Please understand I am a person that got married at seventeen years old while I was still in high school. I have no formal education and I’m not the smartest or most attractive person you’ll meet.Check out my story here. I am the textbook example of an average guy, maybe even less than that. So why did my boss choose to put me in this position of responsibility? I got this first promotion by simply honoring my word by working my hardest. This path is available for all who will aggressively follow it.
Another path to you could pursue is to have a dream and start your own business.
Many people just like you have chosen the path of being their own boss. They have sacrificed time with their family for years by giving up eighty, or more, hours a week to build their own dream. Many successful people have toiled with financial strain and the stress of possible bankruptcy before success finally came. They risked everything they had and some are now millionaires. Most of these people had failed several times before finally gaining success. It’s easy to look at their bank account now and forget all the perseverance that got them that financial security. In America, we all have this opportunity, regardless of race, color, or family history. Why would we vilify these successful people instead of celebrating them? Because too many people want the same results without the risk, trials and tribulations it takes to achieve this success. Instead, many people would rather cry, “It’s not fair they have that and I don’t”.
The real American dream is equal opportunity, not guaranteed results.
I had tried to build a dream by starting my own business many times in my life with varying degrees of success. I have not yet achieved my dream of financial security, but I’ve learned from my many failures and grown from them. Many years I only earned enough extra money to pay for my children’s Christmas gifts. I certainly wouldn’t call that a failure, by any means, but it wasn’t the ultimate success I was seeking. I’ve tried to start several websites (including this one), I’ve sold items on eBay, and I’ve started several small marketing businesses.
As I’ve attempted to build a dream and be my own boss, I’ve sacrificed many things. I’ve missed many things in life as I usually work on these products in my off time from my full time job. My wife can attest to the many nights she’s went to bed and woke up the next morning and I’ve been up all night working on my dream. As she was waking up the next morning I was getting dressed to go do my day job while getting absolutely no sleep (I drink lots of coffee). I’ve been up for seventy-two hours straight, because I had a dream. I’m not asking for sympathy, but I do want you to understand what it may take to achieve your dream. If I ever achieve my dream, sadly, many people will think I’m “lucky” and be jealous of whatever material possessions I have (and the government will take most of it). I imagine, if I ever have employees, they will sit in a break room, like the people I worked with, and think I’m somehow “cheating” them. This is the new America and it reminds me of a quote from (What About Bob?) one of my favorite movies, “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, I need, I need, I need!”
As I’ve talked to many people about the things I’ve sacrificed in an attempt to achieve my dreams, I generally get the same response, “you’re crazy, I would never do that.” That is exactly why everyone can’t have the same financial results. Most people won’t pay the price it takes. Most people just want to work their forty hours a week, drink a beer and watch the football game on Saturday. Most people are not go-getters. Most people don’t deserve more than they have. If you are fine with a modest income and a modest life, then great! Just don’t ask for anything from me that I’ve achieved by sacrificing the things you’re not willing to sacrifice.
The whole issue of raising the minimum wage is really just politics anyway. The leaders of this movement are manipulating people. They understand most people don’t understand basic economics. Most people want something for nothing and the leaders of this movement are willing to exploit this and promise the moon if it gets them votes or more power for their union. It doesn’t matter that raising the minimum wage will NEVER help anyone in any way at all.
“Are you telling me giving a seven dollar an hour raise to a single mom who’s making minimum wage won’t help her?”
Yes, that’s exactly what I’m telling you, because basic economics, that most people don’t understand, ensure this. Every time you raise one of the costs of doing business like I listed earlier in this post such as rent, utilities, or wages (your pay), the company will raise prices. It’s happened every time we’ve raised the minimum wage. As you raise all the wages, the price of every service or product that any company makes will go up accordingly. The single mom working at McDonald’s will have to pay more for everything rendering her newfound money in her paycheck useless. It’s a big scheme so the politicians can exploit this same single mom later as they try to get the minimum wage lifted to $20 an hour in a few years. They know it’s a never-ending cycle that will always be there to gain political points and THAT is all they care about.
It’s easy to come up with a kumbaya, emotionally-driven argument, but it won’t solve anything. The goal of politicians is to pit groups of people against each other; it isn’t to solve any real problems. You can have lots of discussions in your college classrooms about things that don’t really work. Lots of things “work” in academia but not the real world. It’s amazing how people try to boil things down to a questions you’d ask a three year-old like, “shouldn’t everyone have a big house, a nice car, and lots of money?” Of course the three year old is going to say yes, but please remember that the same three year old thinks we should all have a free lollipop tree and a pet unicorn. Neither is realistic!
Please grow up and join us in the real world.
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