I have been listening to reports of poverty and success for various groups. From what I have read the issue seems to be fairness and inequality issues. I guess the theory is that many are born into their fate and are stuck there. I don’t have the facts but do believe there may be some truth to the arguments of how people are raised by their parents.
With that idea in mind I believe one solution is for folks to help out in places where those mentors may be missing. Many don’t have parents like I had who they can turn to for advice on how to build a career and get ahead in life. Some think they are stuck where they are and the “system” holds them back
This problem is why I wrote my book “Connecting Peace, Purpose & Prosperity” and why I am seeking speaking gigs at high schools and colleges in order to share what I learned during my career. I don’t claim to be an example of the top achievers, but I did manage to have a modicum of success in business and learned a lot in the process.
I am seeking opportunities to get involved with young people to share what I have learned about simple success. I’d especially like to get involved in areas where the young folks do not get much chance to hear the things my parents and others taught me about work and the benefits of frugality to name a few.
And, it isn’t just hard work; it is learning skills to be a valued employee, developing relationship skills, building customer/employer service mentality and marketing your skills.
If it is true that some don’t have anyone helping them figure out how to make a living, then those of us who have done it should step up and help. I am not an entitlement kind of guy; I think that is self defeating. Welfare and food stamps will not solve this problem, nor will education as usual. Education doesn’t seem to be solving the problem although there are some great teachers out there.
So rather than sitting around and complaining about entitlement, let’s see how we can help people learn to do better. I really believe that lots of us can help out educators by visiting classes and telling them our story. Especially to those who haven’t heard success stories. Even average ones like mine.
If anyone would like an in-process outline of what I speak on email me and I will send it to you. Maybe you will have more ideas for this!