Saturday, May 21, 2016

Successfully Poor


by The Urban Blabbermouth
Once again, I have money on my mind, a side effect of end-of-month bill paying.  I keep wondering why, at this point in my life, I am not rich.  I think back to my schooling as a young man and now I see the lack of proper training.  All my high school and college years did was to train me to be an employee of someone else.

It started with my high school teachers.  They were all about getting me into college.  I suppose that getting me into college made them look good but did nothing to teach me how to get rich.  All my teachers ever said was, “Take these exams, get top grades, then you will go to college and afterwards, a company will like you and will hire you.”  I suppose that my high school teachers can be forgiven as they were employees and were told the same things when they were students.

College was the last step in my education to become an employee.  It did not matter if I learned anything useful in any of my classes.  No professor ever said, “Take this class and you will learn how to double your income every year.”   What the professors did say, ad nauseam (I did learn something after all), was, “Take these exams, get top grades and a degree, then a company will like you and will hire you.”  There was never any training to be rich.  Hmm, it would behoove me to spend a little time thinking about why the rich are always funding college scholarships.

Since my education is lacking, it’s up to me to fix it.  There are lots of people claiming that they can help.  It’s so easy to be rich; at least that’s what I see on infomercials.  I went to one of those real estate seminars where they tell you to buy foreclosed houses and get rich.   At the seminar, the instructors tried to sell me books, DVDs, and more seminars.  The instructors were getting rich by selling me stuff on how to become rich instead of them becoming rich through foreclosed houses.

My friends are of no help either.  They are poor too.  They can only teach me to remain poor.  Never does any of our conversation go, “Wow, I made $50,000 in profits this week” or “Guess what I learned from Shark Tank last night” or “I just got this huge money making idea.”  Instead it’s “Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?”  It's the old saying, “The company you keep...”

In my old age, I don’t want to be working a lot.  I have already spent enough years working as an employee.   So I want a passive money maker, something where I can just sit there and the money rolls in.  Well, scratch that, I don't think anyone is about to appoint me CEO.

Or, I can write a book, “Change your Education and Get RICH!” and I will get rich by selling it to you at my seminar.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

I am better than you


by The Urban Blabbermouth

Here’s a question for you, who is the fastest man in the world today?  Officially, it is Usain Bolt of Jamaica, West Indies. 

Unofficially, it is someone else whom you have never heard of.  Somewhere out there in the world, there is a man who is faster than Usain Bolt.  You don’t know who he is and you never will.  Although faster than Usain Bolt, this unknown man has no interest in running and so will not run the 100 meter dash thus never revealing himself to us.  BTW, go in person to see Usain Bolt run if you can.  You will be amazed at how fast a human being can run.

There may be another person in the world who is better at tennis than Serena Williams but that person has no interest in playing tennis and, in fact, may not like tennis at all.  That same scenario applies to A-Rod in baseball, Tiger Woods in golf, and so on.

Let’s not stop at sports.  Just pick your favorite trait and there will be someone better.  There is always someone funnier, smarter, prettier, or nicer.  There may be someone who is better at mathematics than… who is the greatest mathematician in the world anyway?  There may be someone better than Bill Gates at computers, or President Obama at running the United States of America but those other folks have no interest in taking on the job. 

Isn’t it odd that someone can be the greatest at a sport and have no interest in it or may have come to dislike it.  You would think that if someone is the greatest at something, they would have the natural inclination to pursue it.  Maybe they did and they had a bad experience, such as bullying on the basketball court, that convinced them to go another way.  Maybe their families discourage them with advice like get a job that pays more.  Maybe they never discovered that they were the greatest in the world because they skipped calculus class.  The list of reasons can be long. 

As great as these folks are at one thing, they are busy doing something else.  The curious thing is that they may well end up the worst person at that something else.  That guy who is faster than Usain Bolt, he is busy learning mathematics and will end up the worst mathematics teacher in the world. 

Suppose that one of the unknown great ones discovers the truth about themselves and emerges upon the world.  Well, guess what, there is always someone better.  The very next day, a replacement savant will be born.