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Hi, I'm Cameron Chardukian. I'm a 16 year old personal development blogger as well as a performing juggler.

You can read a detailed about me post on my blog, but to keep things short, I was a depressed child growing up and used video games to repress my feelings and escape from reality.

In early 2011 I hit rock bottom before discovering the field of personal development. Since then I've put in countless hours into improving my life and have made huge strides in my social skills, health, and general well being.

I'm not perfect, but who is? Wink

Anyway, I'm here to connect with like minded individuals and gain information about how I can work to improve the education system. I'm looking forward to meeting you all.
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Welcome. Your blog looks very professional!

Why is it that some of the ideas out of personal development, like the idea that people can grow, change, improve using techniques that can be at least offered up by those who have gone through things already, isn't part of most "education?"

That question fits into those on the thread Why doesn't school teach us anything useful?, you might find it interesting.

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I knew someone was going to have to make a circus comment... haha Razz

And thanks for checking my blog out criteria. Why personal development isn't offered as at least an elective in school is beyond me. Guess that's something we'll have to change going forward Smile
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Hi there! You sound interesting.

Yeah, personal development type stuff should definitely be in school... then again, they'd probably do such a terrible job of teaching it that people will want to do the opposite. Razz

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(05-18-2013 12:18 PM)Cameron Chardukian Wrote:  I knew someone was going to have to make a circus comment... haha Razz

And thanks for checking my blog out criteria. Why personal development isn't offered as at least an elective in school is beyond me. Guess that's something we'll have to change going forward Smile

Personal development in school would probably be akin to making you better at doing this:
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Seeing that the current education system still seems to follow such thoughts.

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