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What life lesson would you share with young people today? Something about ...

People, including families
Character and integrity
Money management
Something else

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1. Patricia Pomerleau CEOExpressSelect Member
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     (5/5/2019 2:08:41 AM)
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If you could pick one life lesson to pass along, what would be the topic and why?

Sometimes, the best lessons are those we learn for ourselves. Occasionally, those lessons come the hard way. Can you really pass those along, or do you have to hope they happen without too many consequences? Money management comes to mind ...

What do you remember from your mentors? Character and integrity often are learned through example. If someone helped calibrate your compass, perhaps it's worth passing along. Please share your story.

Would you tell a talented high schooler to go to college or enter the trades? Military or public service? What about working for a year and waiting to make big life decisions?

The New York Times posed the question, and we think it's a good one. In fact, if you want to, you can respond to the Times yourself.

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Let us know if you submitted a lesson and especially if you heard back from a Times editor.

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2. Michael O'Neill
     (5/23/2019 7:37:00 AM)
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Trust is everything. Never violate it. Be a person of your word. If you tell someone you'll call them tomorrow, call them. If you say you'll have it done by 3:00, have it done. You can't beat a reputation of honesty and integrity. In Dale Carnegie courses they say, "I know people in the ranks who are going to rise in the ranks. How? I'll tell you how. They simply know how to get things done." Be that person.

3. D Robb
     (5/23/2019 9:00:21 AM)
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Live within your income and save a little every month. Don't borrow except to buy a house. If you can't afford to pay cash you don't need it

4. Tams Bixby CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/23/2019 10:51:56 AM)
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"Banker Accused of Arranging $16 Million in Loans to Manafort to Gain High-Level Trump Post"

Ye Olde Swamp, she overfloweth (continually)!

5. T Cavanagh CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/23/2019 11:20:23 AM)
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Excellent Patricia: The Influence of Generational Values, my favorite subject!

I have a much different take, as it is from a historical viewpoint. My minions will immediately criticize for my thoughts, but once you really think about the subject from a wider perspective, it becomes clear the Baby Boomers failed.

Basically I believe it is the other way around, which is a first for the 12-13 generations in America.

My generation, Baby Boomers rejected the values of the Greatest Generation. We rebelled. Turn on, drop out. Most of us went to college for the same reason, freedom. Yet we sent all our kids to college, piling up an impossible pile of debt, to get that Ivy League sticker in our back windows. We failed to pass on our parents values, a first in US history

Our parents went through the most dramatic time is US History, other than the Revolution and Civil War. WW2 and the Great Depression effected everyone, rich or poor, white or minority

Our parents were adverse to risk and debt. We invented it.

We handed out trophies to all our kids, and then they taught us, trophies are meaningless. Our children taught us to be tolerant of others, and to embrace all people.

We brought our prejudices to the party.

My generation built great companies, brought items to the marketplace that made life easier for everyone, all in the name of profit!

We were taught long hours, and hard work means success, many took shortcuts. We believe vacation homes, fancy cars, trips to Disneyworld were the prizes.

Our kids taught us, the swimming pools at Disneyworld are more fun, and cars are for getting from point A to B.

We gave them an insurmountable pile of debt. Which in my mind will be the next Global Crisis, (apologies to the Climate Change fanatics).

History will look back at the Baby Boomers as a very unique Generation that changed the world in very profound ways, good and bad.

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6. Michael O'Neill
     (5/23/2019 12:50:36 PM)
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This is a tough one for conservatives. It's like parents who smoke telling their kids not to smoke. Conservatives can tell their kids about morals and values, but when the kids see the parents vote Trump, they know the talk was all BS.

7. Rick T CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/23/2019 12:55:03 PM)
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I voted character and integrity but, one could just as easily have put it this way, " thine own self, be true,..."

8. T Cavanagh CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/23/2019 1:24:16 PM)
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Rule #1 You can hide from the politics, ever

Rule #2 See Rule #1

9. Michael O'Neill
     (5/23/2019 2:12:18 PM)
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Well, we're just kind of waiting here. You posted a long response that didn't answer Patricia's question. I don't see how any conservative can post anything that doesn't prove what I've been saying: Conservatives talk the talk but don't walk the walk.

10. D Robb
     (5/23/2019 3:04:38 PM)
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As you often do, you nailed it
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