bluebirds and lemondrops

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Why is our talent so concentrated? Former Yale professor Bill Deresiewicz recently published a book, Excellent Sheep, which argues that elite college students are being trained to advance and compete with little regard for higher concerns. In my mind, it’s in large part a question of access and resources. The banks and consulting firms have massive recruitment budgets and spend millions a year seeding and building talent pipelines (as does Teach for America). Law school, med school, and graduate school are very easy and obvious to access and apply to.

The six paths of the typical US college graduate—and why they’re all wrong - Quartz

i know many fellow duke grads who went into these fields for love. but i also know many who went into them by default. it was the path painted by the school and the recruiters, and i always felt like a tiny bit of an outsider for picking something else — journalism — that kind of forced you to forge a path on your own. this article is totally on-point. we have to stop funneling talent into just a few fields and get people to think more creatively about where they want to go and what defines success for them.

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What am I painting? Fuck you, that’s what I’m painting. You know why, mister? You drive to the store to get your paint supplies in a Hyundai, I drive an $80,000 BMW. That’s what I’m painting.

Painting is a man’s game. You can’t play the game, you can’t paint, go home and tell your wife your troubles. Because only one thing counts in life: painting pretty trees. You know me, I always gotta put in a big, happy tree. You hear me, you fucking cocksuckers?

A-B-P. Always be painting. ALWAYS BE PAINTING. G-P-M-B. G, Get a clean paintbrush. P, Put some paint on that brush, M, Make some cute little clouds above some footy hills. B, Be sure to thoroughly clean your paint station afterwards. G, P, M, B!

Glengarry, Bob Ross (via fuckyeahgreatplays)