Topic 1: Football players and actors are paid too much.

The topic I have to talk about is titled “Football players and actors are paid too much”, and I have to confess that,
between my three possibilities, this is maybe the one I am more keen on with. To be honest, first thing I did to
prepare the speech was a few of research in the Internet, and as a conclusion I realised that I have been mistaken
totally my professional career. So far I was quite satisfied with my working conditions, but after I found out the huge
amount of money that some footballer or actors can earn I started to change my mind about this.
Let me give you some data: Do you know how much money some football players earns? For example, Messi is
going to earn more than 51M$ in salary and winnings, and another additional 22M$ in endorsements; and he is just
the fourth best paid. By the way, the two firsts are boxers. And what about actors? Well, the leading wealthier one is
right now Robert Downey Jr, who have been earned around 80M$ by the end of this year, according to Forbes
data.
Therefore, the question is clear; are that large amounts of money fair?, with such a lot of people that need almost
everything and is starving and homeless is that even ethic?. I thing that there are mainly two schools of thought about
this.
First of all there are a lot of people that think that these great quantities are almost obscene, and that the maximum
salaries paid to athletes or people involved in entertainment have to be according with the rest of the employees
incomes in our society.
However, on the other hand, you can conclude that what determines the price is not the importance of the work, but
how desired is the work that is done. I mean that a huge amount of people, millions, watch football every week and
they want to watch the best football players, or they go to the cinema to see their favourite actors and actresses.
Therefore, football clubs or film producers offer huge amount of money to the best of them. There's a lot of money
involved in football and cinema because of their popularity. And it does not matter if the money could be used for
better things. Either if you like it or not, the real thing is that in our society Salary is not always determined by how
hard you work, or how skilled you are. You could be a very efficient engineer, doctor or police officer, though as
there's not as much money involved in having the best road, bridge or electrical instalation in a building, as it is in
having the greatest football players, there's no chance that you will earn the same salary.
To sum up, I really believe that if you think that the salaries that football players, basketball player, or any other, even
actors or musicians are paid are too; high then we have to think why is that. The main conclusion, in my opinion, is in
the values that our society appreciates more. It seems to me that these are not regarding the importance of the job,
its responsibility or its influence on other human lives but in how it makes you evade your own daily routines and how
they make you, in some sense, dream about a more comfortable and enjoyable life.

Topic 2: Setting up your own business.
The topic I have to talk about is titled “Setting up your own business”, and I think it is the most difficult one
between my three possibilities, so, I didn´t really know how to handle it. Then I realised that my own
parents have been entrepreneurs, and that both of them launched their own little business during the
1980´s. In fact, my father inherited a small printing in Santa Cruz, and he run it during almost 30 years
until he got retired three years ago. In addition to that, they both, my father and mother together, opened a
book shop in La Cuesta that, I am proud to say, is still running despite the difficulties that the sector is
facing lately.
So, they were my main sources of information, and first thing they have always told me about businesses
is that starting your own one, can look like a kind of romantic idea, but in fact isn’t for the faint of heart. It
is going to be stressful, and demands your complete attention and additional worries. But on the bright
side, it can also be a fulfilling experience both professionally and personally. (adjectives and expresions
here)
So, for me, the questions you are supposed to do to yourself if you are thinking setting up a bussiness is
“Are you willing to set aside almost everything ?”. Are you really motivated, able to adapt and confident?
Are you resilient enough?
And of course, if at this point you have answered “yes” and you are decided to undertake the project, here
I have some piece of advice, not very technical ones, but I thing that they can be useful:
1.

Think carefully. Don’t just start a business because something is in vogue and you think
commercializing it will make money. Develop a business concept that you're passionate about,
and related to something that you have experience with.

2.

Be realistic. That means to let aside the romanticism, and figure out how you can make your
idea become a reality. Therefore, you should write down the headlines of your bussiness, mainly
regarding to your expected incomes and costs, identify your potential markets, and establish a
budget.

3.

Don´t be alone. Share your ideas with friends and family. Your nearest and dearest will most
likely be the most honest with you about your business. Don’t hesitate to seek their advice and
suggestions. And on the other hand, avoid the naysayers. Hire the best people for the job,
because you wont be skilled at every task

4.

Behave properly: In a few words, be honest, be patient, don´t became angry easily and be
flexible, that is one of the key points for your success.

To sum up, I really believe that setting up your own business is a task that requires a wide range of habilities, but if I
had to choose two or three of them, I would be a mixture between leadership, flexibility, and pragmatism. All of them
are skills you must have to success in the business world.

Topic 3: Social Networking Sites and Teens.
The topic I have to talk about is titled “Social Networking Sites and Teens”, and well, to be honest, this is not a matter
I like much, so I started to do some reseach to try to expose the topic properly. So, the good point is that this work
has allowed me to know many different thing about social networking sites that where totally unknown for me.
First thing that astonish me was the wide variety of social networking sites that are able to join in. Apart from the
“classical” Facebook or Twitter, that are the most popular ones (Facebook has around 1.500 M users, and almost
1.000 of them connect everyday), there are many others focused in different areas such as photography (Instagram o
Flicker), work (Linkedin), videos (Youtube), about fashion and crafts (pinterest) or even to find contacts or directly to
have sex (like Badoo, Meetic, and some others…)
Furthermore, we all should agree that online social media has gained popularity worldwide, and although I think that
with time all generations are getting used to changes that social network has brought about, teenagers and young
adults are the most fanatic users of these sites. According to many research studies these sites are impacting the
lives of the youth greatly. But, I think that in using these sites such as there are both positive and negative effects on
the youth.

POSITIVEIMPACTS: Most teenagers are spending an important percentage of their spare time in social media
sites. So the question could be, how spending all that time may have a positive impact on them?.

Social media can help them to updated with what is happening around the world in an easier way

Help the teenagers stay connected and interact with each other even if they are many miles
apart.

Their relationship can be maintained even if they finished school and moved to different locations
they stay connected and update one another.

In addition, social media sites have provided a platform whereby the youth can create groups and
pages based on their common interests and end up building connections and opportunities for
their respective careers.

Therefore, I am convinced that if you ask youth about social media they would answer that social media
has become just part of their lifestyle and it makes their lives easier and efficient.
NEGATIVEIMPACTS: While on one hand social network sites seems to bring people together and connected
on the other hand it can create social isolation surprisingly. As the youth tend to spend many hours on
these sites, they rarely have face-to-face interaction. That social isolation can cause physical and mental
problems which include anxiety, depression and somatic complaints among many others.

Other negative effects of social networking can include:

Cyber bullying; because these are perfect platforms for bother people anonymously.

Can provide details that increase risks of identity and exposing underage to online “predators”.

Allowing spread of misinformation that is perceived as fact,

Encouraging poor spelling and grammar.

CONCLUSION: Social networking clearly has both positive and negative effects on the youth. It is an
individual decision to make whether to continue using the sites or not, and the purpose you use it for.