How Can YOU Save the US Economy – The Secret to Success of the American Dream
October 16, 2008
Where will you be when recession is defeated? Will you be wallowing in the latest gloomy headlines or will you be the one leading the United States boldly into the future?
I’ll be honest. I have a job, a home, healthcare, and food on the table so I have the luxury of a full belly, financial resources, my health, and a good dose of optimism. I can’t speak for those that have lost their homes, their jobs, and can’t afford groceries or gas. I can’t relate to what they’re going through, all I can do is to share what I have observed.
I am fortunate enough to be employed and have a roof over my head for only one reason, my parents. My mom and dad taught me the principles that allow me to provide for my family:
- work hard
- read a lot
- always be learning
- plan ahead
- spend less than you earn
- be courteous
Thanks Grandma & Grandpa
I am not the only one who has my forefathers to thank for my success. Our generation is living off the success of our ancestors; milking previous generations of Americans who worked hard and saved to build a better future for their kids. Our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents built a strong country, an America that they were proud of and that they could leave to their children and grandchildren.
The American Dream
You hear Barack Obama and John McCain refer to the American dream; this ideal is something our country has worked towards for generations. This dream is not a right, it is a privilege that was built and earned by dedicated, hard-working, creative, ambitious, honest, and sensible people.
If we want to know how to fix the American economy we need to stop squandering their legacy and ask them their secret to success…
They built this country on innovation and hard work. Courage, sacrifice, and faith kept them on course, let them know they were part of something bigger than themselves – gave them a reason to shed a tear when they heard the national anthem or tones of America the Beautiful.
The people of the United States are good at inventing new things and improving existing ones. Known as the melting pot we excelled at bringing together people from all over the world, at harnessing their collective energy and talents towards positive results.
Fat, Lazy, and Xenophobic
Unfortunately, we have become lazy and complacent. We feel entitled to the American dream. We assume our standard of living will continue to improve indefinitely. We borrowed above our means, assumed an eternal supply of cheap oil, and ignored the rest of the world.
Now we’re broke, pissed off, and looking for a scapegoat. I am sorry to say it, but look in the mirror. Not necessarily each and every one of us individually but US society as a whole is to blame.
So what are we going to do?
I hate to break it to you but it doesn’t matter who wins in November, the problems will be the same and the politicians won’t be able to fix them… Think about it for a minute. It’s just one guy; he can’t possibly change the world on his own, even if he is the president of the United States.
So how are we going to fix it?
Not by arguing about raising or lowering taxes. Instead figure out how to create something that makes you and everyone around you so much money it doesn’t matter how much you’re taxed. (Of course taxes always matter but you get the point)
Stop worrying about sending jobs overseas. We live in a global economy; the reality is we’re competing with workers all over the world. The answer is to educate ourselves, to innovate, to leverage the might of the global economy rather than resist it.
Stop arguing about oil prices and where to drill. Whoever discovers the answer to the global energy shortage is going to be insanely rich. You don’t have to be the brilliant scientist who comes up with a solution. You could be the guy who figures out how to ridiculously reduce and reuse waste. You could be the girl who invents the mobile trip planner that saves everyone huge amounts of gas.
It’s Up to YOU
The point is, it’s up to us to work hard, be creative, and be sensible with our money. We live in a connected world, social media and mobile messaging leave hundreds or thousands of people only a few finger clicks away. The ability of ideas (wikis, twitter, youtube, text messaging) and money (Lending Club, Prosper, Kiva) to flow is easier than ever before. Take advantage of those ideas and that money. Work hard to innovate and not only will you be rewarded but so will our country and the continuation of the American dream for our kids.
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