It is that time of year when many of us are with family and friends; and we welcome the opportunity to gather around a bountiful feast and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.
Over the next few days, as I participate in the activities of the season and give thanks to my family, friends, and business associates, I am also going to be thankful for the desire to make money. It is a good habit of thought to have and I am thankful I can foster this habit in you, my readers.
As I am out and about, speaking, teaching, and working in the marketplace, I see a majority of people plod through life and view the activity of making money as a necessary evil to pay the bills. However, according to a recent survey of people who have a J.O.B. (and are Just Over Broke), many feel overworked, underpaid, and concerned over the loss of JOB security. With this outlook, no wonder so many barely have enough money to pay the bills; feel like they are in the poor-house; and unable to make donations, contribute to charities, and help the poor.
So, to you my readers, I am thankful for the opportunity to share with you a secret about money.
Money follows passion, enthusiasm, and joy however it is most attracted to people who have passion and enthusiasm for it and derive joy from obtaining it; and are then empowered to contribute to charities, make donations, and help the poor.
For reasons not yet clear to me, there is a concerted social and political effort working tirelessly to make you feel bad about yourself if you have raw, naked, unadulterated financial ambition.
This negative influence is woven through public education, academia, organized religion, politics, popular media, and is embedded in the minds of most of the people circling around you such as family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
This is also why the official story of Thanksgiving is nothing like what really happened.
According to the governor of the colony, William Bradford in his History of Plymouth Plantation, the colonists went hungry for years because many refused to work in the fields. They preferred to steal their food. He says the colony was riddled with corruption, confusion, and discontent. As a result, the crops were small and much of it was stolen during the night, and by day.
In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, their hungry bellies were filled however for only a brief time. Most of the time, the poor conditions in the colony led to famine and death. As a result, the first “Thanksgiving” was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal seemingly among condemned men and women.
In subsequent years, something changed. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, instead of famine God gave them plenty. In 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.
What happened that allowed this to happen?
After the poor harvest of 1622, Bradford writes that they asked themselves how they could obtain a more bountiful crop; and they began to question their form of economic organization.
Their initial economic society was an early form of socialism. It required that all outputs and profits from farming, trade, work, and fishing were to be placed in the common stock of the colony. All people in the colony were to take their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock. As such, a person was to put into common stock all he could and take out only what he needed. (Does this sound like the debate underway circa 2013 around the Affordable Care Act?)
To put in all he can and take out only what he needs, is indeed an early form of socialism. Young men that were more able and fit complained about being forced to spend their time and strength to work for the provisioning, feeding, and clothing of other men’s wives and children with no greater share of their output than those who were weak. As a result, the young and strong refused to work, or worked at a reduced rate, and the total amount of food produced was never adequate. (Does this sound like the situation today approximately 400 years later still in the U.S.A. when close to 50M or 1 out of every 6 people in the USA is on food stamps?)
To rectify this situation, in 1623, Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away, as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market and that was the end of famines.
Many of the early colonists’ setup socialist states and all experienced the same results. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men and the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. Under this type of economic organization, the Jamestown colony that was established in 1607 was so poorly nourished and unable to take care of itself that over the fierce winter of 1609-10, the population fell from 500 to just 60 colonists.
The Jamestown colony then converted to a free market and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth. The colony secretary reported in 1614 that after the switch there was plenty of food. It was reported that they reaped much more corn from the labor of three men than 30 men when the socialist system prevailed.
Before these free markets were established, the colonists had nothing for which to be thankful. After the free markets were established, the resulting abundance was so dramatic that the annual Thanksgiving celebrations became common through the colonies; and in 1863, Thanksgiving became a national holiday.
The real reason for Thanksgiving … that was deleted from the official story … is that Socialism does not work. The one and only source of abundance is free markets… and we can thank God that we live in a country where we can have free markets.
Let me say that again … the REAL reason for Thanksgiving is be thankful for FREE markets because Socialism does not work
Finally, it is indeed almost Turkey Day... which means you are most likely going to be spending a lot of time in airports, or hiding out from relatives, or relaxing on the couch … all of which are great times to catch up on some reading, reflecting on our lives, and giving thanks.
Actually, there's just something about waking up from a turkey-induced coma that can give you a completely fresh perspective.
So … here is one more perspective and the final item for you to think about during this season for us to Be Thankful.
It is a great story from Earl Nightingale about the pastor who stopped alongside the road and walked over to speak with a farmer at work. The pastor praised the magnificent farm God had blessed the farmer with. The farmer replied, “Yes, I have been blessed. But you should have seen this place when God had it all to himself.”
This is a poignant reminder of this message … our self-esteem comes from our self-accomplishment.
Yes, this is a time to Be Thankful. We have our dignity, our acquired skills, our willingness to work, and it is also a time to be Thankful for the desire to make money.
I am also Thankful for having the opportunity to provide you my reader, this tip during both these troubled times and this time of giving Thanks … so the best career tip I can provide is to learn how to become an entrepreneur, get self employed, and work anywhere. I spend my time helping others like me, corporate types and baby boomers retool their career, rebuild their life, and restore their financial success.
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It is also a good time to thank my family, my friends, my business associates, my readers, and all those who have been inspired by my work and benefited by our interactions. God bless all of you!
Together, let us Be Thankful for the abundance we have and the abundant future in front of us.
Now go out there and have a Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy “Turkey Day!”
Let me conclude this post with a message from a naval aviator friend of mine … no matter what flight plan you are on, fly high, fly fast, and fly far … and be sure to file your new flight plan with me here … Passionate Professionals… Rebuilding Careers!
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