America – Land of opportunity

If you live in the United States of America, you live in the most affluent, most free, most powerful, most diverse society that has ever graced the face of this great planet. Even with this recessed economy, there are more opportunities than have ever been seen in recorded history. This is the “land of the free”, “home of the brave” be who you want to be, do what you want to do. The last two hundred years have produced more prosperity, more self worth, more freedom, for every culture found in the borders of this great country. America has lead the way in every major development in the past two hundred years. America has done more to relieve the pressures of poverty, malnutrition, starvation….ect. ect. ect.
Are we a perfect country? No. Are there things that could be changed? Yes. But overall this is the best time and place to live in all of recorded history.
If you don’t like your situation, whatever it is, (short of physical limitations, illnesses, ect.) you have the freedom to change your situation. Do you realize that for most of human history that simple freedom to change ones situation has not been available to the “common” man or woman. You have at this moment, more freedom, more opportunity, than 99% of all humans who walked this planet before you? And yet most people who are unemployed want someone to “give them a job”. Ive had a number of people come in to my shop and ask, basically, if they could have a job. I don’t have a job to give anyone, but if someone would do their research and figure out what my business needs, and comes to me with the attitude of, here’s what I can do to help your business succeed, I could probably figure out how to get them something to do. I don’t have the money just to hire someone without the knowledge that that person will produce more money than the take. If you are employed by someone, that person is your customer, your job is to help your customer achieve his goals and by doing so you will be paid for you work.
For most of history if you were born without money, you died without money. Did you know the guy who marketed the “Billy Bob Teeth” (you know those fake teeth worn at Halloween) is worth about $50 MILLION, when else in history would that be possible? He was not born with boat loads of cash, but through hard work, free enterprise, and the freedom this great country allowed him, he has built himself what most of us would call a fortune. (BTW: this is not an isolated example, you can find people in every town in this country who have the traditional rags to riches story and again this is unprecedented in human history) Now not everyone is going to gain that level of monetary success, but everyone has the opportunity to try, and that’s the beauty of this country. (And as I get older, I see more and more of those freedoms that make this county great, slowly slipping away. We through our lethargy are allowing others to tell us more and more how we should live.)
Point being without getting into a religious debate, humanly speaking YOU control your own destiny, YOU decide how you are going to live. I get very tired of people constantly complaining about how everyone else is lucky, and they always get the shaft. I’ve got news for you, seems like the harder I work the luckier I get. If you can’t get someone to give you a job, then make one for yourself, figure out what you like to do, and then figure out how you can get paid to do it. Will it be easy? NO. But life is not easy. Will it be fair? NO. Will you see others working less and making more? YES. But again life is not fair, in this regard. But in this country everyone is given the same freedoms, you can be who you want to be, and do what you want to do, You just have to do it. Like my martial arts teachers used to say “Just Do It” (he said it before Nike).

Just some things going on in my head recently.

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