Wisconsin is the hot bed for angry people lately and the Occupy movement has moved that anger nationwide. I know that the recession has caused havoc for many people and it is easy to throw blame. I think some people who were affected by the latest financial and economic crisis lived on the other side for a very long time.
By other side, I mean that some of the people never lost a job and were never self-employed or entrepreneurs so they had no concept of what it is like to not have everything they wanted. Moreso, they were unprepared for the hard times that could make everything worse.
Do they want a world with no incentive to succeed?
But my question is what do they really want? I talked about my stance about a question of what is right yesterday. I stand firmly that everyone, corporations, small businesses, and people in general must act in integrity and honesty but I find it hard to believe that every business that has an occupy movement encamped by it had a goal of cheating people. I know some did, I don’t doubt that, I just don’t think it is as universal as you would think from the news.
Do we want a country of entitlement?
I also don’t think that I want a country of entitlement. Let me explain. I have gone without health insurance for the past 6 years after self paying for the prior almost 20 years. In 2005, when our family premiums hit $500 a month with a $5,000 deductible per person, I dropped the policy. We have had some expenses and even a surgery for my husband but we managed to set up payment plans and handle the expenses ourselves. I am getting a policy for me now because at 55 being the major income source, I think it is important to our family but it is catastrophic only.
I have made missteps with our finances and even with the job choice I made but I never gave up or declared bankruptcy. I negotiated, worked harder, looked for resources, and started spending smarter.
In the midst of the recession, I chose to drop my stable contracts with non-profits to go it alone as a solo entrepreneur. I guess it never occurred to me that I could fail. I didn’t do it without expert help which made a huge difference but nonetheless my timing could have been better.
I still have not come close to all my goals. My kitchen was in bad shape when we moved in the house in 1992 but it has been pushed to last on the list. In November 2009, I ripped out the old floor because it was such bad linoleum that I couldn’t live with it. Since then the subfloor has been our floor because I keep thinking the full remodel can be funded soon but the roof leaked and so that came first.
Yes, I have a roof over my head and I have many blessings but I think that sometimes people fail to realize that if they work as hard at solving their financial and employment problems and stretch harder, they can succeed.
I think we all have a responsibility to help others. I tithe on the basis of my income to my church. I also look for opportunities to help out. I don’t see that as the government’s job either. Christian or non-Christian, if all of us help someone else, I think we can solve many people’s problems.
What if you don’t have a job?
I have been in the career industry since 1983 and I have never seen such an extensive resource for finding out how to best find a job or change your career. My colleagues blog, there are so many free resources out there from blogs to websites to job resources like LinkedIn. You can access all of this at public libraries and some of those libraries have beefed up the job search resources and put more computers available.
If you want to make an investment and shorten your job search, you can find hundreds, maybe thousands of professionals like me, ready and able to help you do just that.
I also think that there have never been more resources and opportunities for individuals to be the CEO of me. Do you have a great idea you have been sitting on for years, maybe it is time to dust it off and launch it.
Build your own empire
Then you can get out there and build your own empire and create your own opportunities. Life has not been a bowl of cherries for me even in the best economies when many people in the occupy movement were thriving. But I welcome a challenge. I don’t want anyone telling me to stop trying. Maybe I am a little angry too… but it makes me work harder, it makes me think carefully about how I spend the income I do have, not just blame someone else.
I will probably never be a millionaire or billionaire but I want to be able to set my goals as high as I want. Don’t limit me and don’t entitle me.
You may not agree with me. You may think entitlements and government regulations and programs for everything in your life makes more sense. I think I would rather do it myself!