Don’t Wish It Were Easier, Wish You Were Better

Posted by Jim Egan on February 28, 2016 . 0 Comments

In the conclusion section of The High School Graduates Owner’s Manual, I reference a quote from Jim Rohn which stated: “Formal Education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune”.  The point was, as a young person, you have limitless opportunities that await you.  Do all that you can to educate yourself in order to learn how best to take advantage of them.


Jim Rohn was a common sense philosopher, motivator and thought leader in the second half of the 20th century, whose books and speeches would benefit anyone who took the time to read what he had to say.  The concept behind the above quote in particular is one that needs to be understood today, especially as the young people on our college campuses ‘Feel the Bern’, and seem to be willing to trade the American Dream for a Utopian fantasy where the government is the source providing for all needs, wants and sustenance.

In regard to what is being advocated by the likes of Bernie Sanders and the proponents of the Grievance Industry, the best advice I can give you is: Don’t fall for it!  The class warfare message that the rich are evil, the economy is rigged, etc. is designed to take advantage of what you don’t know, and build on that to get you to become part of the ‘victim' movement that is sweeping the country.  The more dependent you feel you are on government, the more likely you are to vote for candidates that promise to give you freebies, which they have no way on earth to pay for.

Bernie Sanders is a Socialist.  Socialism may look good on paper and in theory, but has never worked on a large scale anywhere, ever.  Think about it for a second.  If all of a sudden you are going to get ‘FREE’ College tuition, ‘FREE’ Healthcare, and maybe a ‘FREE’ pony thrown in for good measure, who is going to pay for it?  Oh, that’s right, the Evil Rich.  The math does not add up, and for young people to trade the optimism of youth for the pessimism and hopelessness of becoming dependent on the government at a time when their minds should be filled with the dreams of future accomplishments is very misguided, and harmful.  

True, today's young people face economic challenges.  Most specifically, college dept and an anemic, low wage job market that puts them at a disadvantage as soon as they leave college if they come out without marketable skills.  Every generation before you also faced challenges, none more than those who came of age in the 20's, 30's and 40's.  However, with the challenges you face today, relying on unrealistic promises from a politician with no experience in doing anything he claims he will be able to do is not the answer.

The top 20% of taxpayers pay 84% of all Federal Income taxes according to an April 2015 Wall Street Journal article.  How much more should they pay?  When taxes on the 'earning and productive' class go up, production and earnings go down.  There are also no examples anywhere that show a working class brought itself up by destroying the upper class, or job creators and investors.  The end result of this type of activity is usually anarchy and chaos.  The time spent trying to bring anything down takes away from the time you could spend focusing on what can propel you ahead. 

Rather than complain and protest against the rich and successful, why not study them, learn what they did to raise themselves up, and then try and duplicate it.  As much as the leaders of the Grievance Industry (both white & black) preach and rally against the ‘man’, or the success class, do they actually do any good for anyone or enrich anyone other than themselves?  Not that I’m aware of.   

Margaret Thatcher once said "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”.  The leaders of all the groups that demand that someone else fund their lifestyle are pandering to the mostly politically brainwashed followers that are led to believe that successful people are evil, and that they can raise themselves up by bringing successful  people down.

A better approach is to follow the advice given by every flight crew when they give the pre-flight instructions.  In the unlikely event of cabin de-pressurization, put on your own oxygen mask first before helping anyone else with theirs.  Translated to this scenario, you can’t help anyone else until you help yourself.  

In most cases, spending time trying to force change when the argument you are basing your activity on is not well thought out does not do anything to help you personally, or any one else.  If you want to help other people and right wrongs that you feel are out there, work hard to be successful first, accumulate some assets, and then if you still feel the same way, put your money where your mouth is. You'll have much more credibility as opposed to being a broke college kid screaming that life is unfair.

So what should you do?  Change your thinking to seek what is possible, and find ways to advance yourself without relying on someone or something else to do it for you.  Warren Buffet recently stated that based on the many technological advances and breakthroughs that are occurring today on a regular basis, there has never been a better time to come into this world, especially as an American.  There is no limit of opportunity for a young person today, but you have to start somewhere.  It may require getting out of your comfort zone and doing something that you didn’t see yourself doing when you began your college journey. 

If your major did not provide you with the skills that can get you a decent paying job, get trained in a field that will.  You can be trained in many fields in a matter of months, or even on the job.  Do this, and you will be much more likely to be on the way to an economically successful life.  The more you depend on yourself, the higher quality of life you will experience.

Your worst day here is still better than the best day for many people in other parts of the world.  Start working on getting better.  The journey is great, and the destination, awesome.


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