The 1% or the 99% – You get to choose… The 1% or the 99% – You get to choose… | Justin Goff

The 1% or the 99% – You get to choose…

by Justin Goff on January 17, 2012

I’m sure this post will piss a lot of people off.  But if it motivates just 1 person… then it will be well worth it.

And while you’re reading – make sure you look at this as a business advice post.  This isn’t  political. This is NOT about republicans vs. democrats or anything like that.  As a matter of fact, I don’t support either of those parties and frankly despise 99% of politicians.

So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, I’m sure you’ve seen the discussions of the 99% vs. the 1% in the United States.  Many of the 99% believe that the wealthiest people in America make too much money, and that more of that should be shared with the lower level workers in companies.

It’s a good rallying cry, and it makes a great political angle to exploit.  And just a few years ago, I probably would have been in the corner cheering on the 99%.

But after a few years of running my own business my views have changed.

One of the biggest changes in my mindset that’s helped me be more successful in every area of my life was getting rid of the victim mentality that I held onto for so long.  I always had an excuse outside of myself for why things in my life were the way they were.  And when you let yourself think like this, you’re capable of rationalizing pretty much anything to make yourself feel better.

But here’s the blunt truth that I’ve learned over the past few years…

The first thing you need to realize if you want to be successful is that no one in this world owes you shit. You don’t deserve anything.  You were born into this world like 6 billion other people and what you make of your life is 100% dependent upon YOU.   Until you get this through your head, and you fully understand it, you’ll never reach your full potential.

What most people don’t understand is that just because you’re a hard worker and you’re loyal doesn’t mean you should make a bunch of money.  Your income is directly related to how you affect the bottomline.  People that are producers understand this.  People that grind out 40 hours a week in a job they can’t stand usually don’t.

Another thing you need to recognize is the fact that most successful people bust their ass and risk everything for their success.  Sure there are people who get lucky and get rich because of their family or they get a fat contract from the government, but the majority of people I know and work with that are successful have risked a lot to get where they are.

Hell, I lost a relationship with a long time girlfriend in part due to my drive to be successful at all costs.  I can still remember sitting in my apartment barely making $2,000 a month while I was grinding out 15 hour work days to try and get my business to where I wanted it.  Most people don’t have this kind of ambition and aren’t willing to make the real sacrifices that are necessary to be successful.

The idea of working 40 hours a week and taking weekends off was nowhere in my mind when I was struggling to build my business.  I was working well over 70+ hours per week and getting up at 9 Am on Saturday & Sunday to work as well.  And at the time, no job was beneath me.  I was doing consulting gigs and copywriting jobs for absolutely peanuts.   I’m embarrassed now to think that I sold my services for as little as I did.  But at the time, I really didn’t care.  It’s what I had to do to make ends meet.

I think one of the biggest problems most people have is they don’t realize how good we have it right now.  If you live in a free country where you can do whatever you want for a living, then you’re already miles ahead of most people in this world.  How would you like to be born into a country where you have no choice what you get to do for a living?  The government says you’re a factory worker, and you’re a factory worker for life.  Those people are the ones that are truly screwed.

Yet in America, we have so much opportunity, and we live in a period of time where it’s literally never been easier to make money.  I started my business in college at the age of 22 with less than $500!  And guess what?  It was a bitch to get started and I took a lot of shit from everyone including family and friends when I was starting out.

I can still remember people laughing at me after I graduated college when I told them I was gonna try to keep this going and see where it goes.  This type of “job” just doesn’t seem normal for most people.  They don’t get it.  They don’t understand the entrepreneur’s mindset.  I don’t want to rely on a company to determine my income for the rest of my life.  I want all of my success to be dependent on what I do.  I want unlimited freedom to make as much money as I can and to live the life I want.

And while I’m on that topic, don’t let anyone tell you or make you feel like being wealthy is a bad thing.  The envy and jealousy of most people is a sick, sick emotion.  And they’ll do everything they can to bring you down.  Making a lot of money is a DAMN good thing.  Just last year alone, I was able to have a full time employee, multiple freelancers working for me and I was also able to donate at least $4,000 to local dog rescues.  Because of the good year I had, I was able to help out a lot of people.

This idea that by getting rich you are “hurting” other people is complete bullshit.  Unless you’re scamming them out of money, then you really have no reason to feel guilty about making money.

So to get back to the original title of this post, you have a choice whether you want to be in the 1% or the 99%.  The 1%  is not some “pre-determined” class that you need an IVY league education and a rich family to attain.  I came from a small town in Ohio of 30,000 people with a dad who works in a factory and a mom that’s held every job from waitress to preschool teacher.  I barely scored a 23 on my ACT and I wasn’t even smart enough to get a business minor in college.  Yet, Ive busted my ass over the last few years to learn everything there is about advertising and making money online.  And now I’m at the point where I make a pretty good living doing what I love.

Like Dan Kennedy has said “You either believe, like me, that because 1% of the people are rich that ANYONE can get rich, or you believe, like many others, that because 1% are rich that NO ONE can get rich.”

It’s your choice.  Just remember it all comes down to YOU.  All of your successes and all of your failures are a result of what you’ve done in the past.  You can either stay on the same path you are on now, or you can make a change and strive to be a part of the 1%….

{ 45 comments }

Groomez January 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Love it. I’ve been trying to tell my friends the difference between a worker’s and an entrepreneur’s mindset. It’s tough because you know you are going to piss people off either way, especially ones looking for a job after college. But it’s a decision made that will drastically change your life, for the better or worse.

J January 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Great post.

Brian January 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Amen bro.

John Saeger January 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Justin,

Awesome post. I can 100% relate to this. I believe one of the biggest road blocks in peoples lives today is taking a risk or facing their fears. Most people want to feel content and secure. In order to succeed in anything you have to be willing to 1. bust your ass, 2. have passion and 3 take a risk and step out of your comfort zone. It amazes me how many people today feel like they should just be given money and do nothing. And for people like yourself and me who took a risked and busted our ass should share the wealth.
They say money is the root of all evil but I beg the differ. Money helps poor people eat, helps fund mission trips and clothes the needy. Without money none of this would be possible. Therefore money is not evil. Its just needs to be in the right hands of people who what to help.
I have no problem sharing the wealth i make when it goes to a worthy cause. Not some low live person who doesn’t want to do anything but complain about the situation they are in.
These 99% people need to learn to Stand Up and Take ACTION and move in a positive direction.

Sean Malarkey January 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

Justin – Great post man. Seriously – this is so good. Opportunity is everywhere!

Jeff Kowalczuk January 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

Great post! Definitely will share this one!

Brian January 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Your points are valid and many people do not understand adhere idea of working hard to acheive their goals. But, the problem with a portion of the 1% is their lack of giving back and reinvesting in their company. Lower level workers are forced to work for the lowest possible wages and often are unable to overcome the barrier that lies between them and financial success. You were able to attend college and become educated at a higher level, but what of those who are unable to gain this luxury. It is unfortunate that college, health care, and even being in the middle-class have become a luxury. If the 1% who needlessly bleed their companies and workers of every dime and ounce of effort do not change, then how will someone who must work a 9-5 to provide for their family get over the hump? Change needs to occur so America once again becomes the land of opportunity for those who are dedicated and hard working.

justin January 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Brian, a college education is NOT needed to make good money. If you’re currently working a 9-5 and not making enough money, then its up to YOU to change things in your life. Go to trade school, get a 2nd job etc… Just like I said in the post, workers are paid based on what they contribute to the bottomline.

There’s no reason someone couldn’t apprentice and become an electrician making $60,000 a year. After they do that, they could start their own company and work their way into the 1%. There are MANY ways to success, people just need to stop blaming those who make more money and find a way to make it on their own

Jim January 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I have no issue with anyone being wealthy at
all. I like what you said it is up to the person
their drive and work ethic. What upsets me is
I pay 35% in taxes and the wealthy pay
around 15% this needs to be fixed….

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

@Brian, the problem with your mindset is that, like many Americans, you seem to view the world from the perspective of what you can achieve RIGHT NOW. Read Justin’s post again. His success didn’t happen overnight. Yes, Justin was fortunate enough to attend college right after High School. I didn’t. I joined the military and started college a few years later after I figured out how to get the military to pay for it. My brother worked as a diesel mechanic and then drove a semi truck (working his way up from hired driver to owner-operator) for a decade and started college at the age of 38. Now he’s an environmental engineer. You need to shift your mindset from the RIGHT NOW to think about where you would like to be in 5-10 years, set up some milestones to achieve that, and then get to work on it.

And besides, you say that change needs to happen. Easy thing to say. Like Justin says, you can wait for that change to happen with a victim’s mentality, or you can realize that you own your future. When you realize that, you can make the change yourself. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting for that change until the day you die.

Mike January 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Nice article with great advice but WAY off base as to what the 99% are about. Read up a little and you’d realize they aren’t organizing for a handout or to express anger at someone for being siccessful. The 99% are protesting the buying of our politicians by the rich to create a more favorable environement in which to do business (and pay even lower taxes, too) to the detriment of others and the nation as a whole. Again, valid points about working hard and making the most of your opportunities through risk, you just paint the 99% ‘ers with the wrong brush.

justin January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Really I’m off base? You have a majority of people in the Occupy movement that want to tax the producers in this country more, tax corporations more, erase student loan debt, free healthcare for everyone, expand the EPA’s power so they can shut down businesses, income caps so that CEO’s can only earn a certain amount, higher minimum wages etc…

Sounds like being a victim to me…

RJ Pepino January 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Great points in this article. Thanks for sharing!

Mike January 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Yeah, off base justin. The “producers” in this country are currently being taxed at the lowest effective rate in over 50 years, same with corporations, they want to ease the rate on student debt (not erase it), provide/require basic healthcare to everyone to eliminate “free-riding” on MY health insurance (which I pay for), expand the EPA’s power so we can live in an environment that won’t make us sick, income caps?! for CEO’s?! I’d like to see that from a credible source, higher minimum wages help increase the size of the middle class (who tend to spend what their incremental earnings rather than save it) which drives demand, sales, jobs, company profits, etc. I realize it’s easier to perpetuate the stereotype of the “welfare queen” started by Ronald Reagan than to get to the truth of the matter.

BTW…you sound like you’re trying to portray yourself as a victim of all the naughty governments attempts at reasonable regulations, taxation and social programs for the betterment of the country.

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

@Jim. If you did your own taxes, you would realize that you don’t pay 35%. That is simply the tax rate on the highest bracket of your income. Dig out your 1040, if you have it, divide your tax amount by your income and you get your EFFECTIVE TAX RATE. I don’t need to see your 1040 to know that it will be much less than 35%. Since 35% is the top tax bracket then nobody, not you, not anybody, has an effective tax rate of 35%. It’s mathematically impossible unless you make a mistake preparing your taxes. If your effective tax rate were to come out to 35% then you have a problem with your tax preparer, not the tax code! This is a typical myth held by people who don’t understand their taxes. They look at their top tax bracket and they think that they pay that % on their whole income.

Now, that said, you could invest your money like Mitt Romney does and you’ll pay the same tax rate that he does. He plays by the same tax code as you do. You just choose to invest/spend your money differently. It’s all about the life choices you make, which is the point of this article. Personally, I doubt that anyone in the 35% tax bracket would describe himself/herself as being outside of the wealthy. I’m guessing, going out on a long limb here, and saying that I don’t believe that Jim is in the 35% tax bracket. Just my gut feel, though.

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

@Mike, you are spot on that the Middle Class spends their income rather than save it. That’s why they don’t get to enjoy the 15% tax rate that Mitt Romney and other wealthy people do. Again, life choices. You said it all right there.

Now take a moment and look at Germany. That is a saving culture, yet they have a robust industrial base and they export a lot of great stuff. So tell me again how spending all of our money is going to drive our economy………I get that argument, but it’s short-sighted. The lack of saving in this country is, in my opinion, at the root of this economic downturn. The banks, car salesmen, and everyone simply exploit that. They sell to people based on the payments they can afford because that’s how people budget. Basically “How can I spend all of my money.” The banks and other culprits are a symptom, not the root cause, of our problems. Until people accept their personal contribution to the problem, they won’t take action to solve it, and it’ll perpetuate forever, just like Justin says.

Mike January 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

@Jeff, I think you are taking some liberties to tie the saving culture of Germany to its “robust industrial base and export a lot of great stuff”. They are a democratic socialist country who happens to provide medical care, health insurance, and education, generous paid family leave, to ALL of their citizens; these are the PROVEN accelerators of economic prosperity…but I doubt you are arguing for any of those here (oops, you already did in your previous post without even realizing it). Again, I’m not begrudging Romney his wealth, he legally looted those companies for his (capital) gains while risking his own money (or those of his investors) to do it. I just think that since it was never taxed income (and therefore never “bought” those holdings) he should face at least the same tax burden than someone who labors for their wage.
Look at my post and show me where I defend people who won’t act to improve their lives…I agree with all of that (and personally receive the benefit of my contribution). My disagreement was with Justin mischaracterizing a movement who aren’t at all what he portrays in his article.

Mike January 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Oh Jeff…one more thing; think about a person making the median household income in the US (2007 numbers) is $31,111. If that median income earner makes an extra $1000 in a year of course they are going to spend it! most likely on groceries, gas for their car (or maybe a better one) a house in a better neighborhood, etc. If Mitt Romney were to make an extra $50,000 in a year it has virtually no impact on his life at all and what he buys with it. So a few more points of incremental capital gains tax aren’t going to kill him or any new jobs he wasn’t going to create anyway.

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Mike, I didn’t tie anything to a saving culture. Please re-read my post. All I did was refute your claim that spending all of our money is the path to driving our economy. That proves that there is more to driving an economy than simply spending all of our money. But speaking of taking liberties, you seem quick to tie Germany’s industrial base to their social programs. Pot calls the kettle black? Can you support that claim with evidence? Solid evidence, not just a link to someone’s blog who agrees with you?

How do you define economic prosperity? Did it occur to you that you might not have the monopoly on the definition of economic prosperity? For example, one person might think that economic prosperity is a situation where the fewest people live in poverty. Another person’s idea of it is that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their dreams and make it big, whatever that might mean to them.

I get your point on how Justin portrays the Occupy movement. Actions speak louder than words. You can’t blame a person’s perception of how that movement behaves.

On your arguments, though, I don’t agree with you anyway. Higher minimum wages drives up the cost of products and the cost of living. In the end, the benefit of the higher minimum wage is reduced if not wiped out because they have to pay more. The bigger the middle class, the more people buy homes, which drives up home prices. Same effect. And, the higher the cost of products, the more jobs that will shift overseas. This is just the tip of the iceberg. To simply think that if we raise everyones’ wages then everyone will be more prosperous is simplistic at best.

But, that ignores Justin’s whole argument. People in the middle class can sit around waiting for someone to raise the minimum wage, cut CEO salaries, or whatever other demands that they have, or they can take action over what they have control over in their lives. It’s a basic line from any motivational speaker. And what is that famous saying, Have the grace to accept what you cannot control and the courage to change what you do have control over? Something like that? That’s the message.

I’ll tell you what. People can sit around waiting for others to improve their lives, or they can get on with what they have control over. Let’s compare the two groups of people in 5-10 years. Who do you think will be ahead? I’m already there. Justin is already there. Anyone who wants to be there can. But it’s easier to blame other people. Whatever Mike. You can go around sharing your message with people but it’s futile. Occupiers in Oakland are getting arrested. I bought my dream home last year. I’m pretty happy with the path I took. I recommend it to anyone.

Mike January 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

@ Jeff….really?! you didn’t tie anything to a saving culture?! Here’s your post-“Now take a moment and look at Germany. That is a saving culture, yet they have a robust industrial base and they export a lot of great stuff. So tell me again how spending all of our money is going to drive our economy” …your words. Having lived in Germany I can tell you firsthand that their economic prosperity is indeed tied to their social programs. Read the economist and you’ll find plenty of articles and research on it. Please re-read my post Jeff…I never defended or encouraged people to “sit around waiting for others to improve their lives”. I agree with the meme of his post! He just didn’t use accurate examples of whom NOT to be like. I never encouraged blame of other people either. However, they (99%) DO have the courage to try to change what they do have control over. THAT is what they are about. Not accepting the status quo and coming together to get their message out…noble aspirations whatever the cause.

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Geez Mike, I’ll have to spell it out for you as best I can. You stated that the Middle Class needs to spend its money to drive the economy. I provided an example of an economy where people save, yet have a great economy. That simply refutes your idea to drive the economy through spending. It doesn’t tie saving to the industrial base of my example. Is that clear enough?

OK, so let me get out my tooth puller and see if we can get you to support your claims. The fact that you lived in Germany doesn’t equate to Germany’s social programs driving their industrial base. I’m sorry to bother you with my need for solid evidence, but you’ll just have to try harder. Otherwise, you won’t need to wonder why the Occupy movement isn’t gaining traction. I lived in Italy. I don’t claim to be an expert on their economy.

I’ve had a subscription to the Economist for years. Much like many economists and politicians, they don’t have everything figured out. I think that it’s pretty lame that you just recommend that I start reading a newspaper to get a clue, as if someone gains credibility simply by reading a particular news media. It’s equally lame to simply believe everything you read from a particular news source as absolute truth. Maybe that’s not what you meant, but it can certainly be inferred from your post. But I’ll roll with your punch anyway, and you know what? If you read the same articles that I have, you’ll see a lot of credit for their weathering the economic downturn given to their thrifty lifestyle. Here’s an Economist article that briefly touches on German thriftiness leading to their huge trade surpluses and export industrial base. This isn’t the only one. Like I said, I’ve been reading your Bible newspaper for years. I don’t have time or the desire to hunt down every article they’ve published crediting German thriftiness for their position in the world economy. If YOU read the Economist, another thing that could be inferred from your post, you’d have read what I read and it wouldn’t be necessary. Here’s one, though. Enjoy.

http://www.economist.com/node/15663362?story_id=15663362

John January 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Good article. And don’t sweat the critics. Anytime you undertake this sort of endeavor, especially one that criticizes the “hate the rich” victim-hood mentality, you will get all sorts of economics “experts” telling you why it’s “so and so’s” the have’s have more and the have-not’s don’t.
Bottom line is you nailed it on the head. Like the old saying goes, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” We are all where we are because of the choices we have made. In essence, our choices have made us.

justin January 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm
Mike January 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

God you are a douche nozzle Jeff! Where in ANY of my posts did I say, “that the Middle Class needs to spend its money to drive the economy.”? The answer is easy, I didn’t. What I said was, “higher minimum wages help increase the size of the middle class (who tend to spend what their incremental earnings rather than save it) which drives demand, sales, jobs, company profits, etc.” I was stating a fact that they TEND to spend their incremental wage increases, not stating it was necessary. Now if you want to argue that spending DOES NOT drive demand for goods and services, let’s go. And what is my “Bible newspaper” all-knowing Jeff? Tell me, because there are quite a few I happen to read…which one is my bible?

Mike January 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Jeff and Justin, based on your posts I have some reading for you as well…

Reading Comprehension Success in 20 Minutes a Day -http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Success-Minutes-Builders/dp/1576856763/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1328063496&sr=8-4

Lilly January 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’m in the 99%, and I strongly resent the Occupy movement message that they represent me.
I think 99% of the people who have money deserve every dime of it. They were smart, energetic, innovative, creative, ambitious, risk takers, planners.
They give directly to the charities that need the money. If the government takes it from them in the form of more taxes, they will have less to donate to the Food Bank, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc., and who knows where it will go when the government gets it. They pay what the government deems they should pay. Anyone else who had their money would do what they do to minimize their tax liability. How many out there do whatever they can to reduce their tax rate? Why should the successful do any differently? The greed is on the part of the have not’s. This Robin Hood plan of taking from the rich and giving to the poor is not the answer to the economy’s woes. The rich paying more taxes is not going to alleviate the burden on the middle class. Just remember who pays whenever the minimum wage is raised. People who don’t like making the minimum wage should implement more of the characteristics of the wealthy to move up and make more.
And why all this fuss over CEO pay? My goodness, the responsibilities they have; the knowledge, skills, and experience it took to get there; funny no one complains about the athletes make beau coup millions. Yes, they had to have knowledge, skills, and experience to get their salary; but they don’t have nearly the responsibilities of someone leading huge corporations.

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Mike, since you asked, here are your words: “higher minimum wages help increase the size of the middle class (who tend to spend what their incremental earnings rather than save it) which drives demand, sales, jobs, company profits, etc.” Yeah, I paraphrased, but I’m willing to let other readers judge whether or not I’m off the mark in comprehending your post. Maybe I am off the mark, but maybe that’s because you need a book on how to get your point across in 20 minutes a day.

Your personal insults and playground style name-calling pretty much say it all. Like I said, don’t be surprised that the Occupy movement doesn’t gain any traction. With tactics like that, it’s no surprise for sure. Since you’ve managed to miss a lot in your reading of the Economist, you might want to order that book from Amazon yourself. Good luck.

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

BTW Justin, great article. I saw it posted on FB by a friend, shared it, and another person shared it within minutes. It’s good advice. I reckon most people will ignore it because it’s not what they want to hear. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

Andres January 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I’m printing this right now. Nothing less than the truth right here and I’m gonna make myself part of the 1%.

Melanie Malarkey Forrest February 1, 2012 at 1:28 am

Justin – Well said! Couldn’t agree more!

Daniël Niks February 1, 2012 at 1:49 am

Great speech! If you are willing to work outside the boundaries of safety, like taking that 40 hour job at the supermarket, and dare to take risks by investing time and money into doing what you are truly passionate about then you are most likely to be rewarded as long as you do it right and consistently.

John February 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

Great post. I spent over 15 years in staffing and recruiting industry starting in day to day temp labor where I literary setup recruiting booths in soup kitchens and ended up recruiting high level executive positions and I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt and from first hand experience that right or wrong there is a mindset that will keep someone struggling and a mindset that will make someone successful, regardless of where they started.

Steph Davis February 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

AMEN. Great post, Justin.

Illy February 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Agree 100% – It drives me crazy when I find people that “can’t find jobs.” So? Create your own job. There are so many options out there. For example- with a very low investment, you can get involved with a direct sales company and be in business for yourself -in @ 15 minutes! People are so trained to have to work for others, they don’t even see other options or believe in them. Some would rather the comfort of NOT having control of their own destiny, but are then mad when those with the control don’t necessarily have their best interests in mind. It’s so easy to be a victim -because then nothing is your fault, there’s always the “evil empire” to blame!

Mike C February 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Justin,
I couldn’t agree any more about what you wrote. You hit the nail on the head in this article. People need to stop looking for handouts and pull themselves up by their bootstraps and start taking charge of their lives. I will be following your blog and ill be looking forward to more of your updates.

Marie Dina February 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

If I hadn’t read it myself, I could have written it. We work the long days all 7 days of the week to get ahead and people complain about us being greedy.
I’m not there yet, but soon I will be part of the 1%.
Best article I have read in a long time. Kudos..here, here. This Bud’s for you !

Gayle Marie February 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

Justin you said it and said it right..Great….thanks job!! well done.

Chris Verrone February 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Right On Justin!

David March 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This post describes exactly how I felt yesterday watching some protesters

I moved to Austin 2 days ago and am trying to further my own copywriting business. All these students were doing the ‘Occupy’ protests, and it was sad to watch.

Yes, it’s good to stand up for what you believe in. Yes, it’s good to learn and take action. But sitting on a street corner won’t change anything. If someone believes that they need to make more $$$, they should go and make more $$$.

The silver lining? If so many people think with this victim mentality, then they aren’t competing with producers. It’s good news for you, me, and the readers of this blog.

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1% or 99%. Do you think is an election? It’s more like gold fever, you can move a lot of people with the golden promise, but really there is no gold there

Pat B April 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

luh dis shit J Goff – you got it exactly right, keep doin your thing man

CY June 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm

As a well traveled non American, it feels funny to see how the protesters portrait themselves.

Look, many of them have shelf, well feed/clothed/educated. Heck, some even have fancy gadgets like Iphone/Ipad/I-whatever.

As compare to the less fortunate ones in other countries, they appear to be like 1% .

Hiltrud Roudette July 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

I am a 74 year young person, still in need of making money and my drive to do so is always there. You talk a lot about mind set and rich people have that mind set all there lives. No, I do not envy them they deserve there credit, It is they , that hire people to have a job. Maby a similar job they had years ago, woking 40 hours perday or more.
About taxes, if you are that stupid to pay the full tax rate without the deductions or loopholes, then you need to pay those taxes. So give the smart people credit.

Hiltrud Roudette July 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

I am German and not from this country. My englis gramar is not the best, please correct it.

Robin Mayim August 7, 2012 at 3:52 am

Wow!
This is mind-blowing….
U r damn right on every point.
A great piece, Justin. Keep me inspired.

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