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It is the responsibility of older generation to past on to the younger generations what we have lean in our lives to make the younger people’s lives successful, fulfilling and to be able to enjoy life and what it has to offer them.
A Perspective for Generation Z to Considered– Focus on Reading/Writing/Study History Along with making Math/Science your Primary Subjects
By: Charles W. Boatright, President of THE QATSPY® Outfitter Company
In school, I knew the importance of having a good fundamental understanding of Math, Science, History, English/Writing/Reading, and being involved in sports, health, fitness, and the outdoors and how these disciplines impacted my life, even now at age 66. Below, I would like to give Generation Z and others 12- principles that I have followed that has helped me in life:
FIRST- Never accept anything at face value, but verify everything based on its own merits.
SECOND- Never get down on yourself even when you make a mistake, but learn a valuable lesson from that mistake to correct it to add value in your life.
THIRD- Respect yourself and others. Remember you can get more accomplished with respect than you can with any other skill or level of influence. You will earn the respect of others, as well!
FORTH- Never confuse knowledge with experience. You will learn that ~20% of what you will need in life was from the classroom, the other ~80% is from understanding how to apply that knowledge in real life from actual experiences. Nothing replaces experiences. Learn from others, be a sponge and soak up everything that is given to you.
FIFTH- Have simple rules and standards that you can live by that you never compromise. Keep a Diary of every day’s events and contact information for recall.
SIXTH- Never give up even when it seems hopeless. That is when you learn the most about yourself and what you can actually achieve later. This is called Your True Grit of character! And don’t be afraid to fail. You can and will learn more from a failure than any success you will have.
SEVENTH- Always challenge yourself and learn new skills to develop your True Grit! Take speech classes where you can learn the power of the spoken word. It is the main method that you will be able to represent yourself. People will judge you based on your vocabulary, READ!
EIGHTH- Develop a vocational trade or hobby that you can enjoy doing other than your career. That hobby can become your second career later after you retire.
NINTH- Have a health and fitness regimen that you can do 4-to-5 times a week. This is called active mediation during the workout; because it relaxes the mind, body, and soul. This Includes Sports Performance and Athletics. But have at lease one or two days of rest.
TENTH- Have a spiritual life; and realize that there is a God that loves you and wants the best for you, but it’s going to take faith, or perseverance on your part to discover that pathway. There is always a pathway through even the darkest of times. I found out early that there will always be difficulties, but this is when you gain the most ability, mental strength, and stamina. Use failures to gain experience; and use successes for confidence.
Personal Story- Just to relay one handicap in my life that I had– I had a vision impairment that caused me to be illiterate until the age 12. I had to make up four grade levels at the end of the fourth grade during the summer of 1969, and repeat 4th grade, it was very exhausting and painful. I had to live through a lot of difficult times during those four years, but those experiences made me who I am today.
ELEVEN- Develop a process and a procedure to condition yourself to achieve your objectives, just like a sports team does with strength and conditioning. Understand that there is a RIGHT & WRONG way to accomplish your goals and to treat others. Understand that preparation will account for ~80% of your time, while performing takes ~20%.
TWELVE- The best revenge in life is being successful at obtaining your goals, because you never have to explain yourself, make excuses, or ask for forgiveness of others. You never have to lower your standards to others that wrong you. Remember, God commanded that we love others, He did say that we had to like them, or like being around them, or what they do. Remove negative influences from your life.
INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE– I would like to add one more for a financial component that you should do when you start earning a wage. Take just 10% of your wages and invest them in a Mutual Fund and if possible have it directly deposited, where you won’t miss this fantastic opportunity. I your are a parent, match what your kids invest. Believe me, when you get into your 50’s you will appreciate that you took advantage of this huge compound investment opportunity. And select equity stocks where dividends are paid on stocks and are reinvested.
Most people’s biggest regret in investing isn’t being too aggressive; but not being more aggressive in their investment strategy; and second, not starting earlier in their life investing. I was able to retire at 57, because I started investing at age 15 and continued investing in Mutual Funds like T. Rowe Price and Vanguard Mutual Funds up until I retired and still invest to this day.
Retirement isn’t where you stop working, you just stop doing what you have to do on someone else’s schedule; and instead do what you want to do on your schedule.
Here are Four Biblical Principles that can apply to your LIFE:
ONE- Proverbs 13:10 From pride and presumption comes nothing but strife.
TWO- 1 Corinthians 14:40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. Ray Lewis has a quote that I have posted below that goes along with this verse:
Greatness is a lot of small things done well, stacked up on each other
THREE- Romans 2:1 Those that accuse you openly are guilty of the same thing by projecting their guilt on you.
FOUR- 1 Thessalonians 5:21 But, examine everything carefully and hold fast to what is right. In other words prove and verify everything to be the truth and factual. Just because it is in print doesn’t make it a fact.
I giving this advice to those that are considered a part of Generation Z to help you not to be despondent based on what I heard from the media, just this week. Anyone would be despondent if you listen to the mainstream media and their doom and gloom. I am glad that environmentalists has rephrase their term from Climate Warming to Climate Change. Because for several centuries our climate has changed back-and-forth base on a number of factors, and it will continue to change in the future ever since we were the 3rd rock from the sun, without form as it is stated, 6 million years ago:
Are we having a hot summer? YES, no doubt. Have we had hot summers before? YES!
Jesse Watters’ Show
I typically listen to Jesse Watters, Sean Hannity, and Greg Gutfeld shows during the week after I put in a long day working on my farm, in my welding shop, and/or at our hangar.
What I found interesting on this week’s Watters’ Show is how Generation Z (age 10-24) are despondent in describing the summertime temperatures and how that has affected their outlook on their futures. Being aware of history extends far beyond the rim of only American, and World History, let me give you a perspective on climate change based on history, that took place in 1930.
Some of the hottest temperatures were recorded during the 1930’s, and some of the Coldest Temperatures were recorded this past January with record Snowfall
This is climate change, let me explain a little more in depth–
Some of the hottest temperatures were recorded during the 1930’s at the start of what was called The Dust Bowl that impacted mainly the plain states, especially in Oklahoma. Here in Mississippi and Arkansas, I’m all too aware of hot summers, because I worked out in it for all my adult life and still do. I still remember unloading a box car load of 3/4-inch plywood in North Little Rock Arkansas where temps were at 98 deg F in July for a friend.
Just go back to July 29th, 1930, at the start of the Dust Bowl, one of the hottest temps were recorded at 115° F even here in Mississippi. THAT WAS ACTUAL TEMPS, NOT REAL FEEL!
The Dust Bowl turbocharged an already desperate time in American History and the World with the October 1929 Market Crash that started the Depression, where food and jobs were all scarce.
Even during the 1930’s, we were still mainly an agricultural nation where the majority of the population lived on farms, ranches, and rural areas where vehicles were few in number. There was on average one vehicle per household, if that, because some still had another form of horsepower, the four legged-type. Industry and manufacturing were a fraction of what we have now that was located then in the east and mid-west; and we still had temps over 100, even back then. The dust and wind during the Dust Bowl was so severe that if a person got close enough to a barbed wire fence that they would pick up or draw an arch of static electrical charge.
To be able to fully evaluate a situation adequately, you have to know your history that gives you a perspective that very few other mediums can provide, not even television can’t provide you with this accurate data. The anchor and reporters only read what others give them to recite from writers with very limited knowledge and understanding of history. If you study and analysis the period of the depression (1929 – 1947) you will find that in my case, my grandparents, or in your case your great-great-grandparents, that lived during the Depression that they saw some really disparate times even more severe than what we have now.
That generation, that gave birth to The Greatest Generation, your grandparents, was about ready to face a World War again within the next 10- years that threatened our freedoms and liberties, even today. But to show how something positive can come from a really desperate situation, World War II, actually helped get America out of that Depression with manufacturing for the war effort. This feed an tremendous recovery that no other government program could do between 1929 to 1947.
Even women for the first time took up manufacturing jobs on a large scale including riveters, welders, aviators, (that my aunt was in WWII flew as a WASP) and in factories jobs. What was a disparate period of time provided for unimaginable opportunities for men and women both to reach prosperity on a massive scale that no generation had ever seen up to that time.
One of the sources that provided this prosperity for so many individuals was the electric grid that the REA helped support. People didn’t have to earn a living with back breaking work that put a many of people on the unemployment line, because of disabilities.
My Career Before I Retired
I have a degree in Civil and Chemical Engineering that included an Environmental background where I was able to prepare Environmental Impact Reports for proposed projects in the electrical utility industry. Despite what you might have heard, we planned and built transmission line projects where it did not negatively impact our environment in order to supply energy to people’s lives. Electricity still remains one of the major improvements in human standard of living in all of history that made the computer age possible.
I would like to introduce you to a term called Baseload. Before a source can be considered a Baseload in the electrical industry, where I worked for 33- years, it had to be able to supply a minimum of 45% of a grid’s load needed. Solar and wind accounts for about 13.5% at best.
You only have to go back to Hurricane Katrina and Rita in August and September of 2005 perspective to realize that our grid is just as much a National Security component as our defense and food supply are. If you want to disrupt lives of millions of people, just drop a grid system off line from a state or area.
Below, I’m shown testing out a horizontal life line that I developed for the safety of our line crews. This photo was taken on June 23, 2015 two weeks before I was to retire at age 57. The temp for that day was 94° F, noticed the time stamp on this photo, the hottest part of the day. I wanted to spend time with my line crews, because that is where you learn the most about your job, from the people that actually do the work. That was where the horizontal life line came from for wood, steel, and concrete H-Frame Construction, shown below. I’m the guy in the middle on the crossarm over an energized 115kV transmission line.
A Challenge for Generation Z, because we need to Give you Every Opportunity to Succeed in Life
I leave you with this challenge– If you want to have the biggest POSITIVE IMPACT on others! Go into a VOTECH Field or the field of Science and/or Engineering. Earn a degree in VOTECH, Science or Engineering, this is will provide you work for your entire life. Some of my fraternity Brothers in college earned their Chemical Engineering Degrees than went into Medicine as doctors. You can actually go into any other field from having an Engineering Degree, not a Liberal Arts Degree. One of my best friends was both a lawyer and engineer and chose to get back into engineering, because it paid more and more stable.
Your situation and condition is as good as what you put the effort into it, and expect from it. I enjoy my years with Entergy Mississippi that also included aviation. There is nothing that can provide you the excitement of freedom than flying than aviation. I flew over 550- flight hours a year performing aerial patrol, in a Bell 206(D) Jet Ranger, shown below. Aerial patrol is performed just above tree top level.
My health and fitness that I have followed since I was 12 has provided me the ability to enjoy riding my INDIAN motorcycle and working on my farm and in my welding shop, now at 66. This is why health and fitness is important at your age NOW, don’t wait until you’re over 40 to start! Below I’m 66, and still remain active as if I was in my 30’s.
In closing, let me give you 10 Rules of the Subconscious Mind and how it works. Focus on Rule No. 5 on what you expect.
- The subconscious mind does not and must not differentiate between visualizations (practice) and real situations (performance).
- The subconscious mind has no concept of time.
- The Quicker and longer the subconscious mind believes and proves something, the harder it will be to alter this belief in any way.
- Every thought causes a physical reaction. The subconscious mind can’t distinguish between a positive or negative thought.
- What you expect tends to be realized.
- Finding proof of your beliefs strengthens them.
- The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious mind.
- An idea, once accepted, will remain firmly in place until it is replaced by another.
- The greater the conscious effort reduces the subconscious intuitive response.
- Suggestions and beliefs can be used to “program” the subconscious mind.
I follow THE MACS PFX-25 Health & Fitness SPA Program that allowed me to drop weight, inches, and something even more important to those over the age of 40, dropping years off the age of my skin and appearance at age 66. After our photoshoot for our SPORTY’S WRIGHT Bros. & Cockpit Collection, I did an AB Challenge in our hangar at age 66 on July 14, 2023, below. This shows why if you are 15 years of age or older, consider starting a health & Fitness Program, you will benefit from it later in your life. It is like drawing on your 401(k) except this account is a health and fitness account, but the same principle, invest early and enjoy later in your life.