nksters") getting big bonuses while costing millions of employees their jobs, and millions of homeowners their homes and equity.
In conclusion: "morality" can come from many sources, but "legality" typical comes from the lawmakers that the wealthy and powerful elites have "bought".
ng and outworking the rest?
Have the under performers just given up?
Do the numbers mean the "American Dream" is working....or failing? Is it still achievable?
Agree 100% that it is a MASSIVE issue....but where is the responsibility for it to fall?
Your second source quotes the following:"Half the economic advantage the children of well-off families enjoy comes from having been born into wealthy families in the first place." - hasn't that always been the case and why wouldn't it be? Why do we think in our progressive and modern world that your family upbringing - which includes income - wouldn't have a massive effect on later income earning potential?
embraced it and adopted it to our particular field of study and human interaction. Many of us have experienced different events in our lives that have altered our path or changed the course of our destiny. Yes, I know that the Butterfly Effect is not the same as the Domino Effect but sometimes these two effects overlap and it becomes difficult to draw a line between them. I hope you will bear with me (Animal) as I take liberty with my analogies and please, take them for what they are worth.
I typically tell stories of consequence. I like telling these stories, and it would seem that that my numerous sources enjoy telling them to me. I recently contacted one of my mentors, Dr. Hal Simeroth, regarding a paper I was writing about Everyday Leaders. Hal is just that, he is an everyday leader that has made a tremendous impact on my life and the lives of so many others. I met him a little over tow years ago when he interviewed me for a Manager of Recruitment position with a technology start-up company. I sat across a desk from him as he told me a bit about himself and then proceeded to put me at ease with his gentle but analytical approach to questioning. Hal was the Vice President of Engineering and he was one of the four VPs I would be interviewing with (individually) before I sat down with the CEO of Select University Technologies, Inc. I don't think I even knew that I should have been nervous as I wasn't.
That company, SUTI, has since gone belly-up, much to our dismay..., we thought we would retire from there, along with many others. But we have remained friends and we speak or meet for lunch often. At the end of my recent conversation with Hal, I asked if he wouldn't mind indulging me a bit and allow me to ask him another question for Bonus Track. He was glad to oblige me and said, "Fire away." Dr. Simeroth has a Bachelor's in Engineering, a Master's in Religion and a Doctorate in Ethics. He is not your typical engineer, so I thought his Butterfly Effect answer might have a different spin. And it did. He didn't even hesitate when he plunged into a very short but effective story...
Hal went to work for a quickly expanding PC company out of Los Gatos, California, in the 1980's. They were experiencing exponential growth; the executives & CEO involved were living the high life. On the day they announced the company had gone public, shares were grabbed up and it was a huge coup. A party was held in Silicon Valley, the likes that none of them had ever seen. A very elaborate shindig with booze and drugs readily available and many were partaking. The CEO took off from the party, along with a friend, for a joy ride in his Ferrari - he was flying high on cocaine and thrilled that his own personal holdings were now worth $6M. Unfortunately, the same day he became a very wealthy man was the same day his life ended. He drove his Ferrari off a cliff. His passenger miraculously survived but the CEO left his wife, children, and a brand new incredibly successful company behind.
Hal was the VP of Engineering with this company and this incident changed his life and his perspective. The company, somehow, managed to thrive following this tragic incident but the leaders were impacted and their paths were altered. One moment everything is perfect and wonderful..., the next, their leader was gone and they had to re-group, and they did, but not without a significant amount of pain and challenge. "We learned the hard way." Embrace today, don't be flip with achievements, remember that others are affected by your actions, and know that success is never guaranteed.
Take advantage of the tales others tell, learn from their trials and pain.
What will you learn today?
ed to be doing. If you have a lot of time on your hands you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. If you’re busy, the world makes a path!”
His words struck me and reverberated for me immediately. Driving home I thought about the implicit sense in them and decided to write about the concept. You see, the world was making a path for me.
Researching the subject at Google this morning a few refrains came back at me when I entered the words "world makes a path" (note the quotes for those of you who want to understand a little more about Boolean). Listed among some Epigram Favorites, others were:
Help the man who is down, you may slip yourself someday.
They’ll talk anyway.
Why give advice, wise men have their own and fools avoid it.
Knowledge is only a fact; wisdom is knowing what to do with that fact.
Who can anchor to an unanchored mind?
Only the mints can make money without advertising.
The world makes a path for the man who knows where he is going.
Common sense is very uncommon.
Recipe for having friends … be one.
A hen is the only living critter that can sit still and produce dividends.
Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Don’t take yourself too damn seriously.
Be a live wire and you won’t be stepped on.
If you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.
I find humor in several of them and logic in all of them. Zeroing in on the subject of this piece, though, the words “the world makes a path” for me means something slightly different. I don’t always know where I am going, evidenced by this recent confession I made, but I do strive to always keep myself busy. Keeping always busy isn’t nearly as hard as you might imagine. “You don’t know how to relax,” my husband Bob often challenges. To him, my affairs seem maddeningly complex and long-winded – he is content to read science fiction/suspense/detective novels and watch the same on television in his down-time. What he doesn’t seem to get about me is that what I do does help me to relax – my proclivities are different from his. A proclivity is described as: a natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition
Understanding what your proclivities are and allowing yourself to move along those directions is the first step in uncovering the path that the world has made for you. There’s that old Star Trek mantra that says “Space – the Final Frontier.” I have never responded to this message – always thinking to myself, “They’re wrong – our minds are the final frontier.” Our minds can adjust to unusual and unexpected stimuli and it is this very unusual and unexpected stimuli that prompts growth in our self awareness. Self awareness is a very different concept from self assurance. To be self aware one understands what makes oneself tick. To be “self assured” – well, that can come with a whole bag of tricks! The natural progression of events is that self awareness leads to self assuredness.
If you encounter something you have an aversion to, listen to what your inner self is telling you. It’s probably not such a good idea to pursue those paths - there is nothing there to draw you along and fuel your journey. I hear all the time, “I don’t like to source – it’s too time-consuming/tedious/boring/isolating/difficult…” The list goes on…
I tell those people, “Then don’t!” Do what you like to do. Life’s too short to spend any time at all doing what you don’t like/want to do. Far too many of us are in career paths that are going nowhere because we followed someone else’s desires/didn’t know how to uncover our own. I spent twenty-two years of my life doing just that until I reached a point where I just couldn’t do it any longer; I couldn’t take even one more step on that path. Looking back, I see I had a lot of time on my hands I was always looking to fill with trivial pursuits. Chasing trivial pursuits will get you into trouble if you make a commitment to doing just that, thinking you have nothing else to do. If you find yourself thinking, “I’m bored,” - Houston, you have a problem. Once I was given the opportunity to grapple with the real problem, myself, the skies cleared. I turned from an “Overcast/Chance of Thunderstorms” personality into a (mostly) “Sunny All Day” being. I found the path the world was making for me all because I discovered, and allowed myself, to follow the direction of my natural proclivities.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy to uncover your natural proclivities. You’re going to meet up with some “unusual and unexpected stimuli” but that’s okay. Don’t be afraid. Once you do uncover your “path” you’re going to wonder why in the world you ever thought it was going to be so hard!
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in a common hour.” ~ Henry David Thoreau…