Blog 1059 – 07.20.2018
Go For It?
If you have a dream everyone you read seems to agree with sentiments that in so many words say “Go for it!” But ole slightly skewed view Dave says, “ Don’t you do it. Instead visualize it, intend, and watch it come to you.” The, what I call, Protestant Work Ethic is just a propaganda device to get more work for less pay that the haves dreamed up several centuries ago to keep the have nots working their hineys off trying to get ahead. But the sad truth is that all that hard work in the vast majority of the cases is just like in Tennessee Ernie Ford’s nineteen-fifties song “Sixteen Ton”:
I quote a few lines for you from memory:
“You load sixteen ton and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store.”
Because since briefly after World One, the roaring twenties, and shortly after World War Two, the low interest fifties in the U.S. the upper middle class, mostly white folks, had a resurgence of buying power, a myth was revived that this country really is a land of opportunity for all. It helps to keep the wage slaves noses to the grind stone and is great for increasing “Productivity.” I heard on Public Radio recently that The Chinese workers were never going to have parity with U.S. workers till their productivity was increased way above it’s currently level of one fifth of what a U.S. workers is. Let’s do the math so U.S. businesses sent jobs overseas for five Chinese to do for less than they were paying one U.S. worker. Enough less that even paying all those shipping charges it still made it profitable enough for them to shut down factories here and build new factories there. And somehow we are told to blame Chinese companies and workers for this huge trade imbalance. It is the old bait and switch. The quickest way to find the truth in most instances is to follow the money. It has not left it is still in the hands of the few rich folks who Depression, Recession or no, trade imbalance or no, are always rolling in the dough. And it is not the hard working men or women’s hands, I can assure you of that.
Working hard will never make a worker rich, only the person he is working for. And if he or she is working for themselves it does not take them long to realize that growing real wealth is easier if you have several other people working hard to make you rich. The less you do, and the more you let others do for you, the quicker you will not even have to run the business but can afford to hire someone better qualified than even you to do that for you too.
I realize that my business model is not the one taught at Harvard Business School or one touted on one of the Grow Your Wealth By Investing TV or radio shows. That is a blog for another day. Let me just say at this juncture that the banking, insurance, and investment businesses, and most others, including Wall Street are like a big casino, you put your money in because you are promised a big payoff but “The House is the only one who truly wins in the end.”
Just look at all the sad faces leaving all those places and the millions spent in advertising perpetuating the myth. Go for it? I think not. It is way more profitable to meditate, and invest your time and thought in determining what you really want. And when you do focus on that till it comes to you or draws you to it. Or as my friend, Mike Dooley says, “Thoughts become things. Pick the good ones.”
You friend and fellow traveler,