MMSW: I was only noting that you had several links there but they only referred to one study. It has little to do with statistics but more to do with giving a visual impression that you have lots of support for your position by posting many links when they are in fact all the same source. TEACHERGROUPIE I haven't asked for any sympathy so I'm not sure why people feel the need to post that. I'm doing absolutely fine at the moment. Because I have a contrarian view about the advice we should be giving prospective teachers, then I must need sympathy? What does that have to do with the discussion? I suppose I'm in the minority that I think helpful advice should be based on the facts and by doing a cost-benefit analysis, not through inspirational quotes from some sappy self-help book. That is the issue on the table, not my own personal situation. I very much appreciate any thoughts on that debate. PEACHYNESS Sorry to hear about your recent loss. In general yes, of course you should always find a reason to be positive in life and not sweat the small stuff. My issue here is when people claim you need to stay positive about something when negativity is certainly in order. In this case I believe a dash of negativity will get you moving and working in the right direction and get you a job much faster than continuing on the same path with the mere addition of "staying positive."