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10 Things I Wish I Had Never Believed

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Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 14 Posts
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 4:18:50 PM
Interesting stuff... although is that to imply that most people DID believe at some point that admitting mistakes made you a wuss?

Female, 18-29, Australia
 1433 Posts
Monday, November 20, 2006 7:21:01 PM
He is write about building assets being a better way to earn money, but man oh man the stress that comes with that...

Male, 18-29, Western US
 3672 Posts
Sunday, November 19, 2006 10:57:13 PM
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!

Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Saturday, November 18, 2006 9:46:50 PM
This is total crapp, the author is a moron and what he says is clearly american patched together garbage.

Female, 18-29, Western US
 584 Posts
Friday, November 17, 2006 10:47:41 AM
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.

Female, 18-29, Western US
 584 Posts
Friday, November 17, 2006 10:38:48 AM
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

Female, 18-29, Western US
 584 Posts
Friday, November 17, 2006 10:32:07 AM
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 ...

Female, 18-29, Western US
 584 Posts
Friday, November 17, 2006 10:27:30 AM
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

Male, 18-29, Western US
 2479 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:09:23 PM

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 175 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:39:24 PM
Didn't he misquote the saying? It's "the love of money is the root of all evil."

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 175 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:32:45 PM
Didn't he misquote the saying? It's "the love of money is the root of all evil."

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3105 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:31:01 PM
#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.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 41 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 4:36:04 PM
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 : ).

Male, 13-17, Europe
 754 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:35:26 AM
the guy who wrote this is damn smart

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 3156 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:33:25 AM
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.

Male, 13-17, Western US
 59 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 1:28:33 AM
"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.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 14 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 1:19:12 AM
Everything he said WAS ABSOLUTELY correct.

Male, 13-17, Canada
 1955 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 1:18:51 AM
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...

Male, 13-17, Canada
 1955 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 1:17:42 AM
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....

Male, 13-17, Canada
 1955 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 1:12:24 AM
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...

Female, 13-17, Australia
 2406 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:48:02 AM
No. 7 is bull. Thats only true for public american schools.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 946 Posts
Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:39:38 AM
the link for 10 reasons not to get a job was better

Female, 18-29, Western US
 1434 Posts
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 11:28:23 PM
It's almost like listening to a hypnotist. O_o o_O ~_~ Ah, well. food for thought

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 3156 Posts
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 11:25:23 PM
"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.

Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 1201 Posts
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 10:08:17 PM
1000 charecter limit lol

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