Grade 9 Business Lesson 97

Today I learned about The Morality of Business, Part 2: “Capitalism Is Humane” Today I had to watch this video about the question, “Is Capitalism Humane?” I think an important thing this video states about capitalism and socialism is not to accept it in terms of what they say it will do, but in terms of what it will actually do. Capitalism sounds selfish, that’s true, and that’s why people have ran from it to the ever welcoming socialism. I’ll use an example from the last lesson’s video. Imagine you have one neighbor, deep down he loves ya, but he yells at your kids and kicks the dog. And then you have your other neighbor, you know he hates your guts, but he gives you free stuff. Which neighbor do you like better? Don’t second guess yourself, you know you would like the second one better. This brings us to the principle that the ends do not justify the means. There’s a lot more in the video that should help persuade you that capitalism is morally right. I know that most of you don’t have the time to watch a 45 minute video, so what he concludes is:

“Capitalism per say is not humane nor inhumane, socialism per say is not humane or inhumane. But capitalism tends to give free reign, much freer reign to the more humane values of human beings. It tends to develop a climate which is more favorable to the development on the one hand of a higher moral atmosphere of responsibility, and on the other to greater achievements in every realm of human understanding”

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Grade 9 Business Lesson 96

Today I learned about The Morality of Business, Part 1. Gary North put a little excerpt in today’s lesson which will help explain what exactly I am learning this week.

“A businessman should have confidence that what he is doing to earn a living is moral. This confidence should be based on two things: (1) the conformity of his actions to a valid moral code; (2) the conformity of free market capitalism to a valid moral code.”

So what did I do today? I watched a video of a rabbi explain the morals of business. Really he is quite entertaining, so if you didn’t understand a word the guy in the beginning says, then stick around for the rabbi.

Grade 8 English Lesson 180

Today I learned how to analyze fiction.

  1. Figure out the author’s main goals
    1. Entertainment
    2. Persuasion of a worldview
    3. Understanding of human nature
    4. Creation of a fantasy world of imagination
    5. Book royalties
    6. Fame
    7. Getting even
  2. Read reviews
  3. Decide whether to write a review
  4. Select your audience
  5. Decide what would interest your audience.
  6. Read the book for pleasure.
  7. Re-read the book for analysis.
  8. Decide how long the review should be.
  9. Watch a movie based on the book.
  10. Write down the main themes.
  11. Assemble the evidence – quotations.
  12. Write a first draft.
  13. Wait at least 24 hours.
  14. Re-read your review.
  15. Edit it.
  16. Post it online.
  17. Wait for criticism.

What to conclude from this?

  1. You will learn how to analyze multiple kinds of literature.
  2. This will help you comprehend what you read.
  3. You will learn how to write persuasively.
  4. These skills are not normally taught in high-school.
  5. You will have a head start in life.
  6. You will have to work to retain your advantage.

I also had to write a 500 word essay.

Today I will write an essay on the following topic. Why Posting My Essays on My Own Blog Site Every Week Will Benefit Me in the Long Run. Posting essays on your very own blog site can benefit you in a couple ways. First of all though, it would be useless not to post your essays on your website. If you are scared of people not liking your post. As Dr. North says in the video people don’t care about you nearly as much as they care about themselves. I know, the harsh truth. However this means that if your writing bad, it makes them feel better about themselves. If it’s good you might get some people saying that they liked it. However also in the video, don’t post the link to your essay to a public forum. If you are trying to get constructive criticism then good luck with the flamers. People that honestly don’t care about giving you constructive criticism yet take the time to roast your post. If you are going to put a link on a forum, make sure those on the forum are filtered.

Now that that’s over with lets move on to the actual benefits. As mentioned in a previous essay, if I am in a job interview, I can bring up your website, there the interviewer can find my essays. If he likes them, then I am one step closer to being hired. If someone in need of someone who can write well happens to stumble upon my website website, then he might consider me. Fine the chances might be low, but there’s a chance instead of nothing. And also I understand that it all depends on how well I write. The same sorta goes with college, only the pretty good make it in (and those with the money). Anything that goes towards proving how good I am is welcome.

Another thing posting essays every week will do for me is keep my writing skills sharp. Imagine the skill of writing is like a bar. Practicing writing makes the bar go up, however, the bar goes down at a slow but steady rate. That’s writing for me. And honestly, I only do these because I have to. What these assignments do for me is make me keep my skills sharp, so that I don’t go into college writing like a ten year-old. If I keep this up, later in life I can go to my website and see if I’ve improved.

So posting essays to your blog can be useful in a number of ways. If you are afraid of what people think about your essays, then reconsider, there will always be a group of people that don’t like you. Posting essays to your blog can help earn you a job. And writing them weekly will help you keep your writing skills sharp. Thanks for reading, I hope you learned something useful.

Grade 9 Business Lesson 95

Today I about part 10 of The $100 Dollar Startup by Chris Guillebeau. Today I assessed the book.

  1. The book’s title: The $100 Dollar Startup
  2. The book’s subtitled: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
  3. The book’s cover illustration:
  4. The book’s main themes:
    1. Gain personal freedom.
      1. Independence
      2. Work for yourself
      3. Choose your projects.
    2. Serve others.
    3. Match your skills with what others want to buy.
    4. Trade forms of employment risk.
    5. Create value.
    6. Follow your passion.
    7. Convergence: your passion, buyers’ desires
    8. Passion [skill] + usefulness = success
  5. The book’s recommended techniques:
    1. Find out what people want to buy.
    2. Minimize startup expenses.
    3. Get early sales fast.
    4. Become a roaming entrepreneur.
    5. Identify the business’ USP.
    6. Make a powerful offer.
    7. Offer a strong guarantee.
    8. Charge a premium price, and raise it regularly.
    9. Write a one-page business plan.
    10. Income vs. lifestyle

What to conclude from this?

  1. Decide what you want to do.
  2. Decide when you want to attain it.
  3. Decide what you’re willing to pay.
  4. Assume that you will be successful.
  5. Decide how you define success.

I also had to write a 500 page essay.

Today I will write an essay on the following topic. The lifestyle I want 20 years from now. I don’t know the future, I never will, but I should know where I want to be in the future. Now if this sounds unrealistic, it might be, but Dr. North told me to assume the best. And why would I want a bad future. Twenty years from now, 2038, I will be in my thirties. By then I will want the following to be in play.

In terms of money, I should have my own business. According to another essay, I will have had sold my first business at least. I’m thinking I could make another business and keep it as my primary source of money. I don’t want it to be big, at most I want to hire 5 people. Assuming I have a family, I don’t want my wife to work, I want her to stay at home and take care of the kids. I want to work a comfortable amount of hours from 6-8 hours. Because I want to be involved in my kid’s lives. Ten percent of my income will go to the church, then ten percent of that to my savings before any other spending. Which brings me to my savings account. I’m going to have about $44,000 in my savings account at this age, if I stick to the chart here, if there are no accidents. And I think that’s it for money.

In terms of actual lifestyle, I don’t want too big of a house. A bigger house means more maintenance. No matter how much money I have, I’m still going to make sure that nothing we buy is at full price. It’s possible, I know that because my family is already doing it. However I want to take my family on trips every once in a while, a big one every year, because the sole purpose of money is to be spent. I don’t want to be a miser, nor a lavish spender. I don’t want to have to worry about money. Basically I want to be content, I don’t want to be rich, I want to just have enough money to support my lifestyle.

In terms of education for my kids, I think I’m going to give them the RPC. Ron Paul is the only politician my dad 100% trusts. He’s got it right. I want my kids to learn things they will actually use, and I know firsthand that the RPC teaches useful things. My future wife will help with any problems, and I like my dad will be principle.

So this is all my ideal, it’s not real, but I hope it will be. I sorta thought as I went, I may change my mind on some minor things, but that’s basically it. The bottom section was free advertising for the RPC, but seriously, it’s pretty good. Thanks for reading about me, few people do that.

Grade 8 English Lesson 179

Today I learned about Utopian Literature, Part 29. Today I assessed In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.

  1. It was the first Social Gospel novel.
  2. It gave impetus to the movement.
  3. It sold millions of copies.
  4. It offered a new approach to Christians.
    1. No creeds
    2. No doctrine of Christ’s substitutionary atonement
    3. No biblical laws of conduct: steps
    4. No concept of non-Protestant Christianity
    5. No concept of church history
    6. No doctrine of the tithe
    7. Postmillennialism with no doctrine of final judgement
    8. It offered moral justification for Prohibition.
    9. It offered a doctrine of individual salvation through commitment to social action.
    10. It offered a theory of social salvation through individual sacrifice.
    11. It offered no concept of economics.
    12. It offered no theory of sobriety.

What to conclude from this?

  1. It had great influence until 1933: the repeal of Prohibition.
  2. It indicated that prohibition was a liberal cause: theologically and Politically.
  3. The Social Gospel denominations have shrunk since 1960.

I also had to write a 100 word essay.

Today I will write an essay on the following topic. How should church members have tried to find out what Jesus would have done in their situations? They should have read the Bible. In this book, everyone doesn’t think twice after they think they know what Jesus would do. There are many guidelines in the Bible, many things that would change what they did. They just though asking the question, “What would Jesus do?” would be sufficient. It’s not though because, really when they asked themselves, “What would Jesus do?” they’re just doing what’s right in their own eyes. A phrase in the Bible used to describe sin. Jesus never owned a newspaper shop so what did Roland, the newspaper editor base his decision on? Whatever he felt was right. Even if what we’re thinking of doing is right, we still must check with the Bible.

Grade 8 English Lesson 178

Today I learned about Utopian Literature, Part 28. Today I read In His Steps chapters 29-31 of section 13. In the twenty-ninth chapter he talks about.

  1. A poor man gets shot for stealing coal – no details about who shot him or where.
  2. The tenement just happens to be owned by a church member.
  3. The man has been guilt ridden; he had taken the WWJD? pledge
  4. He had experienced a waking vision: Christ pointing a finger at him.
  5. The story of Penrose ends – no specifics.
  6. Felicia finds true love with a settlement worker.
  7. Maxwell and other church members visit.

In the thirtieth chapter he talks about.

  1. Maxwell preaches to the group.
  2. About 20 to 30 men respond.
  3. The men are invited to speak: 3 minutes.
    1. The first is an unemployed typesetter.
    2. The second is an old man, unemployed.
    3. The third is a socialist.
    4. The fourth was a single-tax promoter: land.
    5. The fifth was a union member.
  4. The meeting closed with Rachel’s singing.
  5. The socialist cried.
  6. The unemployed man forgot his plight
  7. The critic of the churches relented.

In the thirty-first chapter he talks about.

  1. Maxwell next preaches to a large church.
  2. Members had heard of the Raymond movement.
  3. What would Jesus do about…
    1. The saloons
    2. The unemployed
    3. Low pay for young women
  4. Lots of people took the pledge.
  5. We get summaries of the lives of characters in the book: winners and loser.
  6. He had a vision of the redeemed churches of America.

What to conclude from this?

  1. All’s well that ends well.
  2. What would Jesus do about…
    1. Really bad writing.
    2. Really bad editing
    3. Copyright laws

Grade 9 Business Lesson 94

Today I learned about part 9 of The $100 Dollar Startup by Chris Guillebeau. In the eleventh chapter titled, “Moving on Up” he talks about.

  1. What kind of business success do you want?
    1. Large: lots of employees
    2. Medium: maybe 5 employees
    3. Small: you and your spouse
  2. Small improvements add up.
    1. Increase traffic
    2. Increase the conversion rate
    3. Increase the average sales price
  3. The three ways to make more money
    1. Sell to more customers
    2. Sell more to customers
    3. Increase your prices
  4. Get referrals
  5. Improve your guarantee.
  6. Drop low-profit customers.
  7. Raise service products regularly.
  8. Sell a wider variety of products.
  9. Sell more specialized products.
    1. Upsell
    2. Cross-sell
    3. Sell immediately after a sale

What to conclude from this?

  1. Think about your business in 5, 10, 20 years.
  2. Think about you lifestyle in 5, 10, 20 years.
  3. How do you define success at each stage?
  4. Whit is your strategy for attaining success?
  5. How will you best serve specific customers?