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10 Smart Things I've Learned from People Who Never Went to College
Forbes ^ | 8/02/2012 | David DiSalvo

Posted on 08/07/2012 12:28:50 PM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs

1.  You can learn something useful from anyone.

2. If quality slips, it really doesn’t matter how good your ideas were.

3. Don’t ever let a bully intimidate you – not even once.

4. Reciprocity is the name of the relationship game and always will be.

5. Learning is good; Doing is better.

6. Kindness isn’t optional.

7. You can survive anything

8. Get a dog.

9. Money is important, but experience is invaluable.

10. Just be ready.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: college; forbes
10 things to think about when watching the political ads leading up to the election. I wonder what kind of dog the Romneys will get for the White House?
1 posted on 08/07/2012 12:29:00 PM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
I'll add two:

1. There's no job worth being humiliated for.

2. There's nothing you can't learn on your own-if you want to.

2 posted on 08/07/2012 12:33:53 PM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

You can survive anything.

Unless you don’t.


3 posted on 08/07/2012 12:36:03 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: jboot

a modern day sheepskin is just a head-of-the-line pass for paying your dues up front and allowing yourself to be indoctrinated/brainwashed/dumbed-down...


4 posted on 08/07/2012 12:38:22 PM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Who cares as long as he is in there and dumps the dog that is in there now.


5 posted on 08/07/2012 12:42:49 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: jboot

I’ll add a third: Experience is not making the same mistake twice.


6 posted on 08/07/2012 12:43:49 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

Corollary: Good decisions come from experience; experience comes from poor decisions.


7 posted on 08/07/2012 12:47:45 PM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
The 4 Immutable Laws

Those who spend their own money on themselves are concerned with price and quality.

Those who spend their own money on others are concerned with price but not quality.

Those who spend others money on themselves are concerned with quality but not price.

Those who spend others money on others are concerned with neither quality nor price.


8 posted on 08/07/2012 12:49:39 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: jboot

I had plans for college until I became a daddy at 19. Became an apprentice carpenter instead. Went through four years of apprenticeship school in two years and the rest of my life, enjoyed my occupation of carpentry and contracting. I doubt if a college degree would have enhanced my life much more than working with my hands and enjoying building dream houses for people. I don’t do much of that any more in my elder years but still working with my hands creating Native Art and sculpturing stone,wood and antlers.


9 posted on 08/07/2012 12:52:24 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: gunnyg

Not exactly.

Here’s the thing about college, probably 3/4 of the people in college really shouldn’t be. They aren’t there because they are passionate and WANT TO LEARN, they are simply there because “that’s what you do after high school”

They are wasting everyones time and money, and are a hinderance to those who are truly there for academic persuit.

So that means 3/4 of the people with college degrees were just killing time, but the other 1/4 or so truly are there to learn and grow and persue their passions. What the 3/4 waisting time learn is probably little more than you describe, what the 1/4 who are truly there for the right reasons learn is a completely different matter.

I was never once bullied into a liberal position by any professor, and challenged them openly when I had one, I did pay my dues in Liberal Arts classes that had no relation to my field of study, or desires, but like all things in life you have to do things you don’t want to do, in order to do the things you do want to do. I graduated from college even more convinced my political beliefs were better for society and humanity than I did when I entered college, because I saw first hand what the leftist nonsense brought.


10 posted on 08/07/2012 12:54:39 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

My two are:

Stupid Should Hurt

You will never be paid less that what you will accept or more than it costs to replace you.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 12:56:19 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: jboot
There's nothing you can't learn on your own-if you want to.

Self-taught Brain Surgery. There is a idea to run with...

12 posted on 08/07/2012 12:56:26 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: kevkrom
Hello,

Here's mine: Experience is what you get when you did not get what you wanted....

:)

MOgirl

(I have a LOT of experience!)

13 posted on 08/07/2012 1:04:53 PM PDT by MOgirl (STAND)
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To: HamiltonJay
" probably 3/4 of the people in college really shouldn’t be.... They are wasting everyones time and money, and are a hinderance to those who are truly there for academic persuit."

And many of then go on to get a Pathetic Helpless and Dumb degree.

14 posted on 08/07/2012 1:10:24 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Life’s not fair. Deal with it.


15 posted on 08/07/2012 1:18:21 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: jboot
” There's nothing you can't learn on your own-if you want to.”

I am experimenting with nuclear engineering in my garage. I am working with plutonium isotopes tonight. Want to come over ?

Bring your own plutonium.

16 posted on 08/07/2012 1:26:10 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Steve Van Doorn

No, the Pathetic Helpless and Dumb tend to major in Psychology.


17 posted on 08/07/2012 1:28:27 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay
Here’s the thing about college, probably 3/4 of the people in college really shouldn’t be.

I would add that probably 50% of the "areas of study" are just as useless. I don't see a whole lot of openings for experts in the areas of feminine studies, or most of the "art" degrees out there.

18 posted on 08/07/2012 1:30:09 PM PDT by Hope for the Republic (The 1st amendment is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

“No man is so damn smart that you can’t learn 80% of what he knows in 6 weeks. The rest is decoration”, Dr. Francis Eldgrin Gelhorne (from “Player Piano” by Kurt Vonnegut).


19 posted on 08/07/2012 1:31:59 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Sherman Logan

You can survive anything but death. And maybe even that.


20 posted on 08/07/2012 1:33:27 PM PDT by RichInOC (Jesus is coming back soon...and man, is He ticked off. (I'm trying to keep it clean.))
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Never become impressed with how smart you are. We ALL die fools.


21 posted on 08/07/2012 1:41:29 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: jmacusa
"I’ll add a third: Experience is not making the same mistake twice."

I prefer

Experience is recognizing a mistake the instant you repeat it !

22 posted on 08/07/2012 1:43:17 PM PDT by JMJJR ( Newspeak is the official language of Oceania)
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To: Steve Van Doorn
"And many of then go on to get a Pathetic Helpless and Dumb degree."

I've always been fond of the phrase, "Piled Higher & Deeper."

23 posted on 08/07/2012 1:50:46 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Never tolerate lying. Make all liars feel rejected.
Treat old people with the utmost kindness and courtesy.
Make your decision based on best evidence, then push ahead and act like you’re confident you were right.


24 posted on 08/07/2012 1:56:27 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: RichInOC
You can survive anything but death. And maybe even that.

Yup.

Been there, done that.

(A CPR instructor once insisted, despite my intense questioning, that once your heart stops - you're dead. Period. Might come back, but stopped heart = dead. A couple decades later, I had open-heart surgery. "Your husband is doing fine, they're stopping his heart now." Wife didn't like that. No idea how long that bit lasted, but it wasn't short, maybe 1-2 hours. And I was, by aforementioned definition, dead. And now, thank God, I'm not.)

25 posted on 08/07/2012 2:04:57 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: I see my hands

BTTT


26 posted on 08/07/2012 2:11:01 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Hope for the Republic

I would suggest that seventy percent of all students in a four-year university....really don’t need to be there. Forty percent ought to be at a community college, ten-percent ought to be in a one-year occupational certification program. The rest (20 percent) can just go and work as shift managers of Wal-Mart, car-rental establishments, or IHOP.

I’d even go as far to say that half of all school teachers could get by with just a community college degree. I could see a reason for science or math teachers having a four-year degree....but grammar or history teachers? Oh please, that’s silly. A two-year degree is more than enough....same for music or art teachers, and I won’t even say what gym teachers ought to have....but it’s nowhere near an associates degree.


27 posted on 08/07/2012 2:15:26 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Well just for the sake of conversation I may or may not have been to college but if I may add my $.02 worth... Please refer to my tagline.

Probably inclusive to the aforementioned rule about doing business with bullies, but a salient example never hurts, right?

28 posted on 08/07/2012 2:28:14 PM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a "known safety risk" shooting with you even if he is an ordained minister.)
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To: gunnyg

I have a formal 8th grade education and a GED, never felt held back for anything I wished to accomplish. Have been issued US mechanical patents and retired from the private sector at age 52.

As stated on family Home page.

“Being an autodidact, I happily escaped the bureaucratization of intellect”

http://hstrial-rchambers.homestead.com/Index.html


29 posted on 08/07/2012 2:43:08 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Once I was young, now I am old and the in between went way too fast)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“I’ve always been fond of the phrase, “Piled Higher & Deeper.”

My dad always said, “I never met a PhD that didn’t need it.”


30 posted on 08/07/2012 3:28:52 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: woodbutcher1963

My breeder reactor is on the fritz. If I bring some uranium hexaflouride instead have you got good containment?


31 posted on 08/07/2012 5:45:35 PM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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To: jboot

I’ve got a ton of lead.

It’s in the one once form though. :)


32 posted on 08/08/2012 5:53:26 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

lol.


33 posted on 08/08/2012 6:11:10 AM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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To: jboot

once = ounce

mea culpa


34 posted on 08/08/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Hope for the Republic

Well that’s a matter of debate, yes, from the practical, I can get a job out of studying this, there are degrees that are virtually worthless. However, it doesn’t mean they are not things that are worth study for someone who has a passion about it.

I have a relative who has a doctorate in literature, a very very specific subset of literature.. a subset that maybe 100 people in the globe if that study. Now, is it my passion? Not at all, but it is hers, and she does get paid to research information in that subset, so while not my cup of tea, or really a high demand field, it was her passion, so she pursued it.

I do not feel that education should be limited to things that most folks find practical, if that’s what someone wants to study so be it. Whether it is a wise FISCAL move for them, well that’s their perogative.

Reality is, most folks are not intellectuals, they don’t go to college for the pursuit of learning, they do it to get a degree because its what you do, and many jobs require a degree for consideration, regardless of what the major is. Second reality is most folks don’t ever wind up working in a field remotely related to their degree EVER, and even more are not working in a field related to their degree within 5-10 years of graduation. Next time you meet a salesperson, ask them what their degree was in if they went to college.

There basically are 2 very distinct folks in college (well more, but 2 primary groups) Those that truly are passionate about an area of study, and those that are just killing time. The first group is far far smaller than the second.

Frankly in my opinion, far too many people go to college, I meet people daily with degrees that honestly I think their intellect if turned to electricity couldn’t toast bread, but somehow they got into a university and graduated, when clearly they should never have been. I think honestly public schools have dumbed down the average person so far, that probably 50% of college graduates if not more know far less than a Public School High School gradate from 1950 knew.


35 posted on 08/08/2012 7:15:23 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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