Saturday, March 27, 2010

Unemployment & The Power of Getting Off Of The Couch.

Okay, so the economy is in the shitter. I know. We all know. It's been a rough couple of years, the housing market crashed, Wall Street is corrupt and AIG robbed America. So I've heard. Unemployment is at an all time high, we have a rookie president in the White House and nothing but criticisms rocking our world.

But wait, rewind to that unemployment thing. Unemployment is at an all time high. Real quick, just for me, go to www.Craigslist.org. Pick any major city in the US. Any city; it can be large, small or mediocre. Ooops. Sorry, I meant medium. In the upper right hand corner of that Craigslist page, do you see the 'Jobs' link? Hit that. What pops up? Hundreds of jobs, posted every day. Now tell me again about that unemployment rate? I know how it goes. I really do -- I've been unemployed and desperate for rent/bills/etc, not to mention everything else I want. But let me tell you something; a small little secret, perhaps. IT'S ABOUT PRIDE. Put down your $5 coffee and let me explain.

There is something wrong about expecting your government to subsidize your unwillingness to work. There is something askew with our culture when foreigners are working while Americans are out of jobs... But it's not their fault. It is very much ours. Write a resume, fill out an application or just go in and beg for a job. If you're not qualified, get qualified. There are reasons strippers strip. There are reasons hookers hook and criminals have resorted to crime.

Of course this is rhetorical, but think about it: if there weren't an unemployment fund, what would you do? Sure seven dollars an hour won't buy me a pair of Christian Louboutins. But guess what? If I work hard enough at that $7-per-hour Mickey D's job, I'll get promoted. If I'm honest and willing to pick up shifts and just SHOW UP ON TIME, I will do well. And before you know it I'll be a manager earning $10 an hour. After I'm a manager long enough and I do a decent-enough job of managing my fellow hard-working American friends, I'll start applying for other jobs that pay more for a manager because guess what? I have managerial experience. And someone out there will pay me $13 an hour to be a manager. Or maybe I'll start my own business from my small savings and a business loan.

Have you ever thought about the 'American Dream'? Has it ever occurred to you that maybe the dream isn't an instant one? Maybe that dream only becomes a reality after some hard work and a lot of elbow grease?

Maybe if we stop expecting everyone else to catch us when we fall or to pay us more than we deserve, unemployment will go down. What if we stop expecting handouts and start working harder? What if we really earn what we're paid? Hmmmmm. Just think about it.

Now I'm going to work.