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 The Economist 

 

Remaining as a low class employee may be the best option

 

So did you find a great job and you have the best metrics?

Slow down.

The difference between staying at the same job and making a career is huge.

You would instinctively think the second option is much better but is not.

There are things nobody tells you about growing at your job.

 

Time

 

I have friends that only work for 8 hours and then they completely unplug.

They stay the required hours at the office and then enjoy doing other activities not caring about work.

When they are off, work stays at work and that little idea is the difference between having a career versus just working a job.

If something difficult happen being you just an employee and you are on a day off you will learn about that when you got back next Monday.

Once you reach a certain rung on the work, you will be aware of everything that happens at the office, even if is your day off because they will call you home and make you go there to solve it.

At this point there is no longer ‘work stays at work’ thing, for better or worse, your work is part of your life.

The higher you climb, the more people ask you opinion before taking a decision.

Every person that adds you to the list of people they ask, represent less time you have to perform your own duties.

People with just a plain 9 to 5 job would never understand this until they live it.

When you commit to a company everything in your life becomes a delicate and precise balancing time act: eating, visiting friends, even sleeping.

That ability to manage that time is what sets you apart from everyone else but also makes you lose the real life.

We are not here on this life for very long and the more you get done at work, the less you do with your personal life.

 

Hobbies

 

I used to gardening before being hired by the multinational I work for.

If you visit my garden today you will notice that has changed.

 

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I was able to take care of my flowers a lot because I worked eight hours and had plenty of time to kill when I clocked out.

That’s the upside to being just another face performing basic functions.

The more responsibility I took on, the more of my life that job took up and there’s no such thing as a day off.

A job is something you tolerate; a career is something you live.

Now my hobby is my job and about flowers all I do is taking some random pictures of my garden.

 

You cannot be absent

 

If you work at a fast food restaurant and you get sick someone else can do your part, even the manager can jump into your spot.

The higher you climb on the corporate chain; the results get progressively worse for being absent.

If you go on vacation for example, when you are back almost everything went upside down.

Tons of work was piled up for you because nobody else has the skills or training to do it.

When you are not at the office there is an enormous hole that isn’t getting filled and all that work is waiting for you when you come back.

You have a very specific skill set that cannot be replaced and that’s why yours is called a career, while others are working a job.

 

Learn to enjoy

 

You have two options, keep working a job 9 to 5 or learn how to enjoy working a 16 hour day.

If you select the second option most of your friends and family won’t understand you.

With their framed minded idea of a crappy job they will tell you things like ‘You have to relax’ or ‘You need to enjoy life’.

Well I enjoy working now, you losers.

 

 

 

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Forbes

 

Being rich is not that easy

 

I’ve born rich, rise rich and have enough intellectual resources to stay rich for the rest of my life.

I’m rich and I’m not going to pretend I’m poor to be accepted by mediocre people but let me be honest with you, being rich is not all fun and games.

 

Travel

 

Growing up in a rich family you get to travel a lot.

Nobody ask you if you want to travel, and in that case where you want to go.

They just force you to travel because it gives you and especially it gives them, status.

But when you are a kid you don’t get to enjoy the same things as adults so the memories you keep are always traumatic.

During my childhood my parents took me every summer to an expensive resort at the wonderful city of Cabo.

All I can remember is the pain of being stung by jellyfishes.

Eleven consecutive years spending the complete summer at the extraordinary Capella Pedregal and the only clear memory I have is being sucked by sea bugs.

Another scheduled trip was every July to Disney World, the happiest place on Earth…

What I remember about Disney? Exhaustingly long wait lines to access the games, melting hot weather and throwing up after every single roller-coaster ride.

 

Kidnaps

 

When I was 7 my mother explained that she would never pay my ransom if I were kidnapped.

The reason was that we were a very wealthy family, which actually doesn’t make any sense to me today.

Ever since, I wake up every day fearing about being an easy target to captors with my mother warning lauding inside my head.

It doesn’t mean that if you are rich your parent do not love you but you end up understanding that they didn’t get rich by investing in feeling related possessions.

If your family is rich is mostly because they are cold hearted business people.

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If they were to pay every time you were kidnapped they would just be encouraging other kidnappers until eventually the cost would outweigh the benefit and you would finally be a free kid living in a broken family.

That’s exactly what my mother was protecting me for.

Right?

 

Murders

 

Inside every wealthy child is a chemical reaction waiting to happen.

All of the vitamin fortified meals they gave you have the potential to mix together and awaken a strength you never knew you had.

It’s a strength you always wanted and was available all along.

And that strength can save you.

It can break knots in the middle of the night, and it can leap on the back of a grown man, wrapping its powerful tiny arms around his neck until he falls silently to the ground as the other kidnappers sleep.

Remember, if you are rich you have to be prepared to kill people and that could be very stressful.

 

Maps

 

At some point of your life, every well-to-do family person will end up in the middle of the woods at night after choking someone out in a cabin.

When you find yourself surrounded by wilderness and trying to get home, your best friend is a map.

That explains why poor people don’t understand maps and rich people do.

Anyway, maps are very boring and in the event you have to use them to survive, they are also hard to follow.

 

Lies

 

People don’t like rich people.

When the world knows you are wealthy, everyone will be looking for reasons to hate you.

They see you as the antithesis to the effort reward relationship on which poor people are based.

You have everything and you don’t care.

The only way you can make friends is lying.

We have to make up stories about how we pay for travel or expenses rather than telling the truth.

Don’t worry, you will eventually get used to live a life of fictional adventure and we will not ruined your secret.

Because being wealthy has its rewards, but being able to create your own imaginary world, that’s priceless.

 

 

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The Economist 

 

Born poor, die poor. Social mobility doesn’t exist

 

If you think that a salary rise, a job promotion or hitting the lotto are steps towards upward social mobility, you are wrong.

Those events may change your income but will not change your social class.

God says: Whoever has, will be given more and whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them; Mark 4,25.

And that is how society works, class status is determined by birth.

All the propaganda about opportunity and merit determining status is baloney.

You may not have the same kind of job or even income as your father, but you have the same social status.

The nonexistence of social mobility isn’t exclusive to our country, even in societies with more equitable wealth distribution, the class structures are fixed.

A study held by the International University of Monaco has demonstrated that people who came from aristocratic families have 98% more chance to appear among the ranks of the richest than those with slaves surnames.

 

 

Every now and then we have some kind of propaganda trying to convince us that social mobility is possible.

We feel good about that utopic idea but does it really exist such thing as social class changes? Not really.

We need to accept who we are and the class we belong to.

We live in an economic system that needs everybody to perform different activities.

Social mobility doesn’t matter, we need to accept that everyone belongs to his family status and be proud of that.

It isn’t the changing of class that is important but the style of living within the classes.

This need to be understood by those lefty hippies that came up with such thing as social mobility theory.

They want everyone to go to college and get a degree as if that will make people happy.

Poor people don’t go to college because they hate education and that’s fine.

Nature knows better and there is a reason why poor people don’t like to read.

As a society we need people that dedicate their lives to clean houses and serve food and those people believe it or not, are as important as us.

Social mobility doesn’t matter, if we want to understand how society really works, just look at how much fun people have and how much time they spend with friends

It’s not the promise of social mobility that’s important, it’s just the quality of life enjoyed in each social class.

Being different is good.

 

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 Businessweek

The benefits of being poor

 

We all noticed that being poor has gotten popular lately, some say because the failing economy has put poverty in our minds but I think it’s because being poor is cool.

We know that being rich is hard to find a moment to enjoy life among having to tell your employees what to do, your household help what to do, and your broker how to invest your money.

It’s true we spend several hours each day exercising, listening to audio books, reading nonfiction, making happy birthday calls, networking, and going out to lunch with other rich colleagues but what poor people can’t understand is that isn’t all that what we truly consider recreation.

We perform all these activities to improve ourselves, they are investments.

Some of the people I network with can be the most absolute bores but they are rich, powerful and classy as me so that’s why I keep related to them. They make us richer every day and that’s what count.

On the other side, poor people do not listen to audio books; they don’t talk business at lunch and don’t share investment advices with friends and even if that’s useless from a financial standpoint their activities are way funniest and careless.

 

Weight loss

Think about all the weight you could lose if you couldn’t afford all the delicious meals you enjoy every day.

It’s really hard to have the necessary self-discipline to avoid a meal but if you are poor you don’t need that discipline simply because you don’t have food.

Imagine if the financial circumstances make it impossible for you to eat; it would be like having your own personal diet coach, and having it for free!

 

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Poor people don’t have business meetings, work conferences or job training all day long; they just have free time to spend inside their little houses.

Without obligations to their shareholders, partners and regional managers, they can just take off spontaneously and take naps on their small beds.

 

Misconceptions

Poor people have the wrong idea that being rich is a piece of cake but we know it is absolutely exhausting.

We have so many possessions to manage and worry about, many businesses to keep going and inversions to preserve that we are always trying to figure out how to simplify our lives because it’s very time consuming having to manage a fortune.

Poor are extremely lucky, they don’t have nothing to simplify because their lives are naturally simple since they don’t possess anything and they have nothing to care about.

We are all day trying to prioritize and decide how to spend the little free time we have in our hands; poor people don’t have that struggle, they can spend the entire day doing nothing thanks to their lack of possessions.

Sometimes when I listen other rich people trying to build orphanage in Africa or get financial aid to poor countries I realize how mean they are, why would they like to take all this happy poor people out of poverty and take away the reason of their happiness.

 

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It’s also true that poor people can easily became rich just by stop doing poor people activities like not going to work or not investing wisely but clearly they don’t want to.

They are poor because they want to, and that’s because they know that it’s so much fun.

That’s why they don’t travel, don’t learn languages and are always thinking about mundane things like being hungry or paying bills.

 

Poor people have everything we have, just smaller

Poor people have a lot less money than we do to spend on their houses so their houses are not as nice as ours.

Maybe they only have one house or they can only afford one or two bedrooms in that little house but all those details are not important.

If you have the right perspective, you can be as comfortable as you are without having 3 rooms to select where to sleep every night.

My point is, poor people always make a big deal about not being able to afford this or that when the truth is that they can have anything that we have, just smaller.

They may not be able to afford a nice car but why can’t they be happy using the bus? Not everything needs to be done the way we do it, trust me.

 

Success

 

Being poor is something you have to be grateful for because being poor empowers and motivates. If you’ve got nothing then you’ve got nothing to lose.

The biggest deterrent of success is fear and you can avoid the fear of losing money by being poor.

Poverty also harnesses your talents because without money you have to use them to survive and that boosts ambition.

When you grow up having everything you don’t have a reason to effort because feeling material fulfillment lead us to believe that there is nothing else to achieve in life.

Poor people don’t get that feeling and there’s where ambition comes from.

 

Conclusion

As a conclusion we can say that the only difference between being poor or rich is the thoughts.

While poor people are always thinking about paying bills, what  to eat and looking for a better job, rich people are think about investments, avoid anyone who isn’t rich or writing articles about poor people.

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