“That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
In America, trying to “make it” can prove difficult. If you decide to go to school, to make a prosperous career, even with a degree it is a huge risk. For my bachelors, it cost me over twenty thousand dollars, and I am still paying it back. I know many people who have masters, and do not even use the degree they have attained because either their field is not hiring at the moment, or they plain just don’t like the job. Because let’s face it, no-one can really know what a job is like until they work it. It is unfortunate that schools have turned into businesses, because in my experience, anything that focuses on profit, may not always have your best interest in heart. Not saying school is bad, in fact, it increases your chances of attaining a wonderful career a hundred fold.
So you decide not to go into the educational field, and save yourself thousands and thousands of dollars. What kind of job can you do? I guess there are a lot of ways to make money, if one is creative enough, maybe you could even start your own business doing something. So you start a business, put in thousands of hours in work and time. You invest in property, licenses, because deep down you believe you will make it. You take a loan out from the bank, and understand profits will not come for maybe a couple years. You have put everything on the back burner for your entrepreneur adventure, including your family and health. You have studied the books, and you have dreams of good income and being your own boss. Perhaps you do make it, and the money starts coming in, but the odds are against you. And the frustration hits when you realize you would have been more profitable if you just watched Opera all day for the last three years relaxing on the couch, instead of sacrificing everything. You begin to wonder if you can ever bounce back….
I have lived both scenarios. In fact, I am presently living both now. The mountain of debt that faces me climbs everyday, and hard work is not always (sometimes rarely) rewarded. I am sure many of you (if not all of you) are facing similar circumstances.
We have to unite, and support each other. Find solutions and fix some of the things that have gone off track. I wish I could say I have solutions now, but even right now as I write this, while I create my websites, get my masters, and work a job that keeps me alive and not much else, I feel the growing frustration seep into my heart.
Let me hear what you have to say, let us open a discussion so we can all learn from each other.
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