The opportunities available for young people today are greater than they've been in the past because society is more open in terms of not having a ceiling on what you can accomplish. I am a good example of that. I grew up with extreme poverty, and with a little application and a little luck, here I am.
There are different kinds of opportunities: There are opportunities in professions. There are opportunities in corporations. You can't climb a ladder from the top, so you have to start at the bottom. The question is whether you have enough ambition and can put enough effort into trying to accomplish what your potential commits you to accomplish. Going to school advances you in a society that is more and more demanding of intellectual capacity and the pressure to use your intellectual capacity. But the opportunities are there in any field you choose, provided that you apply yourself and recognize that the efforts you put in today will pay of tomorrow.
I don't have any magic formula as to how to get ahead. However, I would say that you should recognize that criticism is not always a put down. If you take it to heart, maybe it will guide the way you ought to be going. And make sure that, early on, you get a job in an area that is satisfying to you so that you get pleasure out of doing whatever you are doing with an eye on advancing in that profession. It's a lot easier to advance if you're doing something you like. Also, you should try to go outside the box and, whatever you're doing, try to learn enough about the area so that you're one step ahead of the person next to you. This is something I practiced a great deal - to try to really understand what I was doing and to understand the collateral implications, because those are ways you can distinguish yourself from somebody who's just in the pack.
Finally, I would not ignore the benefit of working with not-for-profit organizations which can use your services. Those are good for not only self-gratification, but also to give you access to other people in the community you can use for networking in terms of moving up.
I used to visit forums on the internet. Like, often. Nearly every one of them had a “soap box” thread where you could talk about anything. The titles ran the gamut, from “atheists or Christians: who’s crazier” to “what color socks are you wearing?”
One day, after…Continue
Posted on January 16, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments
In a folktale that has been retold for centuries in many variations (one of which is Shakespeare's King Lear), an elderly king asks his three daughters how much they love him. The two older sisters deliver flowery speeches of filial adoration, but the youngest says only "I love you as meat loves salt." The king, insulted by this homely simile, banishes the youngest daughter and divides his kingdom between…Continue
Posted on January 2, 2012 at 8:00pm
If you and I were face to face right now and I asked you that question, you’d probably promptly reply with “my family” or “my children” or “my spouse.”
But are you actually living that way? We say our family and relationships are most important, but our values are demonstrated not by our words, but by our deeds—not by what we say, but what we…
Posted on December 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment
Walk into any restaurant, airport, park, or even a child’s school play or Little League game and you will see many people who aren’t even there.
While their bodies are there, their minds and spirits are trafficking in another world—on email, Facebook, Twitter, Farmville, Second Life, Amazon, eBay, Angry Birds, Yahoo News or any number of alternative virtual worlds.
Posted on December 5, 2011 at 10:47am — 1 Comment