Social analysis – ideologies

1)”Kung graduate ka ng _________, madali ka makahanap ng trabaho.”

Certainly elite colleges like Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and Yale University and top universities in the Philippines such as UST, ADMU, UP, or DLSU have name recognition that could help you secure an interview or win a job over other candidates. However, the reputation of your alma mater does not translate directly into higher wages or career success. But enrolling in a top universities and colleges can help you build influential networks that open doors after graduation.

For example in a job prospect, when you enter an interview. The interviewers first will look at both of your skills and education. If you have high grades that is good then let us resume, but if you do not have well speaking skills, you cannot overcome your nervousness, you cannot answer their questions well, and you cannot assured them about your needed abilities for the job, do you think they will accept you? Certainly not. Education alone cannot guarantee success in life .It must be followed by skills. Education is knowledge while skill is application. One need to have both to success in life. If you have aspiration and drive, you will do well no matter where you go.

2) “If you take your studies seriously, you will succeed.”

Achieving good grades and high class position are poor predictors of future success in life. Because bad days happen in life and fortunately for all those kids who got straight A’s all the way through yes they are intelligent, how well you take a test is not an indicator of how well you will thrive in the real world. You can get all A’s and still flunk life or have trouble finding a good and stable job. High grades doesn’t guarantee you success in life.

Bad grades, failed exams and bad records do not define you after these campus years. Your grades do not translate in the real world and your worth is not dependent on a number. Your GPA may help you get that first job or give you a scholarship, the way your NMAT score helped you get into your first or second choice of medical school, but like your score, it becomes unimportant after you leave that chapter of your life. Worst things will happen to you in life and this is just a minor bump on the long road ahead of you. The important part is that you learn from this failure and work harder to make up for it. Because failure teaches us a lot more than what we learn from our textbooks, from our teachers, from our schools/universities. Failure has lessons of perseverance, determination and loss. It will teach us how to succeed in life, how to enjoy and value our life.

3) “A rich person is one who knows how to save money.”

You’ll never get rich by just saving money. It’s a simple fact of life. Unless you’re an ultra-high earner, saving alone won’t make you rich. The answer is simple and requires a small distinction. The key difference is what you do with the money you save. Just simply saving money, whether you put it under a mattress, bury it in a can in your backyard or put it in a saving account earning a 1% interest, will never allow you to grow meaningful wealth if you start from nothing. Saving money isn’t necessarily a bad idea. It can help you in lots of ways. But, in the later years, it’s not how we get rich. Instead, you must invest your savings. That is the key.

Since saving is the only way to accumulate (save) wealth. Those whose wealth has gone up have seen it go up by saving it – more accurately investing it, and being buy and hold investors. That does take discipline, but it works better than lottery tickets, trying to work triple overtime.  Saving in a saving account won’t make you rich. You don’t need to use fancy economic jargon or know this year’s “hottest stock.” You don’t have to come from an affluent family, and you don’t even have to earn a massive paycheck. For most people, it all boils down to one thing: investing. “On average, millionaires invest 20% of their household income each year. Their wealth isn’t measured by the amount they make each year, but by how they’ve saved and invested over time,”

4) “There is massive poverty in the Philippines because Filipinos are lazy to look for a job.”

The most notable cause of poverty identified by the majority, both in interviews and the training, was ‘laziness’. This is characterized as having low interest in a good life, lack of motivation and initiative, low intellect, dependency thinking, reliance on assistance from others, and lack of life skills (to plan and organize their life). The overall feeling was that these types of people are ‘no hopers’ and in need of some form of assistance to survive; they do not have the ability and life skills to manage alone.

Some people are lazy because they lack the fundamental belief that they can do something and anything good to lift themselves from their present condition. So, each thought that comes into their mind end up in in the trash bin – “I can’t do it”. So they sit back and before they know it, they become clumsy and lose all motivations, energy and drive to do anything. Therefore, as adults, we have to constantly encourage one another to try something different and to keep trying without giving up hope and more importantly that we can all do anything if we set our heart and mind on it. With this orientation people will be less afraid to try something because it does not matter if they fail, because it is also ok to fail. Stand up for yourself and do something meaningful. “Proverbs 10:4 – Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

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