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College Life Skill Development

High Paying Jobs With No College Degree

and they are “recession proof” to boot.

I started out, while I was in high school, helping a neighbor get names and address out of a database an printed out on pieces of direct mail, like a mail merge in a word processor. By doing this, I also had to grunt my way through learning some basic Xenix commands (a Unix variant, and Linux hadn’t been created yet), connecting computers to printers, networking commands, hardware upgrades, etc. The mid to late 1980’s was the Wild West of Personal Computing.

His kids were all off to college and couldn’t be bothered to help their Dad anymore.

This guy thought I was a complete hack. Dumb kid from across the street. Cheap labor.Whatever, I was making some decent spending money for a high school kid.

This was awesome experience.

It planted the seed that sprouted into a multi-million dollar career.

There was a time in the 2004-2010 range where having a college degree was critical to getting hired as a programmer, specifically in the Washington, D.C. area where I live. Any number of reasons for this, but in this area the primary one is that to work for the Government, or as a contractor, they want you to have a degree.

I eventually went to college because I got tired of swimming upstream in the local market. I’m not saying college isn’t valuable (it’s a ticket that prevents anyone from denying you a job based on not having one), I’m saying that you don’t need a college degree to get a killer job in the IT field.

The “2020 HackerRank Developer Skills Report” (found at https://research.hackerrank.com/developer-skills/2020) has some great information on this topic. You can get a killer job in the field without a college degree.

Cloud computing, DevOps engineering, cyber security, web development, network management, and data center operations. They are all wide open fields with huge labor shortages.

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College Habits Kids Life

Why My Kids Are Going To Be Rich and Yours Aren’t

(unless you do something about it now)

I’ve managed to get one kid from birth and halfway through his fourth year of college, and two others through 8th and 9th grade without too much trouble (as of the time of this writing). I’ve made some mistakes by being too easy at times, and probably a complete pain in the ass in others. But that’s OK. Along the way I’ve made some observations about what it takes to help a kid become an independent adult.

I’m not a child psychologist, and really have no idea what I’m talking about from an academic perspective, I just know what has worked in our case, with our kids.

7 Things you can do as a parent to make your kids more awesome than you ever were

(or at least boost their odds of kicking ass)

Make them do something around the house.

Back in the “old days” these used to be called chores. It’s good for a kid to be responsible for something. Have them keep their room clean, collect laundry and bring to the washing machine, make dinner, pack lunch for school, load the dishwasher, unload the dishwasher, keep the yard cleaned up, mow the grass, take out the trash, bring the trash cans back to the house, pick up the mail, etc. Uh, wait…not all this stuff, just one or two things.

Start a business

There is an extreme amount of confidence and security that comes with being able to make money appear out of nowhere. It is a mindset that needs to be developed that will be pretty disturbing. It isn’t necessary to “get a job” but that is what we always fall back on.

Even people that have started a company think “Man, maybe I should quit this nonsense and just get a job.” Why do business owners think that? Because jobs are easy. But anyone that has owned their own business before, and then later gone to work for someone else, will tell you “Having a job sucks.”

Play a sport

Competition and teamwork. Even sports thought of as solo sports such as running and swimming are team based. In real life there are winners and losers. Sports conditions the body through exercise and the mind through learning plays, dealing with the mental rush of defeating opponents, and the pain of losing a hard fought battle.

Everyone can not win. Sure you get out on the field and “do your best”, but sometimes your best just isn’t good enough, and that’s a great life lesson. That’s where practice and coaching comes in, to make yourself better at something. These lessons translate directly to life. Your kids must be coachable, they must be able to operate in a team environment, they must be able to pull together and grunt it out through tough times, they must be able to sit down and learn something new, and practice new things to develop skills.

Develop a winning mindset. Nothing is too hard, quitting is never an option.

We need to stop the mental bullshit we are drilling into our kids heads that everyone’s a winner.

Learn an instrument, then join a band

A group of 6th graders walk into a room, some have played an instrument, most have not. The band teacher has each kid try out a few different instruments trying to identify natural talent then assigns a kid an instrument. The kid takes the instrument home, learns to play a few notes, learns how to play a scale.

The teacher teaches each section their part, the kids play the part expected of them.

By Christmas, the band can play a song that everyone in the audience can recognize. The kids keep practicing and learning new songs over the spring. By the time the last concert before summer break rolls around, the band is playing fairly complicated songs and the teacher is beaming. The kids are pumped, the parents are amazed.

Learning how to play an instrument is a very rewarding skill that takes discipline and patience.

Learning how to play in a band is just another team sport, there are competitions too. Practice, performance, competition. It’s all very, very good for young (and old) minds.

Read

Reading is a topic that I can literally spend hours talking about, but unfortunately I wouldn’t know where to start in actually teaching someone to read. Although, when my oldest son was about 4, we bought a collection of beginner books on a trip up to Baltimore and he started reading in a few days. The teachers at my kids (private) school made reading both fun and socially acceptable.

Every kid in the school read and it became a competition.

Competition is good!

Reading opens up worlds that many don’t know exist. It is a way to learn new things without having to set foot in a classroom. Reading is one of those habits that is formed over time.

The Pew Research Center studies who reads (or who doesn’t read) and reports that those with higher incomes and more education read more: “Women are more likely than men to have read a book in the previous 12 months, and those with higher levels of income and education are more likely to have done so as well.”

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/23/who-doesnt-read-books-in-america/

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/01/16/a-snapshot-of-reading-in-america-in-2013/

Books are expensive, libraries aren’t. Cost isn’t a factor. Get your kid a library card, encourage them to go to the library in their school.

You can find a library near you at WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/libraries

Open Library

Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

https://openlibrary.org/

Having a condition that prevents your child from reading physical books doesn’t have to be a barrier. Bookshare makes reading possible. Bookshare is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. More than 425,000 people in 70 countries have access to Bookshare’s collection of 631,251 titles.

https://www.bookshare.org/cms/

Volunteer

Stop sitting around bitching about shit on Facebook.

Use your time to make things around you better.

Be a good example

The pressure is on, because this one is on you.

You might think that it’s too late to play sports, join a band, or learn something new but it isn’t.

The only time it is too late to do something is when you are dead, and that day is coming.

Use every single day to do something for yourself, and in turn do something good for those around you, specifically your kids.

As an example. When my first kid was born, I hadn’t finished college. I owned a company that was making money and I was supporting a new family, but I knew that (in the IT field), not having a college degree would eventually become a problem if I wanted to get contracts with the U.S. Government. So I pushed through and finished a degree by taking a few classes. I then pushed on to get a Masters degree.

My health was starting to really suck. I started jogging, entered a 5k, ran it, then ran another. I started going to the gym to work out while one of my kids is at swim practice. My resting heart rate and blood pressure have dropped like a rock.

I recently started eating a little better, and this has made more of a difference that exercising did.

Set a good example when it comes to things that might not be so good for you: eating, smoking, drinking, drugs.

Don’t tell your kids to do anything different that what you do yourself.

Sitting in your recliner pounding beer and cheeseburgers then telling your kids to not drink or overeat kind of makes you look like a dumbass.

Hey you. Have a good day fucker.

Signing out from sunny San Diego.

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Internet Marketing SEO Skill Development Web Development

Use Google AdSense To Make Money Online

Google bought a company called Applied Semantics in April of 2003 and AdSense was effectively born.

Google AdSense is an advertising platform that content publishers can use to generate revenue off of their websites. If you have used the web, you have seen, and probably clicked on, ads that were served by AdSense.

Every time a visitor to a website clicks on an ad, the site owner gets a portion of what the advertiser pays Google to put the ad on the network.

AdSense is a great way for sites of any size to generate revenue. The amount you will earn off a site is based on quite a few factors, the two primary of which are: traffic to your site, and the relevance of the content to your traffic.

How to optimize for AdSense is way beyond the topic of this post, but believe me when I tell you that you can make money by placing AdSense (just some JavaScript you put in page headers) on your website.

I personally know people that were having $60k months in the “early days” of Google. The early 2000’s was literally the “Wild Fucking West” in terms of getting ranked on Google and AdSense revenue.

Spamming search engines and directory sites was a no brainer. Plus, there weren’t the number of absolute shit sites on the web that there are today. Click fraud was a rampant problem. Most of that has changed, at least the rules have changed, but people still try to game the system. Google has improved their algorithms (and everything else) over the years and is now a pretty challenging beast to tame.

But there is still one killer way to rank in Google (which is undisputed King of search engines) and make money with AdSense (and affiliate programs, information products, services, consulting, etc.) and that is to provide quality content on a very specific topic.

I have been crating niche content sites since 2004. I’m not going to bullshit you and say this is easy, but it is consistent. Building websites is a great way to learn skills that are directly transferable to paying jobs. In fact, I have learned more about software and web development on my own that I ever learned in a classroom.