share by self-employment. Personally, I think it`s better to get a job when you`re just starting out on your own economy-wise. Then, when you have enough assets to support yourself if your potential "work-at-home" business falls into the drink, do you even consider self-employment.
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Male 10,115
Link: 10 Things I Wish I Had Never Believed [Rate Link] - Some decent points.
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