Tuesday, July 26, 2011
An old man’s advice to teens who are rich, poor, talented, handicapped, ‘mentally challenged,’ or whatever:
1. Unless you are determined to be a doctor or a teacher (and can afford it), do not go to college. If you are already in college, drop out. (If you had planned to be a lawyer, first read SKIP COLLEGE: Go into business for yourself.)
2. Learn at least SOMETHING about basic self-defense. There is no need to study martial arts but do get a Kubotan and learn how to use it. You young men (as well as your grandparents) can also learn something about self-defense from Dirty Tricks for Savvy Chicks.
3. Never borrow money. If you can’t afford something, don’t rent it, lease it, join it or buy it. If you avoid this advice, I guarantee that someday you will be sorry you did!
4. Show respect to your parents. Once you survive the Terrible Twenties you’ll discover that they weren’t that dumb after all.
5. If you are determined to Make It Big someday, choose a field where you have a true passion. Spend several hours every day studying it or practicing it. You will eventually become the expert in your field. That’s how the Beatles did it, that’s how Bill Gates did it, and that’s how you can do it. Get a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success and study it. Seriously.
I have far more advice to give to young ones but I’ll first wait to see if there is any interest in the first five items, above.
My experience has been that teens seldom listen to those of us from the so-called “greatest generation.” They think the times have passed us by.