It does not matter if it is someone higher up than me. Still talks to them as if he/she is (at the best) my equal. I find it hard to behave too humble unless I think someone really deserves my respect. When I try to play along the result is me=a very polite and correct ROBOT.
I hope at least that if you are questioning authority and they give you a good reasoning that you at least consider it and don't get some nimrod response...
I dealt with two kids today -- one a freshman and one a sophomore in high school and I gave them a group project to work on. Two of their class members have been working and those two were screwing off. So I ask them -- would you act this way at work? Their response: Yes, it would make it fun. I ask: Would you want to hire somebody that is screwing around and not doing their work? They give no good response again. So I ask: Do you want to have a good job in life or would you rather get fired from several jobs and not have money to pay your bills? Once again, they give no good response and simply would rather not take any of it seriously. The sad part is that one of them has already had a job and gotten fired, but doesn't think twice about acting different (or so fellow classmate informed me).
Then late last week early this week I had a group of juniors and seniors writing up business goals. Had a few senior guys argue with me as to why they need to write business goals. Multiples of them I gave the response of: Do you plan to graduate? Do you plan on having a job? If you have a job, you would be working in a business. Would you possibly ever want to start a business yourself at some point to earn more money? How would you have a direction as to where you should go with that business if you do not develop good goals? How do you achieve life dreams if you do not set goals for yourself? Does anything ever get accomplished if you do that?
Again... to this I get responses of: "I'll just pay someone to write goals for me" or "I don't need goals to accomplish things" or whatever other response that truly makes no good sense.
So I hope if you question authority you are at least giving better responses than these students of mine.
... and I apologize beforehand for our society's future - I'm trying, but these high school kids don't have much care about anyone or anything. :dry:
When I get some of them one-on-one once in a while and make it very well known that I want them to be successful in life and that I know they don't want to be failures, I can get somewhere SOMETIMES.... but with some I don't know if I would ever be able to.I don't mean to derail this thread, but as a high school teacher myself, I just want to say I feel your pain. I'm glad to see it's not just an SJ thing. :happy:
Currently I have multitude of opportunities ahead of me. A business owner is going to give me some control over marketing his hotel and rental properties. Two engineers have asked me to join their technology business venture (which I think will succeed) because of my ingenuity and knowledge in marketing and information technology.When I get some of them one-on-one once in a while and make it very well known that I want them to be successful in life and that I know they don't want to be failures, I can get somewhere SOMETIMES.... but with some I don't know if I would ever be able to.
You just have to jump at the right opportunity.
Here's my idea for the day with the business class of juniors and seniors because I'm fed up with them thinking they can talk and not listen to my teaching and then try to tell me how pointless the class is....Currently I have multitude of opportunities ahead of me. A business owner is going to give me some control over marketing his hotel and rental properties. Two engineers have asked me to join their technology business venture (which I think will succeed) because of my ingenuity and knowledge in marketing and information technology.
I would not have these opportunities had I not majored in marketing and shown to the world my exceptional "out of the box" thinking and great business strategies.
Of course my "strategic skills" in business comes from the excruciating amount of time (years) spent in engineering.
And I would of quit engineering very early on and never have developed my ingenuity and potential had it not been for the core principles of hard work and dedication already instilled in me.
And these core values were hammered into me while in my pursuit of a career in the military. A career, just as in engineering school, where I kept hitting road blocks after road blocks, but never gave up because I knew two things: "Have goals worth fighting for in life and never, ever, EVER, give up!"
And those two things of never giving up and having goals in life came from a 9th grade teacher I had. A teacher who would lecture me about hard work and making something of myself. A teacher who I would roll my eyes to and be like "yeah, yeah, uh-huh" whenever she told me I needed to do my work and take things more seriously. Her job was to teach a class of at risk student's to have goals in life, find careers suited for our personalities, develop some level of discipline in us, and to help us see our full potential.
I still have some of the work I did in that class locked in a brief case in my room. Every couple of years or so when life has thrown me to the ground, I open the brief case and look at the lessons she taught me. It reminds me that I've grown a lot and have come a long ways. I close the brief case and take on life's challenges with everything inside of me, knowing that I will succeed.
You may not see it, but you do make a difference.
It's not like a get a rush or anything out of it. I simply question authority when something they do or say doesn't align with my logic or sometimes my personal values.
What would you do with a kid who said multimillionaire philanthropist?Want to know how to really achieve that dream job? Listen to what you're being taught now. Everything I have covered so far in this class is valuable in helping you do that -- take advantage.