I have a few hundred friends on Facebook after the great purge of 2011 when I reduced my numbers from anyone I ever met to people I may ever see again. Of those people, I don’t subscribe to most of them, so they don’t appear in my newsfeed. Of the ones I do follow, a few are close friends, family, or my favorite group of people: the business guys.
Yesterday, one of the business guys shared a story on his timeline about the minimum wage being raised to $15 an hour. I have a real issue with the minimum wage as it is, but then the excuses started flying from his Facebook friends as to why it’s a good or bad idea to raise it.
I can’t help but laugh at some of the reasons people give to raise the minimum wage.
They must have a minimum wage mindset.
What is the minimum wage mindset?
Having a minimum wage mindset is one where the person would rather blame other people or the government instead of owning up to whatever their situation is. They have an excuse for everything not going right for them. They are natural complainers. They are content with being on the bottom.
What have they been doing for the past 16+ years that they have to settle for the minimum?
My first job ever was a few months after I turned 16 years old. I got a job as a cashier at Walmart that paid a whopping $8.40 an hour.
After working there for a few months, I got a second job during the summer at Burger King. That lasted all of 2 weeks because it wasn’t worth my time for the $6.25 or whatever the minimum wage was at the time to work a 2-hour shift in the middle of my Saturday.
After I got out of the Marine Corps in January 2014, I got a random job cleaning a gym. I didn’t need the job, I just wanted to fill my days of sitting around collecting my terminal leave checks. I have yet to spend any of the money I made during the few weeks of cleaning shitters, I just opened a bank account and let it marinate.
Long story short, there is no shortage of the supply of jobs out there as long as they have some sort of skillset to strive for higher.
Hell, they can even stretch their resume to make it sound better than it actually is. A quick Google search of “free resume building class” returned millions of results, so that’s not an excuse.
It’s pretty funny really, people with a minimum wage mindset will have an excuse for EVERYTHING. I could sit down with someone and tell them exactly how to turn $100 into $300 over the course of a month and they would say they don’t have the time to do it.
You could show one of these people how to get a grant from the government or a student loan and they would have an excuse as to why they can’t fill out the form.
Get a bit of grit.
Grit. I love the word grit. The definition of grit is “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”. Other words associated with grit are perseverance, ambition, and resilience. For my own personal sake, I include confidence and achievement in the mix.
Those with a minimum wage mindset lack grit.
Or we could call them lazy. Or lackadaisical. Or spineless. Instead of whining all evening after they pulled 9 hours of burning French fries, they could take night classes funded via a loan. Instead of going out at night because they don’t have to work the next day, they could read a book, build a skill set up and strive for higher.
Instead, they choose to wait for the rest of the world to change to fit their needs.
How much more lazy could they get?
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