January 18, 2010
Okay, here is what gets me. You want to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees, but they have to work on Sundays. Listen to this, playoff games are played during the holidays. People want to be rich, but they don’t understand what the rich do. Middle class is easy to get in. That’s why it’s such a big arena. Poor class is easy to get in, because somebody else will always tell you what time to show up.
Okay, so here is a quick rundown on the three scenarios. The poor class is the guy working at McDonald’s during Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad McDonald’s gives people jobs, but go to McDonald’s during Christmas. They are actually open. That’s typical poor class. Somebody tells them, you will work or you will not get paid. Middle class, that is the guy that takes more days off during the holidays because they’re working and they’re making $25/$50 an hour. They make “good money”, so they deserve time off. Now look at the rich. The rich are on TV during the holiday season. They’re sitting there playing football, and he’s a quarterback, he’s an offensive lineman. And what is he doing? Not only is he working when nobody else is working, he’s working through holidays.
So, you ask me, Andy, you want me to work all the time? No, I do not want people to work all the time. I want to be able to take a month off, a week every month off, but you’ve got to earn it. A lot of people say you need family time balance. I believe in balance, but balance needs to be coordinated with work. Where are you on achieving your goals? In other words, have you hit your goals and now you’re there? You should take off vacations. You should take off holidays. Every Christmas, Thanksgiving, whatever, Hanukkah, take it all off if you are where you are supposed to be. I’m going to tell you this: It is hard to maintain any level. So, are you sure you are where you need to be? Because it’s going to drop a little bit if you don’t keep the pressure on.
Okay, poor guys. People tell them what to do, when to do it, or they’re going to lose their job. Middle class, they’ve got a little bit of flexibility. They don’t have to work at night. They don’t have to work on holidays. They don’t have to work on Sundays, they don’t have to work on Saturdays. Okay, wonderful, wonderful. The rich, sometimes they get unbalanced, so that they can kill it. You hear about these shows, these TV shows that movie stars do where they’re working 24 hours a day for three weeks straight. It does not matter what season it is. Even if it’s your kid’s birthday, during those three weeks you’ve got to be 24/7. Now, again, you say, “ But they don’t have a life.” Some of them have a good life, a family life. Some of them figure it out. A lot of it has to do with what you want, but don’t talk out of both sides of the mouth and say, I want it and then you’re plugging along — let’s say you’re writing insurance and you’re writing 5,000 a week, 5,000 a week. All of a sudden you take off two weeks in a row for Christmas when 5,000 a week barely paid your payments. Or maybe you’re writing 2,000 a week, 2,000 a week, and you are barely making all your payments and then you skip two weeks. When will you make it up? Everybody’s always going to make it up on the backside. Then you find yourself in a hole trying to dig yourself out.
What I am saying is that you have to decide where you want to be and then WORK to get there. And it takes WORK to stay there. Is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!