Progress
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The value of Progress over a long and short period of time is very centered around speed (#) especially in this generation, but can also create a sense of accomplishment (#), can encourage creativity (#) and in some cases requires cooperation (#).

The emphasis on progress is quickly developing in society today. Progress is often associated with accomplishment or achievement. This can lead to a lower quality outcome and less efficiency.

Progress takes many forms in every day life. It can be interpreted in business, education, family, friends and even mentality. Because it is intertwined in so many aspects of life, progress can be associated with numerous values. When dealing with the business aspect, many companys’ biggest concern is speed and finishing a product as soon as possible. For example, when constructing Dehler Park, Billing’s new baseball stadium, progress was valued in order to be done for the upcoming baseball season. This in turn acquires more business through client satisfaction. Cooperation and communication can also be associated with progress. In instances like family, friends and mentality the key to progress is communication and cooperation. Progress can often be associated with efficiency, speed and hard work. Without these, progress can be hard to obtain. Progress brings communities together by forced interaction. Families progress through communication, businesses progress through interaction between clients, workers, bosses, and community members.

There are however, a few problems associated with this value. For one, if progress is valued at a very high level, it can result in inefficiency. This can be explained by an example of a construction site. If the builders focus too much on the idea of progress for the client or for money purposes, they may cut certain corners or rush certain progress. This can create dangerous conditions for anyone in the building as well as a loss of money for future “keep-up”. Progress, on the other hand, can also be demoted, or even forgotten. In this case, the consequences can be as profound as if the value were taken too seriously. For example, if a teacher is not interested in the progress of her students, this can have a lasting effect on the student’s knowledge of the subject. In the same respect, if a student does not value you his or her progress, most likely their grades will suffer. If our society did not value progress, we would not put as much energy in to things such as science and research as we do. This is very important because diseases such as cancer are extremely wide-spread.

Progress is measured through psychological judgement, physical occurrence, and social acceptance. When a personal goal is met, congratulations are made whether it be in the conscience or from another physical person. A sense of joy, happiness, accomplishment, or even relief can be something felt when great personal progress is made. This is a natural occurrence and a great measure of fulfillment and progress. Physical occurrence can also be a measure of progress. When a member of the Billings community drove by the beginnings of Dehler Park on 27th street in February of 2008, they would see the concrete bleachers and beginning of the field. As they drove by again in July of 2008 the park would be done. This would be an obvious measure of progress and a visual aid in judging how fast the job was done. Physical progress is one of the most valued aspects in our society today. Social acceptance is also another measurement of progress. If one is praised by peers on achievement and progress, it creates the psychological aspect to kick in and one will feel satisfied. All three aspects of progress have associated values that coincide in order to help one be a person of progress.

Because progress is valued in school and school begins at such a young age, the following aspects should be things to consider for a very young student of progress.

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-MAKE GOALS you would like to obtain in order to get further in the ultimate goal
-WORK HARD at obtaining each goal one makes
-FOCUS on what task is at hand
-ANALYZE each aspect of how to make progress, including what one self can do as well as others.
-DEDICATION to the specific goals and/or goals.
-BE CREATIVE in ways to move forward with social, physical, mental, psychological and business goals.
-COOPERATE with the individuals surrounding you in order to attain the common goal.
-COMMUNICATE with fellow individuals in order to make progress as efficient as possible.

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