Growing up, I hated memorizing things for tests. I can remember late night study sessions with flash cards and tons of frustration. Why did I need to know all of these things for one test? Ugh. Spending four hours to know everything there was to know about the planet Pluto just didn’t seem like useful information to me. (I’m still waiting for the day when I need to spout off information about Pluto in the business world, but until then, I’ll keep thinking that learning so much about other planets wasn’t in my best interest.) Anyway, there is something that I learned from the practice of memorization, and it’s this: Memorizing information is important because it is that information is there when you need it. I believe that once something is memorized, it is at least given thought and if proven useful, it is then taken to heart.
9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs remain empty because employers can’t find people to fill them. That’s a problem. But there’s a fix, and the solution is apprenticeships. This is not only because we need better training programs for employees, but because Americans now have over $1.3 trillion in college debt, and this number will only continue to grow. Since apprenticeships offer on-the-job training without the debt that college has tied to it, I see a shift of how education and training is offered in the next ten years.
Too often people allow exterior influences to completely control their happiness, not allowing them to bounce back, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Levels of happiness can fluctuate, but knowing what controls these levels can help you regain happiness. Know that happiness is yours to hold onto, not for others to rob from you. When you understand this, life is much more balanced than allowing emotions to always dictate your mood.
So, if happiness seems difficult for you to find right now, here are the two things you need to pay the most attention to: