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Bastian Hayek

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  1. I'm on couchsurfing.org - I haven't surfed or hosted so far. membername: BasHayek
  2. I am still thinking about a book I listened to recently. It is called "So good they can't ignore you". Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter, he reveals. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.http://www.amazon.com/Good-They-Cant-Ignore-You/dp/1455509124/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349301260&sr=8-1&keywords=so+good+they+can%27t+ignore+you The reason for most young people's anxiety when looking for their "dream job" is that they don't have a clue what to do with the rest of their lives. Newport mentions that while Steve Jobs advocated "follow your passion" he actually first went on to develop skills and then, when he became very good, developed passion for what he was doing. "We don't need slogans, we need information — concrete, evidence-based observations about how people really end up loving what they do." I think this is advice tied to reality. http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/09/solving_gen_ys_passion_problem.html
  3. According to the Mercatus Index Tennessee has a net migration rate of 4.7% and personal income growth of 1.62%. Starting from much lower, but compare California with -4.5% net migration despite being so pretty, and 0.38% income contraction. Also Mercatus says: "Our study has found that a positive relationship exists between a state's fiscal freedom and its net migration rate and income growth." Source: http://freedominthe50states.org/download/print-edition.pdf#page=99
  4. Yes, I'd be interested to hear about it as well.
  5. Dr. Hurd is an Objectivist. I never had the oppurtunity to use his services but his newsletter is always interesting, and I guess he could help you. http://drhurd.com/ He also has a book Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference).
  6. I did not study neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics. My master's thesis was on language issues in branding. My Bachelor's thesis was on the language of advertising. So I am rather looking in that direction. And I don't really want to do a PhD. That, of course, is true. But it is easier said than done. But thanks for your words, y'all.
  7. Thanks for the answer and suggestions. I taught as an M.A. for a semester. But there is a new professor and he brought his assistants with him, so they did not extend my contract. Also I thought about leaving university for a while. Higher education bubble etc. I don't think a PhD in the humanities would be a good idea and would not really increase my employability. I am not so sure about getting into marketing or advertising, but that is where I have at least some knowledge. I have thought about MBA. I've talked to an MBA part-time school here, and they would accept me with a corporations to work for half a week. Same thing: I need to find a job. May I ask you what you are doing?
  8. Hey. I haven't been here for a while. I thought some of you might find pleasure in helping me, if not I will delete my rantings after a while. I am currently looking for work and not finding anything. My background: Master of Arts in English with specialization in Linguistics. Did my master thesis on the linguistics of brand names. Thought I would end up with a company like Lexicon Branding or at least entry level marketing (trainee), but that seems to be a dream that will not come true soon. Probably I have to give up my apartment if I don't find anything. I increasingly feel like studying was a waste of time. It was interesting, but I can't find anything. And I am also wondering whether I will ever find a central purpose in my life. It is not that I am not interested in business degrees, but I have always been bad in math, and I think that is haunting me as well. I would be able to perform adequately in business if given a calculator, but most tests to get in there require doing it without (as if anyone would ever do it without in real life). Should I seek employment involving hard work? They would probably tell me I am overqualified. But even Roark did it, and I currently don't feel like I am in any way able to compare myself to him. Not sure, what to do going forward. I feel like I might be in a country where economic freedom is not as high as in others, maybe I could find better opportunities in the States. Immigration is not really an option, since it is almost impossible to obtain a green card if you have limited work experience.
  9. Well, you certainly can be openly gay in Germany without being arrested. Are you talking about "holocaust denial" which is a criminal offense in Germany?
  10. Hong Kong - love to be there one day Auckland, NZ - same, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxy0NHYV9ew San Diego, CA - I have been there for a semester and I really miss it Santa Barbara, CA - beautiful! Carmel, CA - a small gem, Clint Eastwood was mayor there If you like history, you should visit Andalucia, Spain. Especially Cordoba. This year I will be visiting Florence and Vienna, and I expect to see a lot. (If you are there, you can PM me )
  11. Thanks for the link. I will have a look at it. As far as I can see NZ has always been ranked high in the Heritage ranking, even under Labour. Why do you think Heritage has this opinion? Which country do you think is best?
  12. No, I haven't lived there. I was considering what I read about New Zealand, being relatively pro-free market even under Labour, and now the ACT is in the government. Furthermore, the Heritag Economic Freedom Index ranks them consistently high: http://www.heritage.org/index/Ranking.aspx The Ease of Doing Business is second only to Singapore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ease_of_Doing_Business_Index#Ranking
  13. The US has still the best culture, and you will certainly find the most Objectivists there.. In all brutal honesty, however, the US will go through very difficult times and if I could I would rather live in Alberta, Canada or New Zealand.
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaY_PLSpp6I This is Unnaipol Oruvan (English: Someone Like You) is an Indian film directed by Chakri Toleti, a remake of "A Wednesday!"
  15. Sorry. That is the one with subtitles.
  16. I wonder if any of you has seen the Indian movie "A Wednesday". It is about terrorism in Bombay, India, and in my opinion a great movie. It is a thriller/drama written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. It stars Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles. The film depicts an about-to-retire police commissioner narrating a sequence of events that unfolded on a particular Wednesday and which do not exist in any written record, but only in his mind and in those of several individuals who were involved in it, both willingly and unwillingly, and how those events affected the lives of all the concerned people. Unfortunately I just found the Hindi trailer.. I watched the movie in Hindi with English subtitles, I don't know whether there is a version completely in English. You should see it!
  17. There are some rational and heroic elements in the character, they are, however, restricted to his work. In private life he is a caricature.
  18. "The sign of the dollar is a symbol introduced by me in fiction to symbolize the cause of a particular group of men in my story. It would be improper to introduce a symbol for philosophy in real life, though it is quite appropriate in fiction. Philosophy does not deal in symbols and does not require them." - Ayn Rand, The Letters of Ayn Rand, March 20, 1965 (p. 634)
  19. According to Schiff, 60% of the Republicans who KNOW him are going to vote for him. So he has to get the message out, and he need more donations.
  20. It reopens today. Check out the webcam http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html
  21. Maybe the Iraqis are smarter than people think. Former Prime Minister Allawi and his secular alliance are slightly ahead of Prime Al-Maliki, the question is whether Maliki will accept the results. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/worl.../c_13219674.htm
  22. In fact I once read that Alberta ranks before Texas in Economic Freedom. If I were living in North America I would seriously consider moving to Calgary or Edmonton.
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