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    Re: Concise life lessons

    Quote Originally Posted by William Noy View Post
    Call me old fashioned (and I actually consider myself easy-going in that I don't require my children to call me "sir" as some of my contemporaries had to do with their parents), but "no" is not something you say to an adult in authority over you if you're a child.
    To be fair, though I am sure it doesn't apply with the kids you mentioned in your example, it is good for kids to learn to say "no" but only when it is reasonable to do so. There are plenty of childish adults (including some teachers) who abuse of their authority over a child. That said, well-raised kids don't seem too common.

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    Re: Concise life lessons

    Quote Originally Posted by Quant View Post
    To be fair, though I am sure it doesn't apply with the kids you mentioned in your example, it is good for kids to learn to say "no" but only when it is reasonable to do so. There are plenty of childish adults (including some teachers) who abuse of their authority over a child. That said, well-raised kids don't seem too common.
    I agree, and as I have explained to my own kids, that I will allow them to question orders (because I DO want to encourage critical thinking) only after they have demonstrated a habit of obeying orders.

    Fortunately, I think my kids are almost there. They almost never say no, but my son DOES ask "why" when I tell him to do something--and "why" is a more sophisticated version of "no."

    And, as described above, I tell him I'll be more than happy to discuss the "whys" and "wherefores" just as soon as he actually does what I say first.
    Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. --Seneca

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    Re: Concise life lessons

    1) Everything you do do it right away, if you wait, you most likely will not be able to do it any more.
    2) Never make a decision which has a downside for you on the same day. Sleep on it.
    3) Never assume. Ask all the questions that rise in your mind, always. You will severely regret it if you don't.
    4) People do whatever they can get away with, without negative consequences to themselves. Reward and punishment are still the basic means of changing behaviour.
    5) Fear provokes sadism in people, confidence provokes acquiescence.
    6) "Tough times never last, tough people do." - don't know who said this initially.
    7) Are your goals worthy of your life?
    If you see an average human as a logical actor you might be dissapointed. If you see them as an input/output device you might not be.


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    1) Quality Food + Quality Exercise + Quality Sleep = Quality Body. The most important word there is quality.

    2) You become who your friends are.

    3) Men do not exist in Women's World. In Women's World, men resemble *money* or *clowns*.

    4) Push your comfort levels in daily tasks and in your life philosophies. 99% of people are wrong about what they believed which is why they aren't at the top. Odds are that you are wrong about your life philosophy as well.

    5) At any job you start, always have an exit plan. Every job will try to get you stuck there and then give you more and more stuff to do while keeping your pay the same. Don't allow yourself to be leveraged by bosses.

    6) The US allows dual citizenship. Natives should strive to get another citizenship as backup and to shop the market of nations.

    7) Time is more important than money. It is easy to make more money, but you cannot make more time. Losers focus on saving money, winners focus on saving time.

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    Re: Concise life lessons

    Well If I could tell myself anything

    1) Don't believe what anyone tells you at face value, some people just hate you (an will sabotage you) and there is nothing you can do about it.

    2) Failure is just part of the process of success, the bad part.

    3) You might be honest but many people see that as an exploitable weakness.

    4) The world is designed by the powers that be to drain your soul out of your body. They will succeed if you let them.

    5) Believe in things only once you have irrefutable truth, until then treat it as the best available theory.

    6) You only have one self, love it and take care of it with every thing you got.

    7) Your a good man with a reasonably good heart and never forget it.

    8) Even if the whole world is against you who cares? They just don't understand yet.

    9) Whether in work or other settings fight hard for yourself and yourself alone.

    10) Stop drinking and smoking so damn much you dumb teenager.

    11) Would it kill you to hit the Gym or books every now and then?

    12) Never let them hate on your car choice. If you think its cool than it is!

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    Re: Concise life lessons

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    3) You might be honest but many people see that as an exploitable weakness.
    True story--being honest can get you fired. And your honesty will be used as a weapon against you by a BSC soon-to-be-ex-wife during the divorce process.

    That said, I don't approve of lying, and I am very uncomfortable if I have to do it. In my own life, I've learned to compensate for the dangers of honesty by finding the line between sneakiness and honesty/forthrightness and stay just on the honesty/forthrightness side of that line. I do not share information, goals, strategies, etc. All of that information is given on a need-to-know, and most people don't. And, having had it used against me too many times by my ex-wife, I very rarely give my word outside of the business context. But if I do, you know I'm good for it.
    Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. --Seneca

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    Re: Concise life lessons

    Quote Originally Posted by William Noy View Post
    True story--being honest can get you fired. And your honesty will be used as a weapon against you by a BSC soon-to-be-ex-wife during the divorce process.

    That said, I don't approve of lying, and I am very uncomfortable if I have to do it. In my own life, I've learned to compensate for the dangers of honesty by finding the line between sneakiness and honesty/forthrightness and stay just on the honesty/forthrightness side of that line. I do not share information, goals, strategies, etc. All of that information is given on a need-to-know, and most people don't. And, having had it used against me too many times by my ex-wife, I very rarely give my word outside of the business context. But if I do, you know I'm good for it.
    I always follow this golden rule, lies are the truth until proven otherwise. I don't advocate being a pathological liar but if the other side to whom you're lying cannot prove otherwise than it might as well be the truth. This has gotten me out of many speeding tickets in my life.

    Also the truth can be open to interpretation. This is the principal that many lawyers and crown prosecutors use to assign motive to motiveless actions.

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    Very very true about your point on honesty...it was used against me when divorce came up.. but I came out on top as my divorce lawyer (female) waved all charges except the cost of gov paperwork to get closure. Im lucky..not everyone gets a 2nd chance like that.

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    Re: Concise life lessons

    • 100% of business and 99.9% personal relationships only go as far as mutual advantage. .1% .... make those your friends for LIFE.
    • Play the long game.
    • Know when and where to SHUT UP.
    • Showing up on time is 66% of success.
    First date: A job interview in which a slot-c tries to determine a man's financial suitability in relation to its desire for children.
    Oxytocin, more dangerous than heroin.
    I am not going to sacrifice my freedom and wealth for your ideals.
    If she isn't fucking you like a porn star she is fucking someone else like one.

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    Re: Concise life lessons

    There are so many good concise life lessons here. Thought I'd add one for a joke (something I read a while ago):

    Go and rob a bank. It doesn't matter if you fail or succeed; either way, you'll have your rent and bills paid for the next decade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macavity View Post
    5) At any job you start, always have an exit plan. Every job will try to get you stuck there and then give you more and more stuff to do while keeping your pay the same. Don't allow yourself to be leveraged by bosses.
    Yes! This tip really resonated with me and is so true. Most people didn't come to work to actually work. If there is a task that can be pawned off on someone else and they can get away with it, they will pawn it off.

    If I could add to this work related advice is I would say that you should not give it 100% at work if you can. If you live in America, the government takes roughly 25%-27% of you income via income tax, medicare/medicade, social security etc. This leaves you with only 73 to 75% of the income you even get to see initially. This isn't taking into account all the other taxes imposed such as sales tax. My point is if you only see a portion of the reward, you should only put in a portion of the effort.
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