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World does not owe us a living

I AM not at all surprised to see two more letters attacking Bill Cullen's recent lesson on self starting for beginners (Letters, February 25).

Young people seem unable to comprehend the level of despair and isolation that was the lot of the unemployed in times past.

Dole wasn't even at subsistence level, new clothing a major luxury, two or three drinks on one of the weekend nights, too costly to bring your girlfriend to see a film and no television to take your mind off the misery.

What has changed, immeasurably, is the present day fallacy that the world owes you a living, or you can buy yourself into the workforce by producing a certificate.

Not necessarily so!

You don't just sit down and email your qualifications to every plc in the country.

You do have to get out of bed early and actively seek a way out of self-pity and dependence on others.

Start thinking for yourself and act positively.

That's how Bill Cullen started, as did every self-employed man and woman in the country.

And remember, even in these recessionary times, there is help out there that wasn't there in the Sixties.

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Niall Ginty

Killester, Dublin 5

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