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“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” — Robert Orben
Someone in Quora asked “What one sentence can change the world if every human being would live by it?”, and I answered:
“I have one major life philosophy and I’ve built my website around this central premise:
‘You can achieve nearly anything in life if you learned how!’
Want to get promoted and advance your career? Learn better leadership and management skills.
Want to improve your business? Learn better product development, marketing skills, “growth hacking,” etc.
Want to earn more through stocks and investing? Learn how to choose great companies, how to invest for the long term, when to trade, etc.
If there’s anything you want to become successful at, chances are, there are people who’ve become successful at it already. Learn from them! Study their winning strategies AND their mistakes which you should avoid… then apply the lessons you learned in your OWN life.”
Oddly enough, somebody didn’t like that. They *countered that there are way too many “opportunists selling false hope” and that poverty is hopeless. I understand his point. There are many spammers out there with recycled and plagiarized content and many “investment advisors” scamming people out of their money, but I DON’T agree with his point that poverty is hopeless. After all, there are people who write books and guides on how to improve crop yield to help poor farmers, recipe books for starting small food businesses (I found several in our local bookstores), guides and financial assistance for micro-businesses (Muhammad Yunus’ projects) and more.
Teaching people ways to earn money and escape poverty is MUCH better than telling them “you’re poor so it’s hopeless and all you can do is just suffer and die.”
Then the REAL reason why that person criticized me appeared on his next comment: [Read more…]