I’m going to diverge from my usual survival and preparedness related posts, Conservative political opinions and weapons related items just for this specific post so I can mention some important things I feel everyone should strive to achieve in life.  I’ve told this over and over to my children when they were growing up; and now that they are  college students; I’d like to pass it along to you.

  1. Attend college and graduate with an employable degree.  It is never too late to go to school.  A degree is not enough; it must be an employable degree.
  2. Enjoy what you do for work.  If you don’t then find another line of work. 
  3. Be proud of your country and proud to be an American.
  4. Find someone who makes you happy and when you do stick with that person.
  5. It’s better to have money and be happy then to not have money and be happy or unhappy.
  6. Life is too short to be miserable.
  7. If you don’t like something about your lifestyle or your personality, etc., then work on changing it.
  8. Have a hobby you enjoy doing and do it.
  9. Learn the art of relaxation.
  10. Have an attitude of gratitude.
  11. Believe in yourself and your abilities.
  12. Be confident always.
  13. Positive thinking gets you further than negative thinking.
  14. Agree with everything I say; oh alright, agree with everything I say most of the time 🙂

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.


  1. Awesome list of goals and advice. What ever you do to achieve #1, follow these 3 rules:

    1) Stay away from any/all shapes,sizes, of Sallie Mae loans. Even if it means graduating at the age of 60. You will thank yourself later. ESPECIALLY ANYTHING WITH A VARIABLE INTEREST RATE! AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAGUE. Instead take the time to research scholarships, grants, and other means of funding.

    2) Don’t believe any salary information the recruiter tells you. Remember these recruiters have one job, to get you to sign up at their school and they get perks if you take loans offered by the school finance dept. If they sling something outlandish, ask for it in writing an demand to see examples of success. If they choke up on the request, walk out now and don’t look back.After all, if they are such a great school they should be proud to show you these things, not shocked you are asking for them right?

    3) Do your own research on the school, make sure ALL of your credit hours will be transferable to major Universities, Colleges, Institutions or you will kick yourself in the ass should you ever want to continue your major elsewhere.

    “Employable” Degrees…I used to think that Degrees gave you a leg up. Now that I have my BFA, I think they are a mere wall decoration that you will never have to show your employer anyhow, and if under the rare circumstance they do ask you to provide proof of diplomacy, unless its from Harvard or Yale or the college the boss went to, it is just a piece of paper that tells them “I can complete something.”

    Also remember, right now the unemployment rate being at an all time high, you have to realize there are many overqualified people out there applying for the same positions you will be trying for. After college your new full-time job is going to be filling out applications, sending resumes,demo reels, business cards, and cover letters. Any school that promises job placement, salary, or employer favoritism…run the other way. Job placement programs in some colleges, are below the ones you may have had before you went to school. Literally calling jobs at places like McDonalds, Wal-Mart, and cashiers at your local grocery store or gas station “successful placements”. Again before enlisting in a school ask to see the employment placement department and see what kind of jobs they are posting, take it a step further and talk to students who have been there for a few years and ask them about the career opportunity placements they or their friends have been offered.

    One final note. Since the unemployment rate is so high, there are so many tinfoil hat “colleges, universities, academies,trade schools, creative arts schools” slinging toilet paper degrees to any illiterate jack-tard that can write an essay at the end of the week and shows up to class on time. This is making it very easy for businesses to stay alive by using interns to do grunt work. Which means you can and hopefully will work your ass off. But don’t be discouraged when they don’t hire you and take another intern in your place. There was one there before you who probably worked just as hard if not harder than you did and got the same treatment and you won’t be the last one to have a face palm moment there. Its kind of becoming the new trend, because every intern is going to work hard in hopes they will get hired on at the end. If it were only that easy!

    Sorry if this came across negative, I just want future students to be aware that there is a financial pitfall out there, called student loans and if you are not careful you will wind up in a world of debt with variable interest rates.

  2. rmactsc says:

    Thanks and I appreciate the extra comments you provided as well. If you can keep yourself away from loans and just pay as you go; you are always better off. Student loans can amass quickly and put you behind the eight ball even before you get out into the working world. If your education is going to stop after acquiring a 4 year Bachelor’s degree; here are the most employable degrees currently in no particular order. Accounting, Computer Programming, Engineering, Education, Nursing. Everything else at the Bachelor’s degree level especially what I refer to as nonsense degrees will be a tough road to follow; when going out and finding a good paying job.

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