Friends Of Ned Hardy
I can’t think of a more important topic to write about than this. If you want to thrive in this world and do great things; If you want to have an impact on people’s lives; If you want be happy and live stress-free: You have to stop caring what other people think of you. It’s absolutely necessary to freely express yourself. It’s the only way to be an originator, a leader, and a creator.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to stop caring about people’s opinions. It’s in our nature to want to fit in and be accepted by our peers. There is a certain comfort that comes along with feeling accepted. However, if this desire to be accepted becomes the driving force in your life, you will become a watered down version of yourself, frightened to do anything that might attract criticism.
And that’s not what you want, is it? But, we’ve all been afraid to express ourselves at some point in our lives. If you haven’t been afraid to show the world something you’ve created, you’re probably not taking enough chances. The act of creating requires you to stand out from the pack and be an individual…voluntarily. This takes guts, the kind of guts that all Mancredible readers should strive to have.
2 things to remember next time you start to worry about someone’s opinion…
1. Nobody cares about you as much as you – People are extremely self-centered. And it makes sense: we’re trapped in our bodies and being ‘you’ is all that ‘you’ know. Everyone is living in their own first person shooter, and so we spend all of our time thinking about ourselves. In fact, most criticism people give is merely a reflection of how they feel about themselves.
“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
“Kiddie Arts” is a series of sophisticated digital illustrations by Netherlands-based artist Telmo Pieper that recreate a selection of his childhood drawings.
I decided I needed to kick my cigarette habit to the curb. For years I have been a heavy smoker. My family and friends have warned me time and time again of all the harsh chemicals I ingest daily to get my fix. Even more so, they are tired of the constant smoking cloud around me that they have to tolerate.
So when I found an alternative in Ciglites, I jumped on it. Ciglites is one of the most popular Ecigs in the market. I tried it out at my friend’s recommendation and was happily surprised. The nicotine packs a nice punch; the drags are sweet and flavorful. I can pull a nice long vapor out of it and more importantly it crushes my need for cigarettes. Ecigs such as Ciglites have fewer ingredients making them much more natural as opposed to traditional cigarettes. I no longer am ingesting thousands of harsh chemicals daily and my friends and family are thrilled that I actually don’t smell like an ash tray for once in my life.
Now I rotate flavors weekly, enjoying Ciglites delicious varieties such as Menthol, Cherry, Vanilla, Crown Tobacco and Cappuccino. I also noticed picking up Ciglites instead of traditional cigarettes has saved me loads of money. You can get a starter kit from www.Ciglites.com which includes an ecig, charger and three refills for around $17. They have a 30 day money back guarantee which is awesome, but I am sure you will be super happy with the product like I am.
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I work for a for-profit education company. There are a few things I have to get off my chest. The industry is a complete joke and I’m sickened by what we do.
First, we accept anybody. A student is merely a conduit in which student loan money flows from the federal government, to us. We could give two shits if we think a student will succeed. A student is a revenue unit (and is referred to as such). We’d let everbody in if we could. Unfortunately for us, we can’t.
Why? Well, the federal government only allows us to generate 90% of our revenue from their loans. Last I checked, we’re at 89.something. We are “private, for-profit” and nearly 100% government subsidized through their loan program. Think about that. Almost 90% of our revenue comes directly from the government and we can keep as much profit out of that as we want with zero obligation. Oh, there’s this thing called gainful employment floating around that’s a feeble attempt to regulate us, but everybody’s pretty sure most of the regulations will be stripped away or watered down to the point of uselessness.
While we’re on the subject of loans, let’s talk about how our students get them. In short, we handle everything. All we need is their name and their consent. We process all the paperwork on their behalf. It’s probably our most important function. It’s how we stay in business.
Here’s a fun tidbit: We encourage students to take out the maximum loan amount allowed even though they don’t need it all to cover their tuition. Why? Because it’s “free money” for the student, that’s why. Let’s just say we charge $25,000 a semester (we actually charge more if you can believe it) and when we talk to the student we’ll advise them to take out $30,000 so the student can use the extra $5000 towards whatever they want; perhaps a computer for their online courses or a car to commute to our brick and mortar facility, whatever. We also point out that they don’t have to pay this loan back for, like, years so who gives a shit? By that time they’ll have landed a sweet job because of the awesome education their going to get from us.
This might be a really good time to mention our one rule when hiring: If a candidate submits a resume and lists an online for-profit education school as their education (ours included), it is immediately thrown out. Let’s just say we know our product.
Our product. My god. I’ve seen the courses we offer online and they’re beyond a joke. I wish I could be more specific, but I’d probably give myself away. I’ve seen passing grades given for essays that wouldn’t have gotten past my 6th grade english teacher. I shit you not. Don’t get me started on the technical degrees.
If all that isn’t bad enough, here’s the best scam we pull. As a “benefit to our students”, we’ve established a “Foundation”. We solicit donations for the foundation that go towards student tuitions in the form of “scholarships”. This is akin to a company like Best Buy taking donations for a self-administered Best Buy Foundation and then giving that money to Best Buy customers and forcing them to use it at Best Buy. We use scholarships as a means to launder our foundation money to our bottom line. The scholarships we hand out usually go to the students who we think we can squeeze a little more out of, probably because they’ve hit their maximum lifetime limit of how much they can receive in government financial aid. Our scholarships make up the difference so we can get whatever government cash they’re still entitled to.
If our industry exists in ten years I’ll be very sad.
If you have ever been to a graduation, you know how boring and monotonous these snoozefests can be. The Kanazawa’s College of Art in Japan, however, is doing it right by letting all their students dress up in cosplay. If I’m going to be sitting in a chair for 4 hours, waiting for my name to be called, I want to be sitting next to a fucking Pikachu, Sailor Moon and some dude dressed as a damn cello!