Over the years, I’ve been known to throw out my appeal for thinking straight — for being the person who doesn’t sit back, ponder about life, and produce little of substance.
Heh, way back in 2008… I remember talking about how “talk” (in the form of the Washington-infused word HOPE) means nothing when it comes to increasing your monetary value.
Sure, it’s all well and good to FEEL like things can, and will, work out in your life, because… well… the BIG boys and girls in big places “have your back.”
But it’s still the equivalent of waiting around for some forgotten rich relative to bestow an inheritance on your lap.
Instead of picking up the latest issue of Entrepreneur magazine (even our own M4 Insider) — looking for inspiring ideas that can spark something unique in their own mind — the majority of North Americans would rather sit for extended hours in front of the Electronic Income reducer.
And, over the last eight years, I’ve had several conversations with subscribers, customers, and even some distant family members who use the T.V. to see “what new plans Mr. Obama has in store for us.”
As in, can you say “poor-me-itis”?!
Yup, the foundation behind this take-care-of-me mindset stems from several key things.
And, I’m sure I could go on a soap box about it, if I was in the mood. But I’m not… because I’m not going to give any more energy (than I already have) to the absurd thinking out there that “I’m a victim of the economy.”
Or, the perverted idea that there needs to be a savior in D.C. looking to set all excessive wrongs right, giving equality and balance to the world.
Sorta makes me nauseous just typing that.
But, what I will highlight and give some passion to is this:
If you’re a business man or woman; or, if you’re in a revenue-generating role in any business (even if you aren’t directly responsible for its growth and longevity); ask yourself this rhetorical question:
“Do I really think that my success, as extremely far-reaching and wildly massive as it can be, will keep others from having it too?”
Well, as crazy as that question is, it’s worth noting that a grand percentage of Americans believe that your personal desire for wealth (er, “greed” in their little heads) is great and all… but ONLY as… long as they get some of it!
Yup, back in 2010, they actually believed we were in a deleveraging period (i.e. the slowdown in economic activity) because the super-wealthy, or bankers, or crazy Wall-Streeters, got us there.
And Obama was gonna make it right, wasn’t he?
Well, come on now… he promised! ;)
On the 2008 campaign trail…
Plumber to Obama: “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more. Isn’t it?”
Obama: “It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
So, here’s my idea for you:
Tell the next person you hear wondering about the next new entitlement program they can get their hands on to GET THEIR ASS off the couch.
Now, don’t get me wrong here.
Even if some victim’s are “delusional” (as Richard Mach recently pointed out), they still can be self-reliant.
There’s another entire post to be said about “self-reliance” (read: accountability, awareness growth, etc); yet, for now, I do wonder if America will ever again appreciate, adore, and vote for outside-the-box creativity, extreme hard work, radical ingenuity, and personal responsibility.
Holding my breath…
November 8th, here we come!