They Want us to Succeed

So, as you may already know from a previous essay, this essay blog was created for the Ron Paul Curriculum, a no textbook course that I will be taking for the remainder of my high school years. This week in my business course, I was asked to do something I really didn’t expect.  Read more

31 Reasons Why

You may not know this, but the essays I write for this blog are assignments given by the course I take called Ron Paul Curriculum. This is the course I have been taking for my education the past school year. If you search them on Google, an ad will appear that takes you to a landing page with about 30 reasons why you, or your children, should take it.(This Page) But, it doesn’t cover every reason. So, my assignment this week says: “Write at least five student benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum that I missed in the landing page.”

So, let’s start off with #1: Note taking. Students, after taking this course, will be able to identify what good note taking is, and be able to perform it themselves. This is taught by examples given in lessons, or by there being important points that the student mustn’t forget. I myself have become very adept in this aspect and can write them very short, while still giving enough detail.

#2: Writing Ads. Believe it or not, the business course gives all the information on how to start an actual business yourself at home. One of the major aspects I already went through that wasn’t mention on the landing page was writing a good advertisement. This can be extremely beneficial to someone looking for how to promote their products better, and can help differentiate the good ads from the bad ads.

#3: No Common Core! Yes. There’s a math course in this as well, which is entirely common core FREE. This is probably on of the things that made my parents choose RPC for my high school education. Sure your kids could do their math for free on sites like Kahn academy, but what some people don’t know is that Kahn is, in fact, Common Core based. So this is a huge benefit to parents who want to avoid that.

 

#4 CLEP cram courses. For those of you who don’t know, a CLEP is a College Level Examination Program. This is a standardized test that checks if students have college level knowledge and if passed, students can get college credits without needing to buy college courses. This is a very big advantage for students who can’t afford to pay for the full 4 years of college fees.

And finally #5: Diligence. This one is more opinion based than the rest of them. My opinion to be exact. I think that students become more diligent in their education because this course is entirely voluntary. It’s not required by law, nor do I have to finish by D day. I could choose to not do it whenever. But I don’t. I myself have chosen to keep doing the lessons and take notes and read the books. I feel students can gain that kind of mindset, a do-your-learning-cause-it’s-actually-beneficial type one.

So, in conclusion, I think those are five legitimate reasons that weren’t mentioned on the Ron Paul Curriculum landing page. While this might have sounded like an advertisement for it in itself, they are still good reasons why you or your children should join RPC

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A Chapter in My Life

It has taken about a month, but my journey with Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is over. The methods and techniques found inside are fundamental to human relations and I for one am eager to apply some to my life. But, for the sake of my assignments, I am only going to choose one right now and answer the following question which pertains to it. The question presented this week was actually a statement intended for me to expound on: “My plan to implement one chapter in my life.”

Now there are, as I said, a lot of techniques with chapters that I would like to work on, but I am only going to pick one to talk about right now. The chapter in question is Chapter 1 in Part 2 of the book. The ‘Principle’, as they are labeled, for this one is to become genuinely interested in people. Now this I have chosen because I believe it is something I struggle with. Normally, I am not one to talk to people, meaning other teens my age or there about, who I am unfamiliar with. This of course, is a result of my own ill-strategized choices, but, the implementation of this method would be a great benefit to the currently small amount of friends I have.

So how will I do it? Well, to be honest I just need to do the simple task of asking them how their day is, or even just saying hi to someone. Starting a conversation with,’hi, how are you doing?’ and sticking around to find out is a good start. The way this is heading, I now realize, is starting to sound like principle 4 – Encourage others to talk about themselves – but the two go hand in hand.

Now there is another way of doing this that is more interest orientated. For instance, ninety percent of the people I see on a weekly basis are at a youth gathering I go to. If I see someone, I might ask one of my friends what they are interested in. If they know, they might say that they like art or sports, or how about cars for example. Then with this in mind, I walk up to them and introduce myself, and then say “I heard you like cars, and was wondering if you could share what you know about them.” I am more than certain that they would want to talk about whatever they liked about cars or which model was their favorite.

It really isn’t that hard to do, but it is up to the person who knows it to apply it in life. So that is what I am going to try and do the next time I go to that gathering, or any event where a good deal of people are. Who knows what will happen. I might just gain a few friends along the way.

It Really Isn’t Hard

I am amazed at the simplicity of the techniques described in Carnegie’s book. It is equally surprising that some people don’t use them. The way I have been raised may have something to do with it, but it really isn’t hard to be friendly. This is why I am going to have a bit of difficulty in answering the question presented to me this week: “What would be the most difficult technique in this book so far for you to learn how to do well?”

Here’s what I will do. I am going to go over all the principles I have learned about so far in order and judge their individual difficulty. Then, in the end, I will draw up my conclusion. So here they are:

1: Don’t criticize. This wouldn’t be too hard for me to learn. I’ve done it many times in my life, so I am already well acquainted with this.

2: Give honest and sincere appreciation. Now, this one I do very often, so no work is needed here.

3: Arouse an eager want. This would take a lot of work for me. I would need to practice this one, and a good helping of trial and error.

4: Become genuinely interested. Ok, this one isn’t too hard. I can be interested in people. Now, if they like something I’m not into at all, it may be tough.

5: Remember a person’s name. Remembering a name is easy enough. I guess if I were remembering dozens of names it might get a bit difficult.

6: Be a good listener. Believe me, this is one of my skills.

7: Talk in terms of other people’s interests. Here’s a tough one. First I need to know their interests, and then learn about them.

8: Make the other person feel important, sincerely. I can do this. Maybe I need to work on sincerity, but I can.

9: Avoid arguments. In my house, this happens often. I need to work on this.

10: Never say,“You’re wrong”. Here’s one I can do. I can stay quiet when it comes to that.

11: If you are wrong, admit it. Believe it or not, this isn’t too hard for me.

12: Begin in a friendly way. This one will take a little bit of practice for me. It’s not often I don’t do this, but I will need to work on how I do it.

13: Get the other person saying “yes” immediately. The way he described this one, it should be simple for me.

14: Let the other person do the talking. This is kinda similar to the ‘be a good listener’ one, so I can.

15: Let the other person feel an idea is theirs. This shouldn’t be too difficult, so only mild work is needed.

16: Try to see things from the other’s point ofview. This one however will need a bit of work. This is really a skill in need of mastering.

17: Be sympathetic with people’s ideas. Even if it is bad? Now that I must work on.

18: Appeal to the noble motives. Saying that things can improve his situation on a personal or moral level is within my reach.

19: Dramatize ideas. Like TV comercials? I guess I can, though some practice must take place.

20: challenge people. I don’t often do, but it is possible for me.

Out of all of these techniques, I would have to say that arguing needs the most work. Why? Because I live with quite a few siblings, so arguments are something I live with. I wish it weren’t the case, but the truth is, we all need to work on this one.

The Simple Strategy

Carnegie’s book has been focused on how to make people like you this week. Some of these seem fairly logical, but the odd thing is, they aren’t commonly known or practiced. I have been fortunate to go over these practices and have applied a couple of them in my life lately as well. What’s interesting is this book can not only be applied to our daily lives, but it is very important to apply it to business and business transactions. Speaking of business, this weeks question was ‘how important is trust in a business relationship?’

The answer is it is very, very important when it comes to long-term business relationships. Without trust, no one would be able to open their social barrier long enough for you to make a sale. Now, getting this trust requires a strategy, the one that Carnegie describes in his book. It is simple, yet effective, and, as I said earlier, it can make both business relationships and friendships as well.

This is the strategy in a nutshell: Become genuinely interested in people, smile, remember their name, Be a good listener, talk about other peoples interests, and make them feel important. That’s all you have to do. Now, having the self-control and the will to implement is a whole other matter. Let’s say you can, and let’s say you were a salesman for a company that makes X. When you go in to meet a rich man to offer X, don’t say ‘I want to sell you X’, talk about something they like or say that you look up to him, that he is great at what he does. Basically, seem like a friend, rather than a business man.

Now this can be applied if you were say, selling products to a store. Now, say you know that the manager’s son just won a Little league baseball game. When you meet the manager of the store, greet him by his name, shake his hand with a smile, and start a conversation with what you know about his son. Now, he could go on and on about his son, or his kids in general, so this is where you need to be a good listener. When he stops for a breath, encourage him to keep talking by saying ‘really’ or ‘is that so’ or even ‘I’d love to know more’.

This simple strategy not only can get you a sale, but can also earn you a friend. You will be better off in business, and in life, by adopting this kind of non-selfcentered way of living. You’ll have a greater, kinder impact on you friends, and everyone around you.