The first journey of our westwardly bound road trip took us south to find some warmer temperatures and hiking opportunities. We almost skipped Big Bend National Park because it was a little bit out of the way, but we decided not to because neither of us had been before. It’s a surprisingly mountainous landscape in…
It’s time to start the projects! We bought this 1966 20ft Airstream Globetrotter about a month ago, so it’s time to get going. We’re starting by gutting the interior before we start rebuilding.
Thanks to the team at Personal Capital for putting together this interesting infographic on some of the 2016 Presidential candidate’s net worth. This is about as close as I’ll come to discussing politics on my blog and this is no indication of which way I’ll vote, but I can see why Bernie Sanders wants a…
Let’s face it, school doesn’t do the best job of setting us up for success in life. I’m not mad or blaming anyone, but if you’re expecting to succeed based only on what you learn in K-12, or even add in college, don’t expect Bill Gates to call anytime soon.
After I started working at Accenture, these things became readily apparent. Gone were the days that “being a good student” was enough for success. My bosses didn’t pass down assignments with clear rules and most of the time even if I did have direction it was quite unclear! After I read Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto, I was relieved that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way.
Gatto says it’s a quasi-conspiracy because the powers that be want to keep us working class people in line. I don’t quite believe that far yet (who knows, as I continue to grow my hair longer and wear more tie-die, I may move more that direction), but I do believe there are a lot of real world things school does a horrible job of teaching.
Anyway, enough talk, here are the five things I never learned in school:
1. How to Assess Myself
2. Take Action
3. Question Authority
4. Manage Money
5. That I’m More Than a Consumer
1. How to Assess Myself
No, I’m not talking about the kind of assessing of myself that I do after a long hike during tick season (too far?), I’m talking about determining if the work I do every day is really worth a damn. School teaches us to be dependent on constant feedback and grading from our teachers to assess how well we’ve done; we never get the chance to grade ourselves.
If you get a chance, check out my guest post on my wife’s blog (Revealing World) on our scary encounter with a gate agent! Click here to read it From the post: As we approached the queue to the airline counter, we waited to see which of the 15 agents we’d receive. There she was,…