Skip to comments.10 Smart Things I've Learned from People Who Never Went to College
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 doesnt matter how good your ideas were.
3. Dont 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 isnt 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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1. There's no job worth being humiliated for.
2. There's nothing you can't learn on your own-if you want to.
You can survive anything.
Unless you don’t.
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...
Who cares as long as he is in there and dumps the dog that is in there now.
I’ll add a third: Experience is not making the same mistake twice.
Corollary: Good decisions come from experience; experience comes from poor decisions.
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.
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.
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.
Self-taught Brain Surgery. There is a idea to run with...
Here's mine: Experience is what you get when you did not get what you wanted....
(I have a LOT of experience!)
And many of then go on to get a Pathetic Helpless and Dumb degree.
Life’s not fair. Deal with it.
I am experimenting with nuclear engineering in my garage. I am working with plutonium isotopes tonight. Want to come over ?
Bring your own plutonium.
No, the Pathetic Helpless and Dumb tend to major in Psychology.
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.
“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).
You can survive anything but death. And maybe even that.
Never become impressed with how smart you are. We ALL die fools.
Experience is recognizing a mistake the instant you repeat it !
I've always been fond of the phrase, "Piled Higher & Deeper."
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.
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.)
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.
Probably inclusive to the aforementioned rule about doing business with bullies, but a salient example never hurts, right?
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”
“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.”
My breeder reactor is on the fritz. If I bring some uranium hexaflouride instead have you got good containment?
I’ve got a ton of lead.
It’s in the one once form though. :)
once = ounce
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.