Originally posted by Anundeniabletruth
The phrase "too many takers, not enough makers."
...Why is it that those of us who do not earn that much are constantly berated and ridiculed as if we're here because we want to be?
...Working for someone else isn't a get rich quick scheme. If you're lucky you will be able to "earn" enough to "survive" on. So why don't you just
start your own business? Then you can "make your own pay."
I didn't quote the entire OP...simply to save space - not because I counted the rest "less important or substantive".
One of the hardest things to do is step out of
the "me against them" mentality...when it's obvious that "them" don't care about "me"...except
for what "them" can get from "me".
I spent most of the years my children were "growing up" in very similar quarters to what you've described.
Always wanting and trying to "break out" of the rut (and - it is a "rut")...but continually falling back in.
I would work the 80 - 120 hour weeks - rain, sleet, heat, flu, etc...where I was paid less than "minimum wage" for my "time", and only made more if
the customers were impressed-enough, grateful-enough, and cash-flush-enough to be gratuituous... It didn't work. Something always arose to remove the
cushion...before the cushion could do us any good.
Through those years, I picked up a few "gems"...that did me no good "when I wanted them to"...but they remained "my gems", until one day, someone (of
the "them") caught the glimmer off one of the gems...and offered me an opportunity in a new field.
At first, they paid me less than I was making before...but in short order, they saw that I out-worked and out-performed all their other employees, and
gave me a chance to do something "significant" (though still paying very modestly).
Eventually, while continuing to earn less than others in comparable positions with other companies in the same field...I gained tons of new
experience/s & became "expert" in certain matters...which paved the way, later, to expand my occupational horizon/s again, and again...
Then, I found the "rut" again...but, because of the confidence gained from getting out the first time...it didn't take as long to climb out, again.
I don't think you'll ever find an employer that cares for you "fairly". They will always "look out for #1" (themselves & their families & friends)
first. You won't find "a business endeavor", where your customer-base cares more for your well-being & success than for their wallets (someone-else
will eventually undercut your rock-bottom price/s). If you are the only one in your area capable of delivering a product or service...someone-else
will show up, one day, looking younger, talking sweeter, and charging less...than you.
I don't even think "the 1% - 2%" you talk of, get away without having to brown their noses...on someone-elses' back-sides.
If you're going to give your family a reason to hope for a better tomorrow - stop teaching them that it's somebody-else's fault.
IT MAY BE...! BUT...are you going to concede the whole game...without a fight?
I would hope that you will teach them...by showing them...that you would rather pit your wits against the whole world, than cry "uncle" before it's
I know - these words are a lot easier stated in an anonymous forum, than lived...
And...I am not trying to be "preachy" ... but - here's to Hope!
edit on 2/24/2013 by WanDash because: apostrophical error