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Depend On You

Author : Russell Kay

Submitted : 2010-09-04 01:46:20    Word Count : 790    Popularity:   148

Tags:   toys, action figures, Ka-Razy, Krazy, Kings, Crazy, Rocky, economy, jobs, employment

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Recently at my day job, one of my co-workers keeps complaining to me about how hard things have been for her and her boyfriend "due to the economy".
I couldn't help but find myself utterly baffled by many things she said:

First of all, she complains quite a bit about where we work...citing how much it keeps going downhill because it's always the same upper management, and how there's no room to rise up in the company apparently. She then told me how hard she's been hit financially, and what a difficult time her boyfriend is having finding a job--it's worth noting by the way that the guy applied to "a whole 35 places".
I honestly couldn't get over what I'd heard, and the amazing inconsistencies in it. First off, if the turnover rate at our job is so incredibly bad, why would anyone stick around? In my case, I really am not bothered by the problems enough to leave, as I already run my own business, and am just sticking around 'til it gets off the ground. But what shocked me even more, was that she was disgusted by being unable to "move up" in the company due to tight upper management. Well, once again...if the place is so lousy, why would one even want to move up?

Now, regarding her boyfriend....35 places? Really, that's it? Geez....I was looking for a job when I first moved out here--during a good economy, no less--and I had 35 applications submitted within the first 2-3 days; did I happen to mention I was submitting applications for about 3 weeks before about 10 places called me up? It's also worth noting that having moved two states over made it a lot harder for the places to want to give me a chance, as they didn't want to call long-distance to get my referrals. By the time I was done, I'd probably submitted easily over 100 applications at bare minimum.

For those wondering, yes..I did indeed try to tell her this. Regrettably, she wouldn't listen cause...you know: I'm just that one person who managed to do well with what I had, whereas "the economy is so bad, and things are so tough".

The biggest problem I have with this argument is simply if you do enough research on economic uptimes and downtimes, you may be surprised to see how many bad economies there really have been...and how long a good economy really lasts before a bad economy comes. Yeah, good economies don't tend to last too long; if one goes for even 4-7 years, consider it an absolute miracle cause it's the "odd man out".
I also have to ask one simple question: why depend on someone else for one's success? If a person can't even trust oneself to succeed on his/her own, no employer will either.

No, I'm not some "miracle" case who just got lucky, and "cheated the system", or something. I am where I am because I give it my all each and every day, and never settle for less than highest possible achievement, goals, and results. I don't depend on others for my success in the world, and I likewise don't blame others when things go downhill as I know I have what it takes to overcome the setback, and keep pursuing my goals.

It's really simple: if you want success in the world, depend on yourself to do what has to be done. Don't blame the economy, lousy companies, or anything else for your setbacks.

As Rocky Balboa even said it best in his self-titled 6th movie installment: "Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!"

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Russell Kay resides in Sandusky, Ohio, and is the Co-Owner of www.krazykingsoftoys.com. He is an avid fan of the study of economics, citing one of his favorite economists as Thomas Sowell, and admits to enjoying reading up on the subject almost every day. He is also a very avid fan of toy collecting, and history.
He can be reached at krazykings@krazykingsoftoys.com


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