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I am the 53%
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I worked since I was 14 years old.
Masonry & Construction, telemarketing, dry cleaning, Cavalry Scout for the Army, customer service, worked at a laser tag place, a bus boy, a janitor for my local gym cleaning toilets, doing laundry for member’s towels and basically any and all types of clean up getting paid 7.25/hr, computer repair, worked at a vitamin store, worked in a lumber mill, office supply store, another fitness center, a call center, helpdesk, office assistant, programmer, developer, web producer, web master and entrepreneur.
I am a WORKER. I am a DOER. I DO NOT QUIT.
I went to college and got my AS first, then worked on my BS which I’m still trying to finish. All in the while, working my tail off to make ends meet. Everyone I met would eventually know that I was better than where I was, because I don’t get comfortable. I don’t cheat. I don’t lie to get ahead and I never step over people to succeed and I never make demands.
My work ethic made me who I am. Not the government. Not my school. The ONLY people I have to thank are the ones in my family. Specifically my mother and my grandfather. I had a POS father who wasn’t man enough to help his first born son succeed in life.
I started a small business in 2004. It took years for it to actually take me anywhere. Times got rough again, though I never told my family, and I ended up having to put my business plans on hold, and so I took on a full time job with a web firm in NYC.
My mother was a single mother with two children. She put herself through pharmacy school and will be paying loans until the day she dies. She didn’t make excuses. She didn’t take advantage of the system to pay for things. She worked 3 jobs to make it all happen.
Anyone can achieve success in America. The problem is that these so called ‘99%-ers’ aren’t willing to make real sacrifices because they don’t comprehend ,and are under the false impression, that the American Dream is something that isn’t simply handed to you for free.
No one is going to pave your road to success. You have to show up with your Pickaxes, shovels and wheel barrel in order to get started.
If you don’t have the tools, make them.
I AM AN AMERICAN. I AM A SOLDIER. I AM THE 53%.
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What can I say, the quote is pretty straightforward. Keep grinding, 53!!!
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