Trump’s Talk; A Message Unemployed Students Should Have Heard

What College Is

This short video is worth watching and passing onto others, especially students.

He’s speaking to students and his  message is timeless. It’s a simple, but important message about the opportunity to do something great, to find careers they love that make them economically viable, that requires hard work, and a never quit attitude.

This current generation never heard these words, or if they had, we wouldn’t have so many unemployed college students. He states the truth about finding what you love, but doing so in a way that makes you economically viable. In only a few minutes, he talks about never quiting, he talks about smart, great people who did quit. The one’s who should have seen dreams come true, but had quit. President Trump is real, he’s not the orator one might want, but his message is heart felt and real.

I was glad I found this today.

What College Is Not

I like Trump’s talk because it is 180 degrees opposite the messages this latest generation has received from their advisors. They listened to teachers, pop-culture, and others who said, follow your dreams. Trump says, find a career your passionate about, and is economically viable, and don’t quit!

The alternative message students have been getting in the last generation results in this pathetic commentary and excuse making. It’s not my fault. That sounds like, I quit. This article quote, and the article, in Forbes sounds like a student who is lost. The author in explaining his position provides excuses for students. He argues on behalf of the students who made bad choices by saying, “Again, they did nothing wrong.”

No, I suppose they did nothing wrong, like sheep, they didn’t think at all about what going to college meant, going to college is part of getting a job, period.

Excuse Making Never Leads To Improvement

The first rule of LEAN manufacturing is to get to the truth in order to make improvements to get better. Excuse making in this article means the next generation of students will be as dumb (intensity intended) as this generation.

“The education system encouraged them to do so and their parents likely followed along. Upon graduating they realized that this economic promise didn’t come to fruition so easily. Again, they did nothing wrong. The problem is in theframework and in the way our economic model incentivizes people.” Forbes, requotes Quora, January 8th, 2018  https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/01/08/why-are-so-many-college-graduates-unemployed/#40239e837fef

The person who wrote this, and Forbes who promoted it, are promoting more stupid students, this is crazy. Forbes should be promoting the Presidents talk, but they won’t. This article perpetuates stupid. It gives students more excuses, they will have learned nothing from this current in debt generation. LEAN would say, they will repeat the same poor college choices.

Education System Is To Blame

A simple root-cause-analysis points to the truth that the entire college message is owned by Universities who desire that all people become its subjects.

Someone needs to tell the truth about college education and the institutions promoting college education. Education is a system and it encourages its own survival over the survival, and life, of the students.

Colleges own and control both the message about college, and living life in general (atheism is promoted by colleges, that’s by design).

Class-Action

For parents and students, maybe a class-action lawsuit asking that colleges waive all debt if their graduates are unemployable. Just a thought. After all, colleges are the smart people, they’re the ones who teach economics, they knew that degrees they were charging hundreds of thousands of dollars for were useless. That little fact didn’t stop them from charging and promoting their degrees.

Compare Trump’s Message To the Forbes Article

Look at the Forbes article, compare that message to the Trump video and his message. Tell me which one promotes the best quality of life for students? Which one is honest with students, which one will help students be happy in a lifetime? The message of hard work, don’t quit, pick a degree field that makes you economically viable should be taught in every grade from middle school on up.

Thank you, President Trump, for speaking the truth, hopefully, teachers, universities, students and parents will pick up on the message.

Don’t forget, not everyone should go to college, now that’s a shocker! Yes, other countries understand that vocations are just as valuable, as degreed people. America needs more promotion of vocational training for skilled workers.

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Be the first to sign up below, I’m sure there’s an attorney who would take your case, I keep hearing about hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt for students and parents, maybe this way you can get money back, and save the next generation from the same pitfall, how else will we learn? Forbes won’t tell students about old fashion values, neither will teachers or Universities.

Three Stories of Jesus’ Birth

Merry Christmas! Jesus’ birth more than 2,000 years ago is both divine and historical.  So many faith traditions point to this, a special day. Let his grace and peace reign in your heart, at home, at work, and in public.  Go spread the joy.

MATTHEW 1:18

The Birth of Jesus. *18 Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, * but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, * yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Continue reading “Three Stories of Jesus’ Birth”

Work, Money (economics) and Mission

Try to separate your work, money, and mission?

They all weave together in your everyday. In fact, they work toward the same end all day. The question is do you see each in your day, all day?

Struggle and conflict occur often because we think work, money, and mission don’t belong together. I’m curious what you think? Have you ever been at work and asked yourself “what am I doing here?”

Have you been at Church and found yourself distracted thinking about work?

As different as we all are, we are very much the same.

What do you do when you have time on your hands but no job? Do you worry about getting a better job? Do you worry about bills? We all have that conversation with ourselves that influences us. How often does your conversation include money, work, and mission? How much time do you spend thinking about these things and having that conversation? Why do you occupy yourself with these topics?

Of course, there are many other topics; family, sex, chores, kids, homework, school, and many others. But, on the whole, the conversation between your ears, I’m guessing, includes the three; work, money and mission. Is that true for you? Maybe I’ve got it wrong so share your thoughts below in the comments.

It occurred to me recently to pray for all three at once; work, money, and mission.

Quickly, my reason for my prayer: employee handbooks don’t say you can’t talk about God at work. Right? But, there’s a cultural taboo, “don’t talk about God at work,” right? But people are soulful, your fellow employee is seeking the joy God offers just as much as you. They are having the conversation you have with yourself; if I get more money, better work and fulfill my mission then I’ll be happy, joyful. Right?

Chasing money doesn’t make you happy, doing more work doesn’t make you happy, being focused on your mission but unable to pay your bills doesn’t make you happy. So, I decided I would pray for a job where I could have the full life God promises me (you too).

So, first, of the year I asked God for a job that; utilized my skills and experience (work), was at a place where I could be in a community that accepted my faith (mission) and paid enough to meet my bills (money).

Today, I read the quote from the Gospel of John (today’s reading) and realized my prayer that offered to God the best version of myself and organized my work to him was a prayer he answered.

whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 16:23-28

This new role is helping the owners of a small business. It uses my prior experience owner, economics, LEAN, HR, benefits (work), is set for 30 hours of work per week (money), and directs my efforts toward God (mission). Quite an answer to a prayer to do his will. LOL.

God’s sense of humor is not giving this gift when I was young, of course, I didn’t pray for this gift when I was young because I followed cultural norms (no God in the workplace). LOL.

mission: listening and validating employees through lean/six sigma.

Work grinds down employees who, as a result, feel disengaged, ignored, overlooked and unappreciated. In the LEAN role, I am connecting employees to the customer value in a way that’s meaningful to each employee in their own way.

Simply put, I validate each employee by listening to them. This work makes me think of the virtue of subsidiarity. That is putting decisions closest to the worker who is doing the work; this is totally LEAN and totally Catholic social teaching. Pretty cool, I am helping employees and the employer and doing mission work.

God should not be absent from the workplace; where people are there God is too. With eyes of faith we can see Jesus in each person. How often do we give others their due in this regard? As a business owner, I know all too well how the economic realities will push aside the value of the people. If HR is doing its job they should find the “human” in the resource.

I’ve always thought of work, money, and mission as together but never have I had the opportunity I have today.

I love economics because, like gravity, forces that affect economics are immovable. People have to work to pay bills. Companies need employees to be more productive than their competitor to survive. I like the reality economics imposes and I like helping employees and companies be more competitive.

So, this new role I prayed for has me in the middle of making people, productive and happier and improves customer value and profitability. Pretty cool, and an answer to a prayer. Thank you Lord.

Do you think it makes sense to merge mission, work and economics together for you? What’s your workplace like?

I’d love to hear what you think? Comment or share below.

Fiduciary Double Speak, Owners Watch Out; Rules Change 4-8-2017

I’m that guy who loves details and actually reads things like the Fiduciary rule changes coming in April 2017. But, the 70 pages I just read have just been put on hold by President Trump (the article was written in election season). But, the industry leaders and bankers have acknowledged they may impose the spirit of the regulations.

I write my notes below knowing much of this or all of it may be deleted. So, stay tuned for more.

Breaking Fiduciary rules puts people in jail. Cool? Well, not so much. The rules have been revised, here’s the DOL statement about the new rules coming April 2017: Continue reading “Fiduciary Double Speak, Owners Watch Out; Rules Change 4-8-2017”

Virtues in Athletics and Life

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.50.22 AMVirtues teach us to raise above ourselves and answer God’s call to holiness. The virtuous act is a response to God’s goodness, the prompting of the holy spirit and a love of God and others.

The following document is the continued effort to shape a message about virtues, and their application to everyday life by witnessing to the way virtue can be used in coaching athletics, and then generally in life.

The goal is to prepare the message to be an invitation, understandable by anyone who encounters it, consistent with the teaching of the magisterium but not theologically difficult.

Go to Athletics & Virtue power point talk.

 

If you gain access to this document, do two things; share its link with others and give credit if you use any of this material for your own. It would be appreciated to receive your insights and feedback so this material evolves.

Let us do all things for Christ Our Lord, and God the Father in union with the Holy Spirit.

Don Watza