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Business 1 Lesson 85

Over the course of several weeks, I have been reading the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by: Dale Carnegie. Throughout the book, Carnegie gives tips on how to manipulate people into doing what you want, and how to get along with people. Today, I am going to write about my plan to implement one of the tips laid out in this this book.

The chapter that I think would be the best to follow, would be How to Plant Seeds for Ideas. This is important because it gets people to do what you want them to do without them realizing that it wasn’t actually their own idea. That way they do things for themselves that have the added benefit of helping you. Planting a seed is a very important and useful skill. This is because it allows you to “trick” people into doing something for you, while they think they are doing it solely for themselves. This also allows you to manipulate people who have ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) to do what you want them to. (That could be a very useful skill!)

Being able to plant a seed doesn’t only get people to do what you want, as it can also be used to get people to see the benefits of another action. For example: if a person were to try and fish with a spear instead of a fishing pole, you would try to explain why they should use a fishing pole instead. If you utilize the technique of seed planting, you could get that person to see why a fishing pole is better. Then, that person would make their own decision as to whether they use the fishing pole.

As you can see, seed planting can be very useful. My plan is to practice using this technique and learn everything that I can about how to do it. If I can learn how it is done then, with practice, I can get people to see from my point of view and get them to do what I want. Seeing this technique in-action would also be helpful, so I plan to find someone who has mastered it, so I can study them in person!

In conclusion, I think that seed planting is a very useful skill that can be applied in a variety of situations. I think that some people are going to be better at this skill than others however, over time, I think that anyone could develop the skills to successful seed planting. My plan to become successful is to learn from others and try to see what works for me and what doesn’t. Then, I will use the skill in one situation and see if I can do the same thing in another situation, or if it is not a “one size fits all” technique.

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Business 1 Lesson 70: Spreeder

When I attended public school, I met many kids who showed no interest in picking up a book. They were not interested, because they could not quickly read and comprehend what they were reading. In fact, some of them may have been on the verge of not knowing how to read. What if this could change? What if there was a program that would allow kids to increase the amount of words per minute they could read and comprehend? Well, there is such a program it is called Spreeder. My business teacher, Dr. North, highly recommends this program because, if used for only 10 minutes every day, it could increase your reading speed exponentially. Dr. North has asked what it would take to get me to use Spreeder for 10 minutes per day.

Quite simply, it would require Dr. North to give me a list of benefits.

Obviously the first benefit would be faster reading. Being able to read fast is important when it comes to school. Schools typically require you to read a set number of pages or words every quarter, or 9 weeks. So, if you were able to read that amount in less time than required, that would leave you with more time to do with as you’d like.

Another benefit would be improved comprehension. This is obviously extremely important because what is the point of being able to read fast, if you don’t understand what you just read? Comprehension is extremely important whether you are the Usain Bolt of reading or the slowest turtle. If you don’t understand what you just read, it doesn’t matter if you are fast or slow. That is why, if you use Spreeder, you will be able to increase your reading speed and still understand everything you read.

One other benefit is that you could finish your personal books faster. This is a benefit, because it allows you to move on to other books that you have wanted to read for quite some time. It also allows you to read a school book and a personal book and understand both. My favorite part of being able to read personal books faster, is that I can read as many books as I want because I can finish them quickly.

Another benefit is the fact that your vocabulary would increase because of Spreeder. Now, this isn’t a direct benefit of using Spreeder. However, Spreeder teaches you how to read faster and, with that, you can read many more books. Since you can read so many books, your vocabulary would increase exponentially. When I was little, I would read so much that my vocabulary was not typical for a student my age.

In conclusion, it would take Dr. North giving me a list of benefits (like what I have given above) to get me to use Spreeder for 10 minutes every day. As I shown above, Spreeder has a lot of benefits. There should be no reason for me NOT to use Spreeder. That means that I should start using Spreeder to increase my vocabulary, free time, reading speed, and comprehension, etc., otherwise I am just being flat out lazy.

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9th Grade English Lesson 15: Heart Attack

For this essay, we will analyze the good things that happened because of Jim Lehrer’s heart attack. Now, some of you may thin that heart attacks are always bad, which they are, but good things can happen in turn because of them. Let’s get into this essay and learn about some of those good things.

One good thing that came out of Lehrer having a heart attack is the fact that he developed a healthier diet. In the book, Lehrer states that, “I had the eating habits of a pimply faced 15 year-old.” Then he goes on to list all of his dietary habits. This shows that prior to the heart attack he was not taking care of himself as far a diet goes. Then, once he had the heart attack, he changes his diet. He realized that what he was eating was slowly killing his heart and body. He realized that he was killing himself by eating garbage. So, he changed his diet in an effort to save himself from having a second heart attack.

Another good thing that happened because of the heart attack was that he stopped smoking. Jim Lehrer was a huge smoker. He stated in his book that he had smoked adamantly for 20 years. Lehrer was such a big smoker, that he even smoked while he was going to the hospital before he had his heart attack. Well, smoking is such a bad thing for people having heart attacks, that it actually speeds up the process. After Lehrer had his heart attack, he went on to stop smoking. One thing that helped him to do that was that every time he picked up his pipe he would think of the hospital, and that stopped him from wanting to smoke again.

The next really good thing that happened because of Lehrer’s heart attack was the documentary he made called Your heart My heart. Since that documentary was made, it made heart attacks to something that people made more attention to. Actually, Lehrer was informed later in that he had saved a girls life because of it. His documentary made a girl realize that she was having a heart attack, and she made it to the hospital with around 5 minutes to spare.

In conclusion, Lehrer made an impact not only in his life but in the life of others after he had his heart attack. Heart attacks can be something that causes you to step into the light of reality, or it can kill you. Hopefully, the latter doesn’t occur. Please like and subscribe for more fro Homeschooled Hero! If you have any stories of a loved one having a heart attack or even if you’ve had one yourself, please leave it in the comments below.

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Really Rick?

So I recently attempted to read one of Rick Riordan’s newest books, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor. However, I couldn’t even make it to page 100, which is weird for me since I love to read!

In this book, we meet a new character named Alex. Well, I thought that it would be cool to meet a new person with a dark personality that will eventually help Magnus in the end. Well, instead we get a comment from him saying, “Call me she.” I stopped and thought about this, and could not figure out why he would want to be called she. Then, on the next page, Alex makes another comment saying that he/she is a, “Gender-fluid transgender.” I find this very disappointing. While I don’t mind having people like that out in the world, I don’t enjoy it when I am forced to have content like this in my books. Now I know some of you will say, “Well you didn’t have to buy the book.” and my answer to that is, that you are absolutely correct. However, I did so completely unaware that there was this type of character in this story. The cover made no mention of transgender, gender-fluid, or any other type of confused character. If it had, I would not have purchased the book!

That being said, I really enjoy your writing style Rick. However, I don’t like having characters like that. A case can be made for characters whos sexuality somehow helps the story along. For example when you made Nico Di’Angelo gay in the Heroes of Olympus series, it made sense because it made him want to stay away from Percy. So that was fine with me, but making a “gender-fluid Transgender” character doesn’t help the story-line along at all. In fact, it seems to be included in the story for no reason other than to appease the modern PC culture. If that is the case, I am severely disappointed and will have to reconsider any future purchases of your books.

Signed,

Homeschooled Hero (one of your biggest fans)

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(This is not meant to cause a heated debate in the comments.)

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How the church members should have handled their situation like Jesus

In the book, In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, the church members are tasked with living by the question, “What would Jesus do?” However, it is never explained to us how these people know what Jesus would do. I know that many people would say, “You can figure it out by reading the Bible,” unfortunately then you would have to only find yourself in situations under the same exact circumstances. So, they should have started seeing things as Jesus would have. They also should have tried to stay out of situations he would disapprove of.

In conclusion, it is difficult to live by this question. However, it is not impossible. So, if you plan on  living that way, keep in mind you don’t know exactly what Jesus would do in every situation. However, you do know what he would not do, so go from there.

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What is the least plausible aspect of the plot so far?

Today I am writing about the book that I am currently reading for English. The book is called In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. The book takes place in a town where people are doing “wrong.” So, the pastor creates a challenge for the people at the church. A few people in the crowd decide to take up the challenge, they had to live their lives by asking “What would Jesus do?” The book follows several characters, but mostly focuses on the young woman known as Rachel. She is a self-centered and selfish person. Another way to describe Rachel is as an megalomaniac.

I think that the least plausible part of this book is living by what Jesus would do. I think that this is implausible because how would anyone know what Jesus would do? Sure, the Bible explains what he did, but you can’t go based off of that. Plus, this is a completely different time than when the Bible is set so he could do things very differently than he did then. Also, Jesus might be able to do many things that we as normal mortals wouldn’t be able to do in our wildest dreams. Thus, this is very implausible.

I would like to take this time to talk about Rachel. Rachel thinks that she is super-special, because of her beautiful voice. However, she has no sense of money or how to choose a good track to get her voice out there. For example, she was given an opportunity to earn a lot of money and get known. However, instead of taking this opportunity, she chose to stay singing at the church because she thought that she was getting a point out there by staying at the church, and making a difference in people’s lives. However, we find out that is not true later on when she sings for the workers. When she sings for the workers, after she sings, all of the people left and went back to the saloons. Not one of the workers had a single care in the world for what she sang about. Another problem, that I have with Rachel, is that she has rejected two men when they proposed to her. She rejected them both because she thought that her singing for people was much more important than getting married. She also thought both men rude for not even asking her on a date or getting to know her first, they just came up and asked for her hand in marriage.

In conclusion, living life by the code of “What would Jesus do?” is difficult and implausible. This not something that can be done just because you want to. You would have to actually know Jesus on a personal level in order to do this. Unfortunately not many people, that are alive, have that connection with Jesus. Also, Rachel is not the kind of person that you should ask to marry, because she is very self-centered. Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero! If you enjoyed this essay, drop a like and leave a comment explaining what you thought of it.

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President Ronald Reagan

Hey guys, today I am writing about the 40th President Of The United States. Ronald Reagan is considered by a large majority of Conservatives and Republicans, to be one of the very best Presidents in the history of the United States.

As I was doing my research, I realized that the current President, Donald Trump, seems to be very similar to Ronald Reagan. Actually, the day that I wrote my rough draft, I learned that Trump passed a bill that was very similar to a bill that Reagan signed when he was President. I hope that you guys see the similarities as well, but if you don’t feel free to leave a comment explaining why you feel otherwise. So without further adieu, let’s learn about Ronald Reagan.

Let’s start with his birth, Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. He was born in Illinois. Some personality traits that people commonly attribute to Reagan include his optimistic faith, and the fact that he always saw the best in people. Before World War 2, Reagan had held the jobs of a lifeguard, a radio announcer, and an actor. Let’s start with the lifeguarding. When Reagan was a lifeguard, he would never get his suit wet unless he was saving somebody, as were the rules at the time. He would actually have a wooden log that he would put notch into every-time that he would save somebody. Historians say that he saved around 75 people.

Now let’s talk about his radio announcer job. When Reagan was a radio announcer, he wouldn’t actually watch the games like announcers do today. This is a little strange, but there would be people at the game who would send telegrams with play-by-plays that Reagan would read into the microphone. One time, the telegraph information just stopped coming in, so Reagan had to stall. He started saying that the batter hit a foul and kept hitting them, until 12 which he thought was just ridiculous. Then, the machine turned back on and Reagan filled the nation in on the actual play-by-play. That was pretty scary for them, but I bet that Reagan had some fun.

Reagan was the first president to be elected out of a non-political position. He was an actor. Many people know that much, but some people don’t know this. They don’t know that Reagan was actually the first of two presidents to have been divorced. (The second is Donald Trump) Reagan’s first wife was Jane Wyman, he actually had a daughter with Jane, and he had to explain to her why her parents were getting divorced. However, he didn’t understand very well (Neither did his daughter) so that didn’t work very well. The divorce was completed in 1949. Then, in 1952, Reagan met his next wife Nancy Reagan. When he met Nancy, he was a Democrat but as time went on, he became a Conservative Republican. He also became a life member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). Another strange but cool connection between Trump and Reagan is that they are both the two oldest people to be elected president.

Many people don’t know this, but Reagan was actually the oldest president to be elected, he was inaugurated at 69 but the next day he turned 70. This was true until Donald Trump was inaugurated. Many people also don’t know that Reagan’s mom died of Alzheimer’s disease. This is probably why Reagan died of the disease himself.

Reagan’s legacy as a president is important to know. His legacy is as a firm and unswerving leader, which restored faith in the presidency after two decades of weak presidents, until Bill Clinton. When Bill Clinton went into office then the presidency started to slip again. However now that we have Trump, the economy seems to be changing in the same ways that it did when Reagan was president.

In conclusion, Ronald Reagan is arguably one of the top 3 best presidents in the history of the United States. I hope that you saw similarities between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. Again, if you didn’t leave a comment why not, or write a blog post on it and link to me! I hope that you enjoyed this essay. Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero!

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