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ANALYST ARTICLE #04222013-01 by: Winston T Hooker Sr.—Public Policy Analyst



  • to read well.

  • to spell.

  • to use new words.

  • How to study effectively.

  • English composition and grammar

  • computing

  • some basic psychology so you will understand why others do what they do.  (Everyone usually acts in his/her own perceived best interest).

  • About your own family’s history (talk to your parents and grandparents).

  • How to debate.

  • How to negotiate

  • How to persuade others (everything you will ever want or need is under the control of others so you must persuade them that it is in their best interest to make it available to you).  Examples: jobs, loans, assistance, spouse, friends, salary raises, promotions, school grades, votes, sales, etc.

  • public speaking.

  • secret keeping.

  • Hazards of social networking.

  • government and history of your nation, state and town.

  • history of the nations of the world

  • geography of your state, your nation and nations of the world

  • 2 or more foreign languages

  • how to budget, to save, to invest

  • how to manage personal finances

  • how to use checks, credit cards and get bank loans

  • how to pay for college.

  • basic physics (friction, inertia, heat transfer, optics, etc.

  • basic chemistry (cooking, fire, acids, alkalines, etc.)

  • basic cooking (rice, potatoes, pasta, burgers, fish, steak, slow cooking, etc.)

  • how to use a microwave oven to cook, reheat food, etc.

  • how to build a fire in a fireplace

  • how to light charcoal briquettes

  • how to store foods and about food poisoning.

  • good table manners and then use them.

  • How to sew on a button.

  • How to operate a sewing machine.

  • How to make up a bed.

  • How to pack dishes and china for moving

  • How to wrap a gift box.

  • How to tie several Boy Scout knots.

  • How to tie objects onto the roof of your car.

  • How to change a flat tire

  • How to check tire pressure and how to add air to a low tire.

  • Photography, how to use a camera and a camcorder

  • driving safety and drive defensively.  Don’t become distracted.

  • hand tool use (drive a nail) and repairing things (learn tool safety)

  • small power tool use (electric drill, saber saw, (learn cutting tool safety)

  • basic household electricals: heating appliances, electric motors, lighting, dimmer switches, ground fault interrupters, electrical panels (learn electrical safety).

  • basic heating, ventilation and air conditioning (furnaces, heat pumps, thermostats, fireplaces, air conditioners and clothes dryer exhausts and exhaust fans,

  • basic plumbing (cold and hot water, drains)

  • building cabinets, boats, bird houses, tool sheds

  • how airplanes fly and build some models

  • the earth (oceans, climate, weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals)

  • animals, insects, birds, fish, plants

  • health, sickness, germs, viruses and medicine.

  • art and learn how to paint

  • reading music and learn to play a musical instrument.

  • How to dance

  • How to sing

  • good hygiene and practice it.

  • Physical fitness (get lots of exercise)

  • body building and build a strong body

  • good nutrition and practice it.

  • Body weight control and dieting

  • How to build a fire without matches.

  • How to kill and dress a chicken

  • How to sharpen a knife, sharpen an axe, or hatchet, sharpen a hoe and a shovel

  • How to cut down a small tree.

  • How to cut up a raw chicken.

  • How to carve a cooked chicken or turkey

  • How to operate a manual can opener.

  • handling firearms safely, to shoot skeet, to shoot targets.

  • a martial art

  • how to kill an airplane highjacker or someone who threatens your child.

  • first aid and how to save a life

  • how to swim

  • how to remove spots and stains from clothing or carpets.

  • To play chess and bridge

  • track sports: running, jogging, broad jump, high jump, etc.

  • playing golf and tennis (helpful in business and socially)

  • play soccer, softball, baseball, volleyball, basketball and football, buy a rulebook for each and read them.

  • your own religion, attend church, volunteer to be part of services,

  • other religions of the world.

  • your government representatives and write or call them.

  • “time management” and practice it.

  • learn about candidates and issues, register to vote and then vote intelligently.

  • About national political issues (gun control, immigration, Medicare, etc.)

  • About free enterprise, capitalism, socialism, communism, fascism

  • About conservatives, liberals, progressives, libertarians, The Teaparty, a democracy, a representative republic, the Electoral College.

  • How bills are turned into laws and laws into regulations.

  • About taxes (sales, excise, property, income, estate,)

  • About contracts

  • Retirement plans (social security, defined benefit, defined contribution, IRA’s 401(k)’s, annuities, stocks, bonds, etc.)

  • Renting, leasing, buying a house (townhouse, villa, condo)

  • Elementary and secondary schools (public, private, military and parochial)

  • Colleges (community, private, state, for-profit and military academies

  • Employment (for a company, self employment, entrepreneur, government, not-for profit, association, military, a profession, a craft, administrative, salaried sales, commission sales, service, manufacturing, freelance, union, non-union.)

  • You can learn something from everyone; EVERYONE has a talent and knows some things that you don’t know.

  • Insurance (life, medical, disability, auto, home and travel)

  • To read maps

  • To give directions

  • To teach or instruct others


  • the bible (all of it)-[it took me two years]

  • fiction, novels, etc. for amusement but try to read more books on facts, history and science to expand your knowledge.

  • biographies of successful people.

  • biographies of famous people.

  • poetry.  Write poetry if you have the skill.

  • “how things work”

  • classical literature

  • local, state, national and world history

  • Keep a dictionary handy and look up words that you read or hear, but don’t know.

  • Go online and “Google” Wikipedia for stuff you don’t know.


  • Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts and/or Indian Princesses.  Become an Eagle Scout.  Become a scout leader.

  • a branch of the military services, the National Guard, the reserves and strive to the highest rank possible.

  • civilian volunteer groups like the Peace Corps, the AmeriCorps, the United Planet, Volunteer Abroad, Habitat for Humanity, or a mission from your church.

  • civic organization like the Jaycees, Civitan, Lions Club, etc.


  • to work at a food bank, a soup kitchen, a rescue mission.

  • at a local hospital.

  • to work in a political campaign


  • credit to others for their efforts, contributions and successes and credit will come back to you.

  • to the political campaigns of your representatives

  • generous donations to your church, worthy charitable organizations and non-profit facilities.

  • Give anonymously when possible (GOD knows).


  • a notebook and ballpoint pen handy and write down things.

  • good records and be organized

  • Make and keep lists.

  • a journal of all the people you know and meet.

  • Up with old friends who live out of town.

  • a running list of your medical problems, issues, immunizations, medications, medical procedures, allergies, and doctors.  Update it often.


  • positive in your outlook-the glass is half full.

  • a good listener (you are not learning when you do the talking)

  • skeptical of politicians and salesmen (sometimes, they lie)

  • generous and help others, be a friend.

  • nice to strangers

  • nice to your subordinates

  • compassionate

  • at peace with your family

  • proud of your own family, heritage, ethnicity, religion, and nationality.

  • Allow others to be proud of their own family, heritage, ethnicity, religion, and nationality.


  • For opportunities to help those who need help

  • For better ways to do everything

  • at disagreements from the viewpoint of your opponents-you could learn something


  • procrastinate with things you have to do.

  • complain.

  • criticize.

  • drink and drive.

  • Text and drive.

  • experiment with or use controlled drugs.

  • use profanity.

  • judge others.

  • Be late for appointments or completing assignments


  • For your life (have written goals with a timetable)

  • Not to be poor (prepare to be self sufficient).

  • (and manage) your time and be sure to include your family

  • For your vacations (plan ahead)

  • For your retirement (invest prudently and diversify investments)

  • For your incapacities (powers of attorney, etc.)

  • for your heirs (wills, trusts, who you want to get what, etc.)

  • for your organ, bone and tissue donations)

  • for your final arrangements and expenses (funeral and internment)

  • for the financial future of spouse and children (term life insurance)


  • Travel as much as you can.

  • Finish whatever you start

  • Stay alert and cautious when alone.  Pay attention to your surroundings.

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