January 22, 2007
Dream. And dream big.
Originally published September 29, 2005
I don't believe since childhood that I ever walked into a room full of strangers and thought that anyone in that room was "better" than I am. Some of the people may have donned fancier clothes and had more money or education than I did, but that didn't impress me. I've known a LOT of educated, rich idiots.
I've always thought that if they just threw a ball up for grabs, I could fight for it with the best of them. Most of the time, I was right.
I bless my parents (especially my father) for teaching me to think that way. He never took a back seat to anybody in his life, and he served as an example to show me and my brother some valuable lessons. If you boil it all down, his advice was simple:
* Get an education. Learn everything that you can.
* Stand up for yourself. Don't let people push you around.
* Always remember that EVERYBODY shits between two shoes, no matter how rich they are. Money does not make a man.
* Don't EVER expect something for nothing.
* You get what you work for. If it was easy, any asshole could do it.
I think that's damn good advice. It's served me well in MY life, and wish that more people today taught those simple lessons to THEIR children.
The world would be a better place.
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