Sun 6 Sep 2015
On this Labor Day weekend I had hoped to write something a bit more optimistic but the truth is that holidays are usually a time for me to reflect on what has been happening with close friends and family. As I do this on Labor Day weekend I come to the inescapable conclusion that the rich get richer and the poor are getting poorer.
Case in point, I’m doing just great financially. In January I will have a tranche of stock options that I’ll be able to cash out. It’s not a giant sum of money (around $30k) but it’s 30k that I honestly don’t need but will have coming my way anyway. Add to that another $30 to $50k in bonuses right after that stock tranche and you’ll quickly add up 60k to 80k of income coming to me that I honestly don’t have any use for at the moment. Sure I’ll bank it and save it for the kids college fund or maybe buy a new car that I really don’t need. I’ve also considered upgrading my TVs from 1080p to 4k but what’s the point, I’ll have to then upgrade them to 8k or whatever the new standard will be in a few years anyway and everything works fine now anyway.
On the flip slide, I have quite a few family members that are now having more financial difficulty than ever before. A few of my family and friends have now resorted to becoming Uber drivers to supplement income. It seems every time I see someone I haven’t seen for a while their new “thing” seems to be driving for Uber as a driver. So many people tell me they are doing it that I seriously considered doing it but not for the money but because I am so bored.
I haven’t been blogging because this dichotomy of riches and poverty is really making me depressed. I know what you’re thinking…”why don’t you just GIVE that money to those poor friends and family?”
Well the answer to that is quite easy, these people are poor because, in my view, they CHOOSE to be this way. These are all people that have a horrible work / career advancement ethic. Study? Go back to college? Earn a certification? Nah…why do that when you can go out drinking with your buddies in the evening or go watch that <insert baseball/football/basketball/soccer> game in the evening while you drink?
The people I see getting richer are the ones that do just what I suggest, continue to learn, re-education, advance, network, and grab the endless mountain of money out there to be earned. The truth is that at work I’ve had a very difficult time finding qualified people to do the work that needs to be done. We have too many “one trick ponies” coming in with a single or very limited skill set unable to meet the leadership and management demands of the modern business world. Worse yet are the young kids that just want to text and click on Facebook all freaking day long…. oh well enjoy your poverty…in the meantime I’m planning trips to Thailand, Chile, Costa Rica, and Europe over the next 12 months so I won’t be too bored for too long….