Friday, March 6, 2009
"The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions." William F. Scolavino.
I find it amazing how many under achievers there are in our society. Somehow we have brought up a generation of people who have an entitlement complex and think that everything must be handed to them on a silver platter with no effort whatsoever on their own parts. These are the types of people who are going to be feeling the "recession" the most. They are not resourceful enough to fend for themselves.
That resourcefulness is something that my generation and those before me had to establish. There was no room for any form of co dependence when it came to survival issues. We grew up, we got a job or began a career as an entrepreneur, and we started building a life. We were convinced that we needed to not just be good people, but also be good for something, so we did what was necessary to survive and contribute to the world around us. We still do.
Building a life is like building a tower. There has to be a strong foundation, otherwise the whole thing will collapse. We need to help the young ones who are clueless to establish a stronger foundation. How that unfolds will completely depend upon the circumstances and the individuals involved. But for now, I encourage everyone to stop handing it over on a silver spoon. It does not do us or them any good. There is nothing wrong in working for what you get. There is no shame in flipping burgers for a living. It is honourable to do so. In a past life I was made fun of by a rich kid for being the one who did his laundry. I told him that if it weren't for me he would look like a filthy scumbag. I lost my head. The point, however, was made. Be strong and don't back down.