“Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.” – Demetri Martin

The dream of every middle-class parent is for their child to finish school and get a decent career in a field that would make them happy of their child.

Boring.

Do you know what a job means to me? Just. Over. Broke.

Think about it, you finish school and you hopefully get a job that pays you $50,000 a year. You have taxes on that, you have to pay for food, your mortgage (if you are smart), and other necessities. How much will you really have after all of that? Not much. You’re BROKE.

Get over this idea that settling for a job is all you need. You think it is selfish to want to be rich? No. It’s selfish to think that you don’t need to be rich. You don’t want to give your family the best that the world could offer? You don’t want to donate to your church or favorite charity?

You have been trained to believe that those who are rich hold their money and never give it away. Not all of them are like this. There are middle-class people and poor people who waste their money. The same amount that they could have donated or invested with. So who is the selfish one?

The biggest scams that the middle-class fall for are home ownership (pumping up the banks) and the schooling system (trillions of dollars spent on education with not even enough jobs available). Go to school if you must, but you better have some side incomes being built. The middle-class is the new poor. I hope you notice that. Banks and news will never tell you that. Why? They want you to keep spending your money on things that help banks more than they help you.

Don’t let middle-class people tell you how to live life. They aren’t living, they are surviving. Reality check: If your parents HAVE to go to work every day to keep the roof over your head, they’re surviving. Learn how to not create a pattern with that. 20 years from now, that $50,000-$100,000 will be the new $20,000. Don’t depend on a salary, depend on yourself. Put in the work and get things done. No excuses. If your parents can move from a foreign country with nothing and raise you well, you better be damn sure that you take it to the next level. Push for millions. Don’t let “millions” scare you. If it does scare you. let the fear motivate you. 

You should want to be with your kids more than you are at work. Do not get confused with what you see on tv. Many millionaires have more time to see their kids than the average working adult. Many millionaires have more time to sleep than the average working adult. So what do you really value in your life? Working for peanuts or working for the whole damn piece of land with peanuts growing for you?

I am not saying that you should not start out with a job. You need to start somewhere. Just don’t put yourself in a box. Be limitless. 

Don’t look for balance, look for LIFE.

Until next time,

Live Long and Prosperous.

J.M.

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