“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Let me start by saying this is not a feel good post. This is a put on your boots and get working post. This is a stop finding excuses for being mediocre and start finding opportunities for change post.
Recently I had a conversation with a successful businessman who focuses his life and his wealth on helping the people of Guatemala. During our conversation I was struck with just how much opportunity exists for those living in America. Nothing frustrates me more than the “woe-is-me” mentality that many Americans possess. We live in a society that fosters opportunity and personal growth, unlike many other societies.
This gentleman was telling me about a non for profit organization that he set up in Guatemala to act as a money generator to fund the building of health clinics, schools, churches and houses. He is able to create farming jobs for the Guatemalan people while generating income with the non for profit that he uses to fund these other projects. A real win, win for all involved.
The common wage for someone doing this type of work in Guatemala is approximately $8 per DAY. In an attempt to better the lives of those working for this non for profit he wanted to pay them double what they would normally earn. The non for profit could still earn revenue while putting money back into the villages that the workers lived in.
He then told me that the government, however, would not allow this. WHAT? I could not believe what I was hearing. The government informed him that there was a MAXIMUM wage that this type of worker could make. Yes, a maximum wage. The opportunity that existed for the workers was capped by the government.
In contrast, the United States government has a minimum wage. The amount of which is continually increasing. The United States government limits the lack of opportunity while other countries limit the abundance of opportunity.
We live in a country with no limits! Opportunity abounds for all and the only thing keeping us from these opportunities is ourselves. So, will you think in terms of minimums or maximums? Will you allow your mindset to control your earning potential much like the Guatemalan government does their citizens? Remember, you live in a society that fosters opportunity, encourages growth and provides the platform to achieve your dreams! Others would and have died for the opportunities that we throw away daily. Do not take it for granted! To whom much is given much is required (Luke 12:48). No matter your current situation, if you are a U.S. citizen “much is given”. What will you do with it?
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