Student benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum.

The Ron Paul Curriculum has completely revolutionized the educational lives for many families that believe in an education for their children based on the freedom philosophy.  I left another curriculum to start the Ron Paul Curriculum, which was one of the best decisions my parents made regarding my education.  The previous curriculum was strictly textbooks, and the only source other than textbooks was my parents.  Unlike the RPC, there were no lectures.  When I first started RPC I had very little writing experience, and I lacked many other important skills.  It was tough at first to get into a steady pace,  I still have work to do.  But I have come a long way since the day I started this curriculum, I have a lot of work to do before I reach my goals, but I have made a lot of academic progress since I started the RPC, and I am looking forward to the opportunities to come.

This curriculum puts an large emphasis on writing which makes sense because solid writing skills are vital to success, this was difficult for me because in previous years, and several different school programs, I never did very much writing, nor did I learn how to write effectively.  It was a shock when I started this curriculum with no knowledge on how to write, through the persistence of the weekly writing assignments I have come a long way with my writing, as you can probably tell I still have a long way to go before I achieve any level of success through writing, but I am confident that this curriculum will prove itself in being an effective way to learn to write.

Here are student benefits of the RPC that have been proven through my own experience.

  1. Older students will learn the skill of self motivation, and determination to achieve their goals.  Prior to starting this curriculum I though I was self motivated, but not even 2 weeks in, I learned that I was dead wrong.  You will find written on the landing page, that this curriculum may not be for students who lack motivation, I believe that is true.  But students who do have at least some drive will completely transform their productivity.  I do not think I came into this with enough drive and determination, I still lack these, but by every passing day the RPC motivates me to try harder to become the best I can.
  2. You can choose your schedule.  If you want to wake up at 5:00 AM and get a jump on the school day, this curriculum allows you to do this.  If an older student has a job, he or she can work their school schedule around their job schedule.  If and when a student chooses to start a business they have the option to tailor their schedule to make it work for them.
  3. Note-taking skills.  Through this curriculum, I have developed my note taking skills, I have learned how to take effective notes.  These skills are not only useful for school, but also when I attempt to learn anything, whether I am doing my own research, learning from another person or attending a seminar, the skill to take good notes is valuable.
  4. The self taught aspect of the curriculum allows students to be more independent in nearly every aspect of life.
    This is a 98% self taught curriculum, the ability to develop methods of learning on your own is a skill that will be useful in every aspect of your life.  This is a skill that a student must take with them to college, even if they do not plan to get a college education, the ability to learn on your own is an incredibly valuable skill.  This form of self discipline is not taught in public schools, it is only found in unique opportunities such as the RPC.
  5. The school day is time efficient. Each class takes on average 1 hour per day (it differs depending on the class or grade), this is efficient.  Public school kids spend most of their day at school, and then come home to piles of homework, this, in my opinion, is mostly just a time sucker.  A student that does the RPC through high school,or even better K-12, is at a much higher advantage than a student who spends 13 years of their life in a classroom being taught by the corrupt government school system.  Time is an irreplaceable resource, it should be spent wisely.

 

 

Business 1, lesson 110 writing assignment

“The Irresistible Offer” by  Mark Joyner is a book that contains a great advertising technique, and guidelines to put it to work.  It is about making an offer that would be almost almost irresistible for the buyer to avoid.  You would perhaps think that most big companies apply this technique on every sales campaign, but the truth is, most of them do not.  According to Joyner, the ones who have, achieved more sales, and more overall business success.  For this assignment I was shown four video ads, and told to choose which one best conforms to Joyner’s standards of an irresistible offer.

The “Irresistible Offer” has three components, A. A high ROI (return on investment) for the buyer.  B. A touchstone offer.  C. Believability.  If an ad contains these things, it is in pretty good shape.  It should answer the four big questions, one, what are you trying to sell? Two, What will it cost me? Three, what’s in it for me?  And four, Why should I trust you?  These are all questions that the buyer will ask, whether they silently ask themselves, or if they ask the seller directly, they will ask these questions.

M&M’s (1957)  I think this was a fairly good ad, it immediately revealed the strong touchstone, which was that the candies melt in your mouth, not in your hand which made it stand out from other competitors.  The ad demonstrated the buyer’s ROI and helped the buyer become mor inclined to purchase these candies.  The ad did not completely answer the 4 questions from above, but the commercial did make you want to pick up some M&M candies next time you are at the store.

Radio Shack TRS-80 computer, 1980  This ad was good, it answered the four questions, it had a strong touchstone, and it definitely demonstrated a high ROI for the buyer.  The ad gives you almost every detail you would need before making the purchase.  In my opinion this ad conforms to Joyner’s standards of an irresistible offer.

Commodore, 1987 (Australia)  This ad also did a great job of answering the for questions, and also demonstrating a high ROI, it also had a touchstone.  Yet, it didn’t seem irresistible, it lacked that unique touchstone that makes it really stand out from the competitors.

American Express (late 1960’s)  I am not the person who would carry a credit card, and use it excessively.  I hate debt, and in most cases credit cards lead to some level of debt be it high or low.  Somehow this commercial made me want to use American express, I think this commercial gave a great example of a high ROI, the way the commercial was laid out I think it gave the feeling of freedom and less worry.  This commercial had a strong touchstone, but it didn’t exactly answer the four questions clearly, however it had a way of pushing certain buttons.

Overall I think the “Radio Shack TRS-80 computer” was the closest to Joyner’s Irresistible Offer, it also answers Dr. North’s questions, “So what?” and “Who says?”  The ad demonstrates how it will profit you (So what?)  It also demonstrates people using this computer in everyday situations (who says?) Even though the people shown are most likely actors, it still allows the viewers to picture themselves using this product to make their lives better, and/or more efficient.

14″ Circle Y barrel saddle.

This toast suede, 14″ Circle Y barrel racing saddle will give you a great riding experience whether you are running a barrel pattern, or just riding around your farm.  The leather  is a nice golden-rusty color, covered with detailed engravings, the leather is in great shape, and we recently had a leather professional do a detailed cleaning.  The 14″ seat is suede, which will help you to maintain your position without sliding around too much.  The seat dips down toward the cantle allowing you to have a secure position when your horse gets down to make the turns around the barrels, or it will also provide a relaxing position for trail riding, or any other style of riding you might do.  The leather strap where the girth attaches to the saddle has been replaced within the last year, and should last you a long time.  As far as sizing goes, this saddle has regular bars, which should fit most barrel horses, if you have a draft horse or a broader horse, this saddle will not fit well, and may cause your horse discomfort.  The stirrups are metal, which, personally, I like because it is easier to keep your feet in them when your horse is at a full gallop.  The fleece on the bottom of the saddle is in great shape and with a good saddle blanket it should last for the full life of the saddle.  I would like to include something that I personally love about this saddle, which is the fact that the horn is big enough for me to comfortably grip my entire hand around, which is helpful when the horse is getting down to go around the barrel.  We are asking $500 for this saddle, which is a bargain considering other saddles identical to this one are much higher in price, while we are asking $500, we are still open to negotiation.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at any time, thank you.

The logic of this ad. I tried to follow the 31 rules of advertising to the best of my ability while writing this ad.  There were a few instances where I made some slight changes to fit the product that I am selling, for instance, I know that it is best to keep pictures limited, but I have shopped for saddles before, and I know dozens of people who have bought and sold saddles, and these are key pictures to the sale, there are a lot of people who will not buy a saddle unless they see these pictures, they will definitely help convince the buyer to make their purchase.  I believe that in this case, pictures are acceptable, because they are for one, crucial, and also I am not paying for ad-space.

I chose this item over other items to do this assignment because this is something I know, especially this particular saddle, but to be sure my facts were correct, I researched the serial number to try to find all the additional information I could.  I feel somewhat confident that I included all of the needed information about this saddle.

Also, I made sure to lead with the benefit and follow with the proof, I tried to do that in the overall picture, but also when explaining each individual detail.  Over the past few days, I have considered this technique, and how powerful it is, and I believe that it is crucial to making the sale(s).

Is It Moral For The State To Redistribute Incomes?

Would it be moral to grade exams so that all students get C’s?  If not, is it moral for the state to redistribute incomes?  It would be undeniably immoral to grade exams so that all students get C’s, if a student puts in the extra effort he or she has earned a better grade than a student that gave little or no effort.  This is also true when it come to redistribution of incomes, if someone spends time and effort learning and working with their job or business they should have a higher income than a closed minded 30 year old working the McDonald’s drive-through.

Say a young man studies hard and works toward his career, once he achieves his goals he starts getting paid back for those hours of hard work, and he chooses reinvests his time to continue to get paid back, he deserves a higher level of success than someone who does not even try.  Some people might say “well this other young man has not had anything since the day he was born, he doesn’t have the money to get a good education, doesn’t he deserve more?”  I understand that perhaps this second young man is not as fortunate as most, but if he wants success it is up to him to find a path to success.  Tai Lopez was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he started out with almost nothing, and he found and took the path to success.

If the government takes away money from the people who work smarter and harder, and then gives that money to the people who work a minimum wage job, in a sense, that makes everybody a slave to the government.  It is very similar to grading exams, the person who works smarter and harder with their studies, obviously deserves a better grade than someone who neglects their studies.  The people who work a minimum wage job have plenty of opportunity, they just have find a way to take the already existing opportunities.  For years, there have been people who are willing to take the reins and build up a good business, these people provide jobs to those who would rather not work for themselves.  Redistribution of incomes is immoral, and it will destroy the free market.

The lifestyle I want 20 years from now.

It is hard for me to know where I want to be twenty years from now, it seems like such a long time away, but in reality it is not that far into the future.  I have given some thought to the lifestyle I want in the future, but I am only fifteen years old and most likely my thoughts and plans are going to change, but “a bad plan is better than no plan.”  In the paragraph below I have written my general idea of where I see myself twenty years from now.

At the age of thirty-five (20 years from now,) I hope to have been married for around fifteen years.  I hope to be blessed with a handful of children, and I hope to have the opportunity to raise several animals.  I had the marvelous privilege of growing up out in the country, I hope to give my future children the same opportunity.  I would like to own a large piece of land in a good area and on it, I would like to have a nice house, nothing fancy, but something functional and peaceful.  I imagine my spouse and I would be  financially well-off, if things go well we should be looking pretty good as far as money goes.   I would hope to be a business partner with my future husband, but if not, I would probably run a small business of my own, preferably related to real estate.

The decisions I make now could have a huge effect on my future lifestyle.  For instance, if I start a business in high school, I will more likely be able to get ahead of the game.  If I go through with my plan to get married young, this outcome would be totally different than waiting and getting married later in life.  My plans probably will change, and that is okay, but at least I have a written general idea of the way I want to live my life in the future.

The ideal apprenticeship job, and why?

An apprenticeship job gives you insights to the skills and techniques of a company or individual.  Either you will learn what to do from his or her successes, or you will learn what not to do from his or her mistakes and failures.  By working for a successful businessperson, you will have the ability to learn things that no textbook can teach.  In my opinion, the ideal apprenticeship job would be one where I could learn customer service.  Whatever business I choose to start, customer service will be crucial.  Another apprenticeship job that I plan to look into, would be anything associated with real estate.  Eventually, I hope to become a real estate investor, or possibly a real estate agent.  Whatever I do,  I need to begin as soon as possible because the clock is ticking.

A couple of months ago, I was offered a one time job working for a catering company at a wedding.  I took it, and along with several other young women, I was to be a server.  After the reception was over, I stayed to help clean up.  I got the chance to talk to a friend that is currently in college, she told me that there is a catering company in my town that pays pretty well.  I went to the website, and read about the system, they cater at weddings and other big events, you can make your own schedule and choose what events you work at.  It would not interfere with school, or anything else on my schedule.  Because most of the events are in the evening, I would have plenty of time to start a small business.  I think this would be a great way to improve my people skills, and make a little extra cash.  I am planning to apply for a job with this small business.

Another ideal apprenticeship job would something associated with real estate.  I have a major interest in looking at houses and properties, and watching what they sell for.  This is not a usual teenager interest, but someday I hope to make it my career.  As of right now I know very little about real estate, I have a lot to learn before I could become an investor or a real estate agent.  An apprenticeship job would be full of benefits, if I could find a job associated with real estate, it would be a priceless opportunity to learn.

My plan to implement one chapter in my life.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie, is a must read book about human relations.  It is undeniably one of the best business books around.  It contains many techniques that can help you develop a strong foundation to winning friends and influencing people.  In order to learn to do these techniques well, it is going to take hard work and perseverance.  Some of these principles will come naturally, while others will be a real challenge.

For me, one of the most important techniques will be one of the hardest for me to learn.  Seeing things from the other persons point of view is something I have a very difficult time doing.  I get frustrated easily and explode, without ever putting myself in the other person’s shoes.  I know what I need to do, the question is, how do I do it?  This skill is much easier said than done.  When I feel angry or frustrated with someone, instead of allowing my temper to get the best of me, I could ask myself, what would I do in this person shoes?  And approach the situation accordingly.  I plan to try a ten second rule, before I say anything I will take at least 10 seconds to think about the situation from the other person’s point of view.  This sounds so simple, but it will be a hard habit to make.  In order to be successful I must find the way to master this skill.

There is one technique that comes more natural, and I will be able to learn to do it well in a small amount of time. This is a simple technique, but it is still extremely powerful.  What is this technique? Smile.  A smile is a powerful tool.  Think about it, when a person is smiling, they appear so much more trustworthy.  Recently, I volunteered at the public school to teach archery to 5th graders in hopes that they would perhaps join our team.  The first day I went, it was cold and early in the morning.  I was really tired and freezing cold.  The first student came up, she was intimidated.  This girl had never touched a bow, and she needed a lot of help.  She did not want to shoot all of the arrows, and she went and sat down.  I was failing as an instructor, I did a bad job helping that first student.  I thought to myself, “how can I make the child feel more comfortable?”  And Immediately I thought about Dale Carnegie’s book.  I decided for starters I should just smile.  The next student (also a terrified young girl) came up, I smiled and told her how much fun archery can be and she immediately began to relax, and enjoy herself.  It was much easier to coach when I could gain the trust of the student.  This is only one small instance, with just a smile you can go a long way.

What would be the most difficult technique in this book so far for me to learn how to do well? Why?

“How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie is a book that has worked wonders with many people.   His book contains many techniques that can help you build the fundamental skills to winning friends and influencing people.  Some of them I will be able to make into habits fairly easily, but others will come as more of a challenge.  I believe that the hardest one of these techniques (so far) for me to learn to do well, is probably the most important.

My biggest weakness is the lack of ability to see things from the other person’s point of view.  I get easily frustrated and get angry at them, I do not take time to consider their viewpoint and negotiate.  After learning this technique, I realized how important it is to be able to see things from the other person’s point of view.  So what is the issue?  This technique is much easier said than done.  It is a simple principle, but putting it to action is not so simple.  It will take time and effort for me to train myself, and make the habit of seeing things from the other person’s point of view.

Many people have problems putting themselves in the other person’s shoes.  But this technique is almost essential for success.  More often than not, my temper gets the best of me and I explode.  This is counter productive.   Now that I know the importance of seeing things from the other person’s point of view, I must find and take the steps to breaking my aggressive habits.

To achieve success, you must know how to handle people effectively.  Dale Carnegie offers proven ways to win people to your way of thinking.  I am willing to put in many hours of  work to master these principles.

Trust.

How important is trust in establishing long term business relationships?  Trust is crucial in establishing long term business relationships.  For that matter, trust is crucial in developing any long term relationship.  Whether you are selling a product or a service, your business will need customers in order to survive.  Not only do you need customers, but you need those customers to return, and/or refer others to you.

If you focus on getting the customer what he needs, rather than focusing on making a sale, this customer is much more likely to trust you.  Once you have established trust, the customer is more apt to buy from you long term.  Now think, what if you manipulated that customer into buying your product or service, and then he discovers that what you sold him was not the solution to his problem.  He not going to trust you and he is much less likely to return or refer others to you.  If you do not build trust with your customers, they will leave you, and your business will drown.

Horses are a great example of the power of trust.  I have been riding horses for at least 9 years.  I have been thrown off a handful of times.  I think one of the most important things I have learned, is when you very first put the rope on the horse, you had better have his or her trust right then.  If you do not have the horse’s trust then you are in danger of getting bucked off.  If you want the horse’s trust, you have to give him your trust.  I think the same is true when dealing with customers.  Give them your trust, and they will give you theirs.

What would it take Dr. North to persuade me to use Spreeder for 10 minutes a day?

Spreeder is a free speed reading website, all you have to do is copy and paste any text, and then set a rate for words per minute.  It is an effective way to improve your reading speed.

Dr. North has often mentioned Spreeder, and the benefits of using it 10 minutes per day.  I will be honest and say that I ignored his recommendation the first time.  When he recommended it another time I thought to myself “Perhaps I should give this a try.”  I did.  And then for a while I only used it 2-3 times per week.  As I continued the Business 1 course, I began to think more about future orientation.  I thought about the asset this would be to my future, and I picked up the pace.  Now that I have made it a daily habit to use Spreeder, I am becoming a more productive reader.