How many people do you know have fallen victim to corporate sharecropping in America? Are you one of them?
From the tender age of 16, I have worked a total of 7 jobs in my burgeoning life into adulthood. And though I did not necessarily “like” all of my jobs, I love the values each job showed me. Yeah having a job taught me how to be punctual, always having nice hygiene, you know, the cliche observations that anyone with a low entry level job could understand. But more so it taught me about my self-worth, and in retrospect, what I meant to my company. Constant standing behind a register. Undergoing a series of computer basic training guides to be deemed as a “suitable” employee for a particular company. All of these things were/are literally a company’s plan to make YOU feel like you are that very special person that makes an employer the grand entity that it is. And while we live in a time where it is easy for one to quickly accept any job available in America, the focus of an individual should always be the bigger picture. Ask yourself, is the CEO of your employer working as many hours as you? Are they struggling financially like you? Probably, not. And though it is true many present day CEOs could have inherited their wealth and businesses of their respective companies, there are many present CEOs that too worked a 9 to 5 job before getting to where they are at now. What did that teach them? Well most likely one can conclude it taught them the value of time and self-worth. You see when one recognizes their worth, a different psyche or mentality has to be manifested within that individual. Again to reiterate, I am not degrading 9 to 5 jobs. If it was not for my past working experiences I probably would not have had the knowledge to put an article, such as the one you’re reading, into context. Nevertheless, as a result of working many 9 to 5 jobs, I can honestly say I am 1000% sure I will not work for anyone during my professional career tenure. You see if you recognize your self worth at an early age, you’ll recognize that some people’s best interest is for you to solely fall into their plan. Almost as synonymous as a gold digger who only wants to be with a man with money or a boyfriend who takes advantage of his apprehensive girlfriend, if you are oblivious to the changes that are taking place in present day America, you too will get taken advantaged of in this “corporate system”.
You see, despite having the knowledge of entities such as colleges and universities being a direct example of pure robbery (tuition cost), I still aspire to receive a professional degree post my undergraduate studies. My degrees will be used solely to serve as a crutch in case my endeavors were to be put on hold or fall through. However, the difference between me and some Americans is that I have been fortunate to undergo experiences that allowed me to see the “bigger picture”. The “bigger picture” being that I know what I ultimately want to do, and knowing that there is more than one way to achieve a respective goal/aspiration. Never let someone tell you how something should be done. There is never a “direct’ way to one’s success, unless one looks at the formula provided below.
Preparation + Opportunity = Success
If you know what you ultimately want to do, stop being afraid and begin pursuing that career. When you’re pursuing your career that does not necessarily mean drop your current job to start anew. Just as I mentioned before, I plan on using my degrees to serve as a crutch until I can find an outlet. What is your crutch? Everyone has one and if you have not found one yet, it’s a good time to start looking. You see as long as one is prepared, when their opportunity finally arrives, success will be that much easier for that individual.
Know your worth. Be creative. Be Unique. No two persons are the same. When people learn that the masses (greater population) have the ability to educate and teach each other how to live and succeed, society will come to a realization of knowing their worth and that sharing their notions to teach others is an imperative part of bettering society.
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)