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Stuff You Can Always Use

Below is Seth Godin's Blog entry from 5/6/2011.  His headline for it is What's High School For?  I would re-name it: Stuff You Can Always Use.

When I read it, it struck me that I practice some, not all, some consciously, some not.  I think for anyone wondering how to make your way in the world, what to focus on, how to better your lot, what do you do to succeed, how to challenge yourself to grow personally, this is a good (but not complete) list to consider: 

Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following:

  • How to focus intently on a problem until it's solved.
  • The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success.
  • How to read critically.
  • The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority.
  • An understanding of the extraordinary power of the scientific method, in just about any situation or endeavor.
  • How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.
  • Project management. Self-management and the management of ideas, projects and people.
  • Personal finance. Understanding the truth about money and debt and leverage.
  • An insatiable desire (and the ability) to learn more. Forever.
  • Most of all, the self-reliance that comes from understanding that relentless hard work can be applied to solve problems worth solving.

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