Skip to comments.The Top 5 Things Graduating Students Need To Hear Before They Go Into The Real World
Posted on 05/24/2014 5:29:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
All across America at this time of year, there are high school and college students graduating from our education system and heading into the real world. Here's a little advice for them from outside the liberal cocoon their teachers have weaved over the last few years.
1) You were not born special: Everyone is not a winner. Everyone is not a good person. Everyone doesn't deserve to have high self-esteem. Everyone doesn't deserve success.
So, what about you? Are you special? Are you a winner? Do you deserve success? That remains to be seen because everything you've done in school so far means precisely jack squat in the real world.
Yes, if you were lucky enough to go to an Ivy League school, there may be a few people who'll give you an opportunity based on your pedigree, but you still have to perform. Everybody does -- and as a new graduate, you'll be up against more experienced competitors who made it through school just like you did.
You want to be special? Then you must outwork them, outsmart them, and prove it. Until you do, you haven't proven there's anything special about you.
2) Your future probably isn't going to be as bright as the one your parents had: If you're like most people your age, you've heard people talking about the national debt, but you probably haven't paid much attention. After all, it doesn't seem to impact you personally and you're probably assuming someone will just take care of it.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but actually nobody is taking care of it and what that means as a practical matter, is that you will probably never retire unless you save enough money to do it on your own dime. I could give you quotes and statistics out the wazoo, but if you've been paying attention, you probably already suspect this is true. Point being, if you don't want to be 85 years old, working as a Wal-Mart greeter to make ends meet, start putting money back and start from day one.
3) If you're not skeptical of government, you'll be sorry: As someone who works in politics for a living, let me assure you that all jokes you've heard about politicians being liars are true. They lie to get elected, they lie to escape blame, they lie to their enemies, and they lie to their friends. The bigger the promise, the more likely it is that it's a lie. Even on the rare occasions when politicians aren't lying, never forget that we live in a country where people from the opposing party would probably fight a cure for cancer if someone from the other side came up with it. If somehow, some way, a good idea isn't destroyed during that process, it'll usually be implemented by lazy, butt-covering bureaucrats who'll screw it up because they're indifferent to whether it succeeds or fails.
This may seem like a crazy way to run a country at first glance, but when you live under a system designed by a group of Founding Fathers who viewed government as a necessary evil that needs to be as limited in power and scope as possible, it makes perfect sense. That's why you shouldn't trust the government, you definitely don't want to rely on the government, and God help you if you ever come to depend on the government.
4) You probably won't have the cool stuff your parents have until you're their age: Some people live the dream of getting a high paying job right out of college and accumulating all the neat stuff their parents have before they're thirty. On the other hand, most people struggle to make ends meet in their twenties, start to pull it together in their thirties and hit their prime earning years in their forties and fifties.
If you're in your early twenties and struggling to pay the bills, it's not that America is "mean," "racist," or "cruel," it's just what life is like for most people.
5) You are not a victim: Someone has probably told you that you're a victim. It could be because you're black, white, Hispanic, Muslim, Christian, female, gay, straight, rich, or poor. It doesn't really matter because it's all bull****.
"Oh, but my story is different because this happened to me, or That person said this to me..." ...just stop. That's loser talk. Always has been, always will be.
Is that too harsh? Well, it's what most people are thinking, but they don't have the guts to tell you the truth. You might not realize it, but that's actually good news because victims need someone else to save them. If you're not a victim, it means you can take care of yourself instead of waiting for some jerk on a power trip who will try to shovel a pile of manure on your plate while demanding a thank you for stooping to help a victim like you.
“Good luck finding a job” Mitt Romney should have said it wen he lost. Wasted opportunity.
Uh...I’m pretty sure I’m special.
So am I
Special ED that is.
But I get to Pilot the “Short Bus”
Hang on it’s gonna be a bumpy ride;)
I never went to my graduation from college. I was working already. It was a good thing too because the speaker was the Congressman from Hawaii and I heard it was a painfully boring speech where he spent way too much time on the fact that the Department of the Interior kept Indian skulls in a warehouse.
The new “success formula” for recent graduates in today’s America:
— Game the system; let others pay your way whenever possible
— Always blame others for your shortcomings or problems
— Use your newly acquired powers of expression to obfuscate, misdirect, and justify
— Spend beyond your means and unhesitatingly walk away from your debts
— Prolong adolescence as long as possible and avoid the burdens of responsibility and commitment
In short, embrace the liberal principles of the Democrat Party which were inculcated in you these past four years.
Nope, Andrew Jackson got it down to 0.
The current level of national debt is $17.5 TRILLION. Each taxpayer’s share of this NOMINAL debt is a whopping $151,000. However, each taxpayer’s share of the nation’s unfunded liabilities, an incredible $129 TRILLION, is an astonishing and unprecedented $1.115 million! The nation’s massive accumulated debt will be a crushing burden for decades to come.
“However, had the author claimed their bleak future was a result of ØbamaCare, I would have agreed.”
We’re actually over 100% now (i.e., $17.5T debt versus $16T GNP)...and after WW2, we actually did want to pay it off, or at least pay it down.
I totally agree. our country needs a problem solver. Mitt is a a great problem solver.
(2) is self-defeating nonsense. The rest is practical.
The other week I saw that my 4 year-old daughter has out grown her bicycle, it’s for a small child and has no pedals. I told my wife about getting a real bicycle with pedals and training wheels. She said maybe we don’t need training wheels.
I then gave a 10 minute explanation of how training wheels help to give a sense of accomplishment, that is an important early lesson in life even if only used for a short time. I also discussed taking her to the park and related stuff...
The next day when I went to pick her up from the Catholic daycare... she was in the backyard riding a bicycle all around the place!
I told my wife: Forget what I said, she already rides a bicycle...
She asked: Really?
I said: Like A Pro!
She’s special. :)
and somehow they will have all the cool stuff before they are their parents' age... either their parents will buy it for them, or they will buy it on credit... it is the American way for some time now...
1) Get a job.
2) After you get a job, help someone else get a job.
3) After getting a job...save, save, save...but spend some earnings so that other companies can increase hiring so that others can get a job.
4) Demand that your government create an environment that promotes getting a job.
5) Demand that your government reduce it’s programs that dissuade folks from getting a job.
I disagree with all of them except number three. You should distrust your government. Vote them out when you get fed up with them. It is the brilliance of the system that it is set up that way. You are special you are a child of God made in His image and likeness. That should be the most humbling experience of your life when you realize that. You have no idea what you are capable of, you can move mountains. And some of you will. You are living in the greatest country in the history of the world. You are victims of an elaborate hoax called education where even science is corrupted with politically correct indoctrination. Empty yourself and soak up knowledge through experience and life long learning. Add all that to the good parts of your education and once again, you will move mountains. You are special , don’t shine your light under a bushel and show the world.
Meanwhile more than a few of her classmates refused to take any low paying, starter lawyer jobs preferring to wait for the offers from the big law firms and the big pay they deserved. Or so they thought. Many of them were still umemployed five years after graduation. Moral of story: take what is offered however menial and work your way up.
I don’t. But I do put glue boards on all the other windows to help keep others in the seats;)