I remember back in 2006 time frame reading a book by Robert Kiyosaki called "Rich Dad's Prophecy: Why the Biggest Stock Market Crash in History Is Still Coming...and How You Can Prepare Yourself and Profit from It!"
I don't remember a lot from it but I do recall something that was said which in my opinion was bit of a prophetic message. He said the middle class in America is slowly going away. At the end, it's going to be the upper class and lower class. The rich and the poor. No more in between.
He also mentioned that there was going to be a big collapse in the United States economy very soon. Mind you, he wrote this book back in 2002. I read it in 2006.
In 2008 as sure as he called it, the United States went through a HUGE economic downturn that not only effected the banking and auto industry. But it effected the housing industry, hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost. Countless businesses closed down to never re-open again.
Thousands of homes went into foreclosure. As a matter of fact, 6 years later, we are still feeling the effects of it.
There are more foreclosed homes in America than homeless people.
It's sad but true.
Here in Atlanta, once prominent neighborhoods back in the 90's and early 2000's are now regular run down, crappy nieghborhoods that I wouldn't even live in. It's because people that were making good money had to foreclose because they could no longer keep up with the payments.
The recession that the U.S. went through has really caused people to hit rock bottom. Some are clawing their way to get back to the top. Many have made it back on top, while others are yet to regain their swagger.
As I see what's going on in the land of plenty of opportunity, I recall what a Jewish carpenter said:
"The poor will always be among us".
I can see that being the case in 3rd world nations. But here in America, the land of the free and home of the brave, it shouldn't be. We are exposed to so many different opportunities that its crazy!
We have access to the internet that allows us to have a global business and make transactions all over the world. We're no longer confined by building codes, insurance regulations, red tape, etc when it comes to making money online.
Heck even if that's not your fortay, you can still start a brick and mortar business of any sort. Baking, consulting, insurance sales, selling Italians suits, manufacturing upscale garage doors, and countless more ideas.
Not even the sky is the limit when it comes to what you and I can do here in America.
I believe the #1 reason why the poor will always being among us here in the states is because of our mindset.
I'm going to generalize here talking about the middle class so don't shoot me. And no I am not talking about you.
I think too many of us that are slowly slipping from the middle to lower class have a woe is me mentality. A mentality that says its the governments job to take care of me. A mentality that thinks people owe us something. A lazy mentality. A mentality that is waiting on the calvarie to come.
If this is you...
NOBODY OWES YOU JACK DO-DO!!!
Life won't give you what you want but what you are willing to fight for.
A wise king once said:
When I read that the other day, it was a warning for me to not get too comfortable. It also helped me to see how easy it is to allow poverty to overtake us.
Keep in mind I'm talking about the middle class, not those that are already poor.
Most middle class Americans are only one pay check away from being put out of our homes. That's crazy.
Most middle class Americans don't like their profession yet they stick with it because it's paying the bills. Yet many are afraid to try something new and to go after their dreams for fear of failure.
My friend I'm here to tell you right now, if you continue to allow opportunities to pass you bye...
If you continue to say no to your dreams...
If you continue to allow fear to rule you...
If you don't change your mindset and carpe diem aka sieze the moment, then you won't have any food in the harvest season.
You'll be lacking.
It's called being on welfare. Only getting money from social security. Working at a fast food joint or grocery store late in your life because that's all you could find.
Now I'm not knocking those that use government assistance or have to keep working at an older age. All I'm saying is that YOU can avoid it.
But you've got to change your mind.
Don't allow yourself to be lazy. Don't think that all there is to life is coming home from a long day of work, watching tv, eating, then going to bed, only to get up early the next day to repeat the process.
Life doesn't have to be that way.
But if you don't change NOW then the old proverb will come true in your life:
For me, I chose to turn to the internet to make money and be my own boss. Now I have the honor of impacting people's lives and developing world class leaders. You may or may not be interested in what I'm doing.
Just find something that you are into, that you are passionate about, that solves a problem in society and DO IT.
Hope this helps my friends!
- Adrian Hines
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