So here’s something that I’ve been thinking of for a while now. The gap between the rich and the poor. And no, this is not a 1% post. I’ve been looking at it, and thinking about it, and writing blog posts about it, and it finally hit me…we have a very distorted view of what it takes to gain monetary wealth in this country, and indeed the world.
Now, we have a saying that if you work hard and persevere you will eventually be rewarded for your efforts. It just so happens that saying is complete bollocks. It doesn’t work like that. You don’t get wealthy by working hard, and I defy anyone to find a story where someone became a millionare solely by busting their ass every day. It just doesn’t happen.
You become wealthy one of two ways: Busting your ass everyday and then having the good fortune to luck into wealth–lottery winners and the like–or by persevering and working SMART–the route most business owners, and 1%ers actually took.
Now the more I think about this, the more I think about the education system in our country, and how shitty it is. By focusing our attention on things like physical activities, and sports clubs, and not encouraging our children to pursue activities like debate, and math and science clubs, we are doing not only a disservice to them, but to our country as a whole. As the education levels drops, the quality of life in the entire world lowers.
If you truly want to see the gap between the rich and poor shorten, we need to improve the educational system in our country, and encourage our youth to use their minds in creative ways. Think hard, think smart, think always. Be creative, tackle ideas and problems in ways that you may have never considered before.
I’ve been saying for years that you don’t get rich by working hard, you get rich by working smart, and the more I think about it the more I know I’m right. How many people in your life do you know that have worked their asses off and have no money to show for it?
Yea. Me too.