What a country we have. America produces an unbelievable opportunity for all that are willing to work hard, educate themselves, and pursue their dreams. Amazing how the media has trained everyone to be a victim through this recession/downturn. Victim of poverty. Victim of racism. Victim of circumstances. Victim of a bad loan, the terms of which I never bothered to read? Victim. Victim. Victim.
Above is a picture of the home I grew up in.
I was raised in a blue collar life and received a great high school education while I bailed hay all summer long for money, worked at McDonald's, and started pulling weeds for $1.50 an hour at 14 years old to save up for a car I eventually bought 2 years later for $500 bucks. Summers were hard WORK for me. Work used to mean opportunity to earn a few bucks. College? We never spoke of that. My father had a tenth grade education with 11 brothers and sisters and was working full time by 16. I was born when he was 18 years old and my parents we're separated by the time I was 5 years old and again at 10 years old. They divorced shortly after. Look how happy my mother looked and my dad was nearly cut out of the picture. Foretelling of the future?
As a child I never felt like I was disadvantaged or, a victim of unfairness because I had to work for everything I ever got. Or even that my mother was manically depressed most of the time. Afterall, I was ALIVE and what more could I ask for? It seemed to me that the world was my oyster. As a country and as a people we have got to stop all this " stinkin' thinkin' ". Perhaps we should get back to work and chase a dreamfor change. I did and 15 years after the above photo was taken I purchased my first rental property and obtained my real estate license at the ripe old age of 20 years old.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. -John C. Maxwell
I love America. I am not a victim nor do I feel like one or want to feel like one. I'd like to think that I am an example of what you can do in America with a heavy dose of ambition, a little passion, and some help from your friends & family. Get back to living America. Turn off the news for a few nights and reclaim your sanity. Afterall, just look how far we've come together.