THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING YOUR DERRIERE OFF!

Recently a speaker at the United Nations stated: that white privilege is ruining his state.  I have worked in this state and the majority of the others.  Also, I had the privilege of working in about 30 countries.  Many of the good and kind people I met, many with a similar milk chocolate complexion as I would LOVE to immigrate to this country.  I understand why.  The U.S. provides more opportunities for success for those who get off their whining ass and work than ANY OTHER country.  Regardless of your privilege or supposedly lack of.  

MY PARENTS MODELED WORKING YOUR KEISTER OFF!

 Mom, Dad, and my maternal family demonstrated:  GET UP EVERY DAY AND WORK HARD!  They assured me that is all I needed to become anything I worked hard enough for. 

WORKING YOUR HINDQUARTERS OFF!

We were growing up in the Powers household; you were going to work.  Dad loved to garden and took care of our four acres yard.  We worked beside him when we were old enough (about twelve- months, that is!)—learning how to garden, take care of a yard, and meet Mom’s high expectations!  They set the same expectations around education.  I heard, “after high school, you ARE going to continue your education.”  That also started at the age of about twelve- months, that is!  Do you see a trend – My privilege?

Learning lawn care and gardening inspired me to learn how to grow the popular N.C. azalea perennial.  Wilmington, North Carolina, holds an annual Azaleas Festival.  After planting hundreds of azaleas in our yard, I started selling the plants.  Our yard was my free marketing.  Maybe that inspired me to study marketing when I studied for my MBA.  The sales paid for my college education for the first two years.  When I attended college, state universities were affordable.  It is criminal what the universities charge today!

My brother drove a school bus for two years to earn money.  I took the training but wisely decided it was not for me!  Do you know how early the school bus drivers had to get up?  YAZUU!  When I attended high school (yes, Amanda, we had buses and electricity!), high school students were encouraged to become bus drivers.  Even as a teenager, I questioned the safety of that decision!  Perhaps that influenced my career choice of Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability.   

When my parents decided to build my paternal Grandmother a better house, my brother and I worked daily that summer helping Dad completely renovate that home.  My first renovation project instilled in me a love of woodworking and real estate.  I learned the skills that I utilized to finish my basement.  

THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING YOUR BEHIND OFF!

After college, my brother and I entered the professional world determined to maintain our work ethic privilege and climb the corporate ladder.  I am proud we both reached the level of V.P. and my brother SVP.  Did I tell you he is the smarter of the two and I the better looking?  

PRINCIPLES TO WORK YOUR BUNS OFF AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS!

  • GET STARTED!  Too many times, I was frozen with fear of failure.  Successful people fail; get up and keep on moving!  The wealthiest man in the world, depending on the week, is Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos.  Both have failed.  You got to START!
  • Education pays dividends.  Get an education that yields a well-paying job.  Many well-paying jobs DO NOT, let me repeat, DO NOT require a $180,000 four-year degree: Airline Pilots, Sales representatives, Electrician, Plumber, Wind Turbine technicians, Refinery operators, Nuclear Plant operators, and many more.  Mike, an electrician, is working in my home today.  $120.00 for the first hour and $90.00 for each additional hour.  I paid Mike $780.00.  {Dad was good with electrical work. I should have paid more attention!} All donations, including bitcoin, are greatly appreciated!
  • Live below your means.  ALWAYS Spend LESS than you Earn- ALWAYS!
  • Eliminate debts except for real estate.  Average American credit card debt is > $6,000.00. Banks charge an average of 18% interest for credit card debt!
  • Invest your savings. Your return MUST exceed inflation for the majority of years!
  • Work your ass off, keep getting promotions or start your own business. 
  • Retire when you achieve financial freedom and fly my favorite privilege sign outside your winter and summer homes.
  • KEEP THINGS SIMPLE STYRON {KISS} – Complexity is a PAIN IN THE BEHIND.  I have a great joke, but my wife may read this, and our cat has the best sofa!
  • PRIORITIZE Health, Family, Education, Learning, Joy, and Your Passions!
  • A family together costs less than one apart.  MEN – TAKE CARE OF YOUR DAMN CHILDREN.  BE A MAN OR CUT THAT DANG THANG OFF! 

CONCLUSION

Some people have more privileges than I, and I have more than others. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said- “What difference does it make!”

GET OFF YOUR DERRIERE AND STOP SINGING “WOE IS ME” (Off key, by the way).

WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT? WHAT QUESTIONS CAN I ANSWER? UNTIL NEXT TIME!

LET’S MAKE SOME MONEY – CRYPTOCURRENCY IS ACCEPTED! 

 

YOUR GREATNESS IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE; IT’S WHAT YOU GIVE! – SOME CHARITIES I SUPPORT

St Jude Hospital:  https://www.stjude.org/

Wounded Warrior Project:  https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Folds of Honor:  https://foldsofhonor.org

Wilson’s No-Kill Animal Shelter:  https://wcnkas.org

 

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SO YOU GOT A HUGE TAX REFUND – NOW WHAT?

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I am a proud nerd (as my beautiful wife and daughter have told me) investment and finance blogger with an N.C.  State, Chemical Engineering, University Rutgers, MBA and Harvard University, Advanced Management education.

I left a corporate career because I desired to make a difference as a speaker and writer.  I was blessed to be coached and mentored by strong women and men in my family and professional life.  It is my time to serve and give back.

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I started my first business at ~13 years of age (a small but brilliantly created plant nursery). I am a successful investor in stocks, options, real estate and am happy to share my finance and investment lessons.  I am NOT a licensed financial advisor.  Please do not construe my suggestions on this blog as recommendations for your situation.  As an investor, you must establish your risk/loss tolerance.  Investment in any asset involves risk, including complete loss. 

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This blog will provide, information and simple strategies, that will assist you to achieve YOUR financial objectives and long term targets. For over 30 years, I solved multi-million dollar problems, for Fortune 10-250, companies. My formal education includes: Business, Finance and Chemical Engineering {Problem Solving} at: Harvard, Rutgers and North Carolina State. And an additional 30+ years, managing my family’s investment decisions. I currently manage/advise people with net-worths ranging from the tens of thousands to several million dollars.

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