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.
Life is not that black and white.
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
50% of people have IQ less than 100 out of whom 34.1% are between 85 and 100, while 1 in 7 has an IQ between 70 and 85. Of course, many would say IQ
does not matter, although up to certain point it does. To become a specialist in near to anything, one needs to have certain brain "processing"
power or some other incredibly talent (musical, physical etc). A person with an IQ of 75 will possibly never be able to fully comprehend concepts of
higher mathemathics. Their brains are simply too slow for it. They are able to live on their own, although they will probably need assistance from
friends/family/significant other in making their taxes, bills etc. Getting to the top in near to anything will be near to impossible due to the very
slow learning speed. It impossible to compete against people, who are able to think and pick up things really fast. In 6 hours, a high-IQ person might
learn a thing, which for a low-IQ person might take a year, if they are ever able to grasp the concepts. I will not even go to decision-making
processes. Bad decisions are very common among such people, if they are doing these on their own. Reaching even low-level management is near to
impossible. A leader, even for a small group, needs to able to think fast, make smart decisions based on current data etc.
Also health-issues have to be considered in. Many very common diseases lead to exhaustedness as well as having really tough time taking initiative in
anything or even concentrating on anything. Thyroid problems, adrenal gland issues, many physical disorders etc. Without being on medications, which
can be very expensive, living like that can lead to lots of issues, especially job-wise and affect thinking process, which can lead to not recognising
the problem. Expecting a person with an ADHD to focus the whole day on some process is not realistic.
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 more opportunities.
Again the previous answer, there other things that matter also. Not everybody is given the talent to learn even Office-like program. Also time has to
be considered. Many low-tier jobs require putting in overtime or getting a second job in order to get by, due to no living wage existing. When the
workweeks are 50 or even more hours long, a person is probably very tired in the weekend, which leads to not having enough energy to anything but rest
during the weekends.
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
Having a dead end job, other issues in life lead to an overwhelming stress, which not people are able to deal with. For some it leads to severe
depression, some find some way to deal with it. One thing that many might do is starting smoking. Smoking creates an illusion of stress relief... How
one is able to deal with stress is largely dependent on previous experiences as well as their physical condition, hormonal levels. For example,
cortisole, the stress hormone is the hormone which helps bodies dealing with extra stress. I can state it that every high-level employee has naturally
good stress tolerance.
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.
That is something I can not personally argue with, although there are many psychological factors as well, which explains one´s choice of clothing.
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.
People with lower intelligence are more likely to do worse decisions and not understand the concept of compund effect. Small costs add up a lot in the
long run... Although of course, many are just too comfy to make any changes in their lives.
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 back up.
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.
I am glad for you. Although I would say, you should be happy that you have blessed with certain talents. If you had an IQ of 80 as well as some
psychological disorder/physicial condition, I highly doubt you would have made it.Most people, who have become successful, take such things as
granted. They believe it is only themselves who got to the top, that everybody has the same opportunities is simply naive. There are too many outside
factors, which are able to influence people´s lives a lot without themselves even knowing it, especially genetical preconditions.
Here´s what Boris Johnson, mayor of London said about highly successful people he knows:
(1) They tend to be well above average, if not outstanding, in their powers of mathematical, scientific or at least logical reasoning. (2) They
have a great deal of energy, confidence, risk-taking instinct and a desire to make money. (3) They have had the good fortune – by luck or birth –
to be able to exploit these talents.
Nearly every single one of these points is vastly determined by outside factors. 1) Genetic talent, as well as working on it. 2) Hormonal levels, as
well as psychological factors affect these incredibly. 3) Just luck.
Everyone has been set certain potential with their genetical background. It is hard to admit, although for certain people the absolut top is set to
below-average. Hard work can only realise the potential, although how high you can fly, is set by the nature.
A nice quote from Marcus Aurelius:
The man having the largest intelligence ought to be
very generous to the other. Being thankful that he has been blessed in so
many ways, he should do all in his power to enlighten his less favored
fellow, rather than be angry with him on account of his misfortune. Is he
not sufficiently punished in being denied the light?