It’s time we gave college students what they need for success in life by Greg Twemlow

Between May 2019 and Nov 2020, Australia’s unemployment grew by 26% from 694,300 to 877,500.

Now here’s the really scary statistic.

In the same period, unemployed Australians with a degree grew by 57% from 129,600 to 204,400. (ABS Labour Force, Australia)

These statistics are true for the USA, UK, Canada, and most advanced western economies.

Universities are charged with failing to instill in graduates the appropriate skills and dispositions to secure employment. A problem largely attributable to universities focusing too rigidly on academically orientated provision and pedagogy, and not enough on applied learning and functional skills.

The past decade in…

Stumbling through life without the right skills is like walking blindfolded into a minefield

Stumbling through life without the right skills is like walking blindfolded and hoping for the best.

Did you know the Uniform Code of Military Justice specifies court-martial for any officer who sends a soldier into battle without a weapon?

There should be similar protection for students because our young people shouldn’t venture into their post-education life without crucial skills.

And it’s also true for adults who were put through regular education and graduated with a high school diploma or a Bachelor's but missed out on any of the nine skills that I consider essential.

I know that people of all…

Viktor Frankl survived the Holocaust. From his perspective, there was one reason why: He was focused on maintaining a sense of purpose.

As he wrote in his vital memoir Man’s Search for Meaning, those in the concentration camps who lost a sense of hope quickly decayed, while those who could envisage a future beyond their circumstances were able to be far more resilient.

In his quest to choose his own way amid the suffering, Frankl referred back to Friedrich Nietzsche, who said,

“He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear almost any ‘how’.”

Without a specific future to…

In Australia, a new style of teaching young people designed specifically to equip students with the skills to not just cope, but the life-skills to prosper, are being taught with great results.

For many children around the world today, the education they receive is insufficient and incompatible with the ‘real world’.

That’s not the fault of teachers and they too have endured a system that graduates teachers via a process that has little to do with the life-skills they need, rather, it’s a process that prepares teachers to follow curricula that in some cases haven’t changed for 100 years.

The world today is in a fast-paced state of constant change, with this acceleration there is a growing complexity of social and technological processes which result in new and currently unresolved issues directly…

When SEVENmile Venture Lab Founder and CEO, Greg Twemlow, set up a pilot program called Enterprise in the Local Community, for students at a local high school, he was stunned at the response the program received. “We were so proud of the students as they presented their concepts,” he recalls. “Clearly, we had hit a chord with today’s youth.”

As part of the course, based on the Life-Skills Schema, students listen to local business owners explain the problem they need to be solved, identify needs, collaborate, analyze business problems, build solution frameworks, create pathways, create presentation decks, and pitch their…

Take control of the 3 realities that shape your life

We know that life isn’t a dress rehearsal for a final act that magically delivers everything we thought we wanted.

The 3 Realities that Shape Our Lives

The first reality is that you could reflect on your situation relative to the womb that birthed you into this world. Something we all have zero control over. (see Warren Buffet’s famous remarks on this aspect of life at the end of this article.)

Even if you don’t buy Buffett’s idea that only government can alleviate certain forms of inequality, one thing that’s great about Buffett’s reality is his appreciation of luck and the realization that he won a lottery…

Everyone enthusiastically discusses listicles

and Why it can only be 9

A portmanteau of “list” and “article”, listicles are incredibly popular and have saturated Internet publishing since about 2009 but were widely used for at least 100 years prior to 2009.

In fact, we are abused by listicles in mainstream journalism too.

Ranked lists are a mainstay of digital content publishing and can be found on most sites — from independent blogs to global media sites. For years, content publishers and online marketers have used ranked lists to drive traffic to their websites. Lists are highly shareable via social media, and other blogs and websites frequently write about and link to…

poster by Jess X. Snow

“Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children and love it, as God loves us all. One thing we know, there is only one God; no man, be he red man or white man, can be apart. We are brothers, after all.” words of Chief Seattle, 1852

We think memory cannot see into nor through events of history. Such thinking is a convenient forgetting — the past infuses everything present.

Ancient memories of place seep into the contemporary psyches. Imagine inhabitants of an Australian river valley…

it’s never too early to start testing, but do you test knowledge or attitude?

Like most people, you have probably experienced the disappointment of a poor test result and the shame of having your result paraded to the entire cohort.

The test results summary is made public and usually sorted high-to-low. The folks up top often gloating while the folks at the bottom look for a rock to crawl under.

A poor test result is often terribly demoralizing. It takes a high degree of resilience and maturity to cope with a deep sense of failure, even if you actually managed a Pass. And the younger the person coping with a poor result, the more likely they’ll internalize the stress and embarrassment.

Most countries continue to use standardized tests as a mechanism for admission and sorting and generally determining “suitability”.


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For the past 4 years, there’s been strong speculation as to whether the 2016 election of Trump was the result of rare and unrepeatable circumstances.

That speculation was dispelled on November 3rd, 2020. We got a very clear signal that 2016 was no one-off. Rather we now know that Trump had used his first 4 years in office to great effect.

We’ll likely never know whether Trump and his advisors were sufficiently sophisticated to craft a Plan B so Machiavellian that they make the namesake look like a rank amateur.

Plan B is now perfectly clear. The Trump base is…

Greg Twemlow

sharing what I’ve learned from 35 years as a citizen-of-the-world, parent, corporate executive, entrepreneur and since 2018, CEO of a registered charity

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