Career Advice – Are You Letting Other People Decide Your Future?

Having friends you can share your ideas and goals in life with is something very nice, some say that taking advice from older people who have lived through certain situations is the very essence of wisdom however, do you know where to draw the line and stop taking advice from someone else in order to make your own decisions? In order to answer this question we must first have a clear concept of our personality, are you easy to influence? Do you set your goals based on your own desires? How strong is your will and how many things you think you can end before you reach your goal? – Let's analyze each of these questions.

Easy to influence:

It may surprise you but many people are easy to influence an unconsciously those who are being influenced by the exterior ideas will eventually end up imitating them, if you do not think this is possible all you need to think about is that millions upon millions of people who start smoking or consuming drugs just because of social pressures in fact, teens are the easiest people to influence which is why there are several TV campaigns which target them in order to keep them from falling in the destructive path of drugs, alcohol and violence .

Those who are easy to influence will end up following career decisions others have made for them in other words, if a popular person decides to study business then all of his or her followers will end up signaling up to a business class, it sounds pathetic but it happens. Do not let yourself become a follower be a leader.

Setting your own goals:

An easy way to avoid being affected by someone else's opinion is to set your own goals, take some time to decide where you want to be in line in what will make you happy, do not take into account what other people are doing, set yourself for success by doing your own research and making a good decision accordingly.

Having a strong will and enduring the path:

After you have decided what you want to do with your life it is now time to take action in order to make things happen, do not look left or right always focus on what you have in front of you and do everything it takes to overcome the many obstacles that will come your way, cheer yourself up and never consider quitting even if the going gets tough. …

Challenging False Prophets

In person, Noam Chomsky, now 77, is soft-spoken and considerate, looking very much like what he has become – a respected elder statesman among the Western intellectual elite. Last year he topped the Prospect / Foreign Policy list of 100 global public intellectuals, beating out Richard Dawkins, Václav Havel and Salman Rushdie, among others. But this is an ironic honor because Chomsky is also in some respects the anti-intellectual's intellectual, quick to argu that most other elites have prostituted themselves through what he describes as "service to power."

Chomsky has been a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., For more than 50 years. In that time, he has managed to become doubly famous – first for his pioneering work in linguistics, which challenged behaviorism in psychology, and second for his well-publicized criticisms of American foreign policy.

When asked about suitable role models for intellectuals today, Chomsky points beyond the chattering classes to the ancient Jewish prophecies, including Jesus. This highlights something less known about Chomsky, who was born in Philadelphia to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. While internationally famous as a critic of America's involvement in Vietnam and Iraq, he does so in the role of a prophet warning the people against the false idol of imperialism. Not unexpectedly, the passions of this son of a Hebrew scholar rise up from the well-read pages of the Torah.

When Science & Theology News' Matt Donnelly spoke with Chomsky in his office at MIT, he assumed, with obvious yet understated relish, the role of cultural critic. Below, in his own words, Chomsky provides a rare glimpse into what he thinks about the proper role of science in the public sphere, how atheism borders on incoherence, and why evolution can never speak to the existence of God.

On Western intellectuals

People that are called intellectuals, their record is primarily service to power. It starts off in our earliest historical records, in the Bible for example. If you look at what the prophets were doing, they were what we would call dissident intellectuals. They were giving a geopolitical critique, they were warning that the [Hebrew] kings were going to destroy the country. They were calling for support for suffering people, widows and orphans and so on. So they were what we call dissident intellectuals.

Jesus himself, and most of the message of the Gospels, is a message of service to the poor, a critique of the rich and the powerful, and a pacifist doctrine. And it remained that way, that's what Christianity was up until Constantine. Constantine waved it so the cross, which was the symbol of persecution of someone working for the poor, was put on the shield of the Roman Empire. It became the symbol for violence and oppression, and that's pretty much what the church has been until the present. In fact, it's quite striking in recent years, elements of the church – in particular the Latin American bishops, but not only them – tried …

Self Defense Products on College Campuses

With the summer season coming to a close, the time to think about the approaching school year is now. For some, it may mean that boxes will be packed up and moved in to a college dorm room. This may be an exciting and frightening thinking for parents and students alike. But even more concerned for parents is the safety of the college campus that their daughter will now call home.

While students are interested in the academic achievements of the college, the extra curricular activities offered and the nightlife in the surrounding area, campus safety is one of the top concerns of parents when their children are ready to enter the next chapter of their education.

As unfortunately as it is, the night life on college campuses is often one the main reasons students (especially the female students) feel the need to carry some kind of self defense product with them. The good news is that many of these safety items are inexpensive and are easy to obtain (check local & state laws on legality).

There are a large variety of self defense products that are small enough to carry comfortably without interfering with day to day activities. One of the most popular of these personal protection items is mace or pepper spray. These can be easily added to a key chain or transported in a pocket or purse. With no training needed, and the effect of the spray being instantaneous and disabling these easy to use products give you the chance to get to safety.

Another simple option are stun guns. Easy to use, battery operated and with sizes varying (some can fit in the palm of your hand) these inexpensive devices are growing in popularity. The main idea of ​​this type of electrical device is to temporarily immobilize the attacker without causing any long term damage.

Tasers are becoming another extremely popular self defense product. The Taser actually shoots electrodes at an attacker from a distance. The advantage of this is that the attacker does not have to be very close for the device to become effective, however, it can be used up close also much like a stun gun.

Self defense videos and classes are also excellent way to effectively protect yourself. Friends may choose to take the class as a group to help relate some of the anxiety. Some colleges and community centers may offer classes at little or no charge. …