There is an interesting phenomenon that happens in American pop culture, and I’m sure in other parts of the world. But – many people probably don’t even realize it.
Could it be possible that you’re actually being taught to be mediocre? To be average?
Think about it.
Think about the TV shows you watch. Think about sitcoms. How do they portray people?
I find that typically the average blue collar families on TV are joyful and happy, while their rich in-laws are stern, serious, and often miserable. Who wants to be that way? Not me.
Society refers to wealthy people as “the rich” – as if they are a different species and separate from everyone else. An unattainable label for the ‘average’ person.
Money, in this country, is often vilified. If you appreciate material things you are often labeled as ‘shallow’ regardless of what your personality is truly like.
In school, you are expected to sit quietly, listen to your teacher, and wait for your turn to speak.
Gradually, as we pay attention, we actually start to want wealth and success less. If your friends or family dislike the rich, why would you want to be one of them?
You are taught what you need to know for a standardized test. This, creates standardized people who participate in standardized thinking.
Then, you are taught to get a job and know your place.
Is this the life you want to live? Is this the destiny you want to create for yourself? Do you want your innate dreams and creativity to be stifled by the beige-suit wearing drones in their beige Toyota Camrys who go home to their beige house and live their beige life?
You have to succeed because it shows that you will not stand in line to be lead one by one. You will not sacrifice your identity for a paycheck. You will not accept the future being handed to you by dealers who have no intention of letting you win the hand.
You have to succeed because it shows others that they can, too. You have to break the mold – but not just crack it a little bit. You have to demolish the mold because it shows we will not be silenced. If we want to succeed, then dammit, we’re going to succeed.
And most of all, you have to succeed because you can.
It’s an insult to yourself to settle for anything less.
There are more opportunities to make money today than ever before. What are you going to do with them?
Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn