I took a brief moment to check my feed reader and at least scan some of the most recent posts from bloggers who generally have something interesting and useful to say.Â There were at least two gems in the bunch that I felt like almost anyone could get something out of:
The first comes from Seth Godin, on Thrill Seekers and Fear Avoiders
Thrill seekers love growth. They most enjoy a day where they try something that was difficult, or–even better–said to be impossible, and then pull it off. Thrill seekers are great salespeople because they view every encounter as a chance to break some sort of record or have an interaction that is memorable.
Fear avoiders hate change. They want the world to stay just the way it is. They’re happy being mediocre, because being mediocre means less threat/fear/change. They resent being pushed into the unknown, because the unknown is a scary place.
The big end point in Seth’s post is that these two opposites used to be known as “risk takers” and “risk avoiders.”Â But as fast as things change, there’s actually more “risk” involved in resisting change than in embracing it.Â Chew on that one a minute.
The second item comes to us from Brian Kim via 43Folders.Â It’s an article on the top 5 things that should be taught in school.Â I especially related to this part:
If you look at this generation of students, youâ€™ll find that most are â€œshell shockedâ€ once they graduate because they had little or no preparation for what was to come.
High school mostly teaches you to memorize information and to regurgitate it back to your teacher, only to completely erase the information from your mind the moment you walk out after taking the test.
Kim includes Personal Finance, Communicating Effectively, and Time Management among his 5 Things.Â I have to say, had I picked up on those three alone when I was younger, I could have avoided a lot of trouble in my early to mid twenties.Â Another gem in that post was related to our materialistic culture, and how that makes it really difficult for young people to be financially responsible:
Another important subset regarding personal finance are those â€œintangibleâ€ things, such as learning to differentiate between need and want, delaying the gratification, and having an inner sense of value. These concepts canâ€™t be taught in the classroom but only taught through oneself via self discipline.
We live in a materialistic society where unfortunately, many young people grow up with the â€œhaveâ€ then â€œbeâ€ mentality.
If I have _______, then Iâ€™ll be ____________.
Blame it on the media, advertising, or the impressionable minds of young people, but youâ€™ll frequently see that a lot of people get stuck in this mentality and as a result, needlessly pile themselves in a mountain of debt.
Amen, Brother Kim.Â Preach it.