I had an interesting conversation with someone the other day. This guy told me that no matter how hard he tried he felt as though he was going nowhere. He felt he worked really hard but recently got laid off from his job. He had been laid off from other jobs as well (and according to him it was not his fault but rather the conditions of the company). He felt as though the cards were stacked against him and life wasn’t fair. I told him that there was a very good possibility that he was “right.” When you think about it, most of us work hard to make money, but unless you are self employed the money you make usually comes from “other” sources. That means that “other people” (or other agencies) already have the money, and they are the ones responsible for dishing it out to those who “supposedly earn it.” They probably get their money from other sources as well. This leads me to believe that “someone at the front of this equation” has to have “all the money.” The biggest problem with this is that no matter how hard you work for the agency you are employed under, the amount of money you will make can NOT exceed that of your employer. In other words, if you are getting paid by someone then the limit on the amount of money you can make depends on the amount of money your employer “has.” That makes sense, right? The BEST most of us can do is work hard to make sure our “bosses” get richer (and then “hope” that they break us off with some of the profits they make). That tells me that the system that many of us are in is “designed” to only allow you to get so far. We have been taught and trained to believe that if you “follow the system” then your chances for greater achievement are much higher, but is that really true? A LOT of people have graduated from college, and yet studies have shown that only 27 percent of college grads actually have “jobs related to their majors.” What about all that money that was spent? It went into “the system.” It is quite possible that “everything” you encounter each day is designed to control you. When the news station tells you that you are about to get 10 inches of snow you usually prepare for it by rushing to the stores to stock up. However, how many times has the weatherman been wrong? Who determines the programs you watch on television? Who determines the playlist of songs you hear on the radio? Whenever you “see or hear” a commercial it is usually an attempt to “increase your desire to buy a product or service.” Media is very powerful because many of us get our information from it. However, how can we be sure of it’s validity? What if we actually are being “misled?” Just about everything is part of “the system.” When you work “within the system” you are governed by “the rules of that system.” When your opportunity depends on people other than yourself then you are in a position where you are “not” in control. This weekend I invite you to “doubt EVERYTHING” you see and hear on TV and radio (and newspapers). Only give credit to what “you yourself can verify to be true.” Anyone can tell you that 1 plus 1 equals 2, but how many can actually prove it? When your opportunity for success depends strictly on you, then you own the rules and you are in control. I hope you remember that when you are trying to become rich while “working for someone else.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brother Bill Jolly, Bon Jovi and Brett Jolly