Star and flag. Total truth.
Poverty is a lot more complicated than people seem to realize. Going to college and working hard doesn't mean you will get anywhere. It's all about
knowing the right people, having the right networks, ect.
Very true! However, I want to elaborate on some things you have said. Going to college is not necessary to get somewhere. It helps in a lot of
fields and may be required for some, but there are a lot of good blue-collar jobs that pay more than many white collar jobs (plumber, electrician,
etc.). The key is, you can't just lay there and expect some miracle to pick you up and give a life with money. If you screwed around in school and
can't spell or do basic math, you NEED to fix that. You cannot sit there without the skills needed by the higher paying jobs and blame the world if
you have not done what it takes to make yourself skilled. Hard work IS a must if you want to get somewhere and aren't born into it and sometimes
that work is on yourself.
There are several things that can be done for free that will help improve one's chances for getting ahead. Some may disagree, but there are unwritten
rules for things as simple as haircuts that can significantly lower you chances of having a good job if you choose no to follow them.
Here is my short list. Like it or not, these things will affect your chances and are choices, not big corporate america keeping you down.
1. Can't read/do math/didn't pay attention in school. Fix it. Anyone can learn anything on their own. A single misspelling in a resume can get it
2. Learn a trade or tradeable skill. All kinds of trades out there only require the will to learn and steady hands. Others may require learning to
use Microsoft office instead of just Facebook
. The point is, you may have to work for it, but there are always new skills to be had. Even if you
are currently just a receptionist or lower-tier employee, if you show you have the skills to do more and take the initiative to do more, you will find
3. Don't smoke. It's your choice, but the minute you smell up the office during your interview, it can be over. You are stacking the deck against
4. Piercings, weird hair, "cool " clothes/hats/shoes. Again, it is your choice, but the person who shows up wearing neat clothes, no crap stuck in
their face, etc. will generally pass you by in any higher paying career. If you just have to have that neck tattoo, remember it is a choice that
helps keep you in the "lower" class. Nothing is absolute, it just stacks the deck.
5. If you have money for coffee/data plan/tattoos/cable tv/xbox/new rims/quad/guns/cigs/beer/the movies (you get the point), then you HAVE money for
rent, car insurance, good food, clothes for your kid, maybe money for college. If you smoke and can't afford clothes for your kid, you are just a bad
parent who chooses some crap over their kid. Lots of people spend $100/mo or more on cigarettes or booze. You can't claim poor when you would have
had $1200 in your hands at Christmas.
Those are just a few things that can stack the deck against you. I know lots of people will say "I should be able to wear what I want and do what I
want". You are right, you can. It is is a choice. Just can't claim that there is no way to get ahead unless you work hard to get the obstacles out
of your way first. There are no guarantees, and some people just have hard lives, but you can't just fall down and lay there without trying to get
I sincerely hope nobody felt like I was ranting about poor people. I have worked my way from nothing to a college degree/respectable income and
career, so I know the process and I know what decisions I made that hurt and helped. I think some people just get stuck and lose the will to unstack
the deck or even try, but that is still a choice.
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