I feel that I very often watch a lot of young people sort of meander around without any idea about why they are doing what they are doing. I mean, to want, and to be ambitious, and to want to be successful is not enough. That’s just desire. To know what you want, to understand why you’re doing it, to dedicate every breath in your body to achieve… if you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for, then there’s nothing you can’t achieve.
Thankfully, I already found my girl (woman) :)
Not so middle anymore - middle class continues to erode
Good NYT article, establishing that the middle class is shrinking. This is not based on a Harvard study or a left wing politicians assertions; but rather based purely on dollars and sense. Primarily dollars spend by top earners v. the dollars the middle class no longer has to spend.
As politicians and pundits in Washington continue to spar over whether economic inequality is in fact deepening, in corporate America there really is no debate at all. The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier pulls even further away.
This is scary for all, including top earners. There can be no America, and to put it more bluntly, no “top” without a middle.
Disparate “upward mobility” depending on your pedigree (duh)
This Atlantic article confirms what many of us know in our heart and minds (except for Fox News) - “Let’s go ahead and call social mobility in America what it really is: social immobility.”
One of the more glaring data points is that:
About 8 percent of kids born in the early 1980s who grew up in families in the poorest fifth managed to reach the top quintile of earners today. For those born smack dab in the middle of America’s income distribution, there was just a 20 percent chance of making it to the top.
An 8% chance qualifies as a “slim chance”, but many on the Right use that slim prospect as a party message of “pulling yourself from your boot straps.” Those are some flimsy boot straps.
Link to the study.
What I hate is ignorance, smallness of imagination, the eye that sees no farther than its own lashes. All things are possible. Who you are is limited only by who you think you are.
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Stand out section:
"We cannot find real satisfaction in efforts that are easily replicatable," Newport says, "nor can we expect such efforts to be the foundation of a remarkable career."
Money tends to resolve things.
To our dear House Republican tea baggers - you lost the country $20 billion over the shutdown shenanigans. So now you lose, you get nothing. The country deserves better than your lunacy.
(Originally seen on The Daily Show)
I think items C & D are just incredible. Can’t wait to see these at the VMAs.
Quick little production on a flight home.
Source: SoundCloud / StreetMass
Just funny because of how true it is.
Key takeaway - Learn how to think, learn how to pay attention. Otherwise, the default is going to be over run with frustration, negative assumptions, and anxiety about others. Set your own defaults.