As I drive to work in my 300,000+ mile vehicle, I realize that, at the age of 28, I’m an old man. I listen to talk radio, yell at the stupid commercials, and glare at those “pesky teenagers bumping their techno-jazz-fusion-punk-rock music!” You know, unless they play a rap song from the early 2000′s, then I’m crankin’ that ish up and getting’ crunk! ….. But back to the talk radio.
On my way to work, I get to hear the exciting debate over the Seattle, WA minimum wage. If you’re not from here, you might not know it, but we boast one of the highest minimum wages in the country. The national minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and WA state is $9.32 per hour. Sure, it’s not a LOT of money, but you can earn some decent scratch working at that rate.
But no, that’s not good enough. We want people to do the same work and earn a crap ton more. How much more? Well, the current proposal is to bump the Seattle, WA minimum wage to $15 per hour.
What The What?
I know, that’s what I said. So here’s the deal, I’m not here to talk about the politics of the minimum wage, or even how much money workers should make in certain jobs. What I want to talk about is laziness.
Laziness is a life-sucking, motivation killing disease that infects your bones, rendering them inoperable. Your body can’t get up before 12pm and your activities cannot include anything productive. Laziness also comes with a side dish of entitlement, and a belief that doing more is a waste of time. Laziness is being defeated.
Life Is Too Short
Having lost 2 grandparents recently, I have been reflecting on the legacy they left behind. My grandpa was truly a man of great presence, full of generosity and laughter, truly someone who gave of himself until there was none left. He built his own dream home, and small cabin on a lake that still stands today, 50 years later. He provided for his 6 kids and wife by working sometimes several jobs at a time, never once questioning why he had to work so hard.
I remember one story when reading through the book he wrote, talking about how he would go away to school for a few weeks at a time. He found a job each time and worked part time after school each day. Let’s read that again. HE GOT A 2-3 WEEK PART TIME JOB EVERY FEW MONTHS WHILE HE WAS AWAY AT SCHOOL! I don’t know about you, but having to leave my family for continuing education every few months, my first inclination would not be “go find work to keep my bones from a laziness infection.”
My grandpa realized that we can waste our lives complaining about this or that, looking for an easy way out and generally hitting the bare minimum, or we can get up in the morning like we give a fuck.
Laziness And Your Finances
What I have found is that laziness and money seem to repel each other. I don’t recall a time in my life when I decided “you know what, screw trying. I’m going to keep doing the same thing and watch the money roll in!” Nope, it has never worked that way. In fact, I have found the opposite is true.
I’ve talked about in the past how we were barely getting by, but made it work being on a well-planned budget. When we got pregnant, I realized that I needed to increase our income to fulfill our dream of having my wife stay at home. What I DIDN’T DO was go to my job, demand they pay me double my wage for the same output and then build a publicity campaign around it because it was too hard to actually TRY! No. I immediately started looking at ideas for a second job, and ways to use my skills and time to make ends meet once my wife left the workforce.
I got my tax Enrolled Agent license and started preparing tax returns after hours and on weekends during tax season. I also started this website and built it into something that helps tens of thousands of people every month and brings in income as well. That determination seemed to rub off on my day job as well, scoring 3 promotions in 5 years. I’m not saying this can always happen, but I guarantee fighting laziness will be a catalyst to many awesome things in life that would normally pass your lazy self by.
$15 An Hour?
Motivation. It stems from having priorities and goals in your life. If you don’t have those, you can’t even possibly know what to do with your money. And if you don’t know what to do with your money, how is getting more of it actually going to help you get out in the world and kick some ass? $15 an hour sounds like a nice number to those stuck making a measly $9 per hour. But I guarantee those making $9 with a plan won’t be there for long. They might take on a second job to get full time hours. They may take on more responsibility because they know that it will leads to a promotion. They may just continue their diligent work while building a skill set on the side to get them into a more career-worthy position.
The point is, those with motivation will succeed, regardless of the government mandated minimum wage. And those whose subscribe to a philosophy of laziness will not, while continuing to demand more for less.
You have 80-ish years to build a legacy.
You have a choice.
Laziness or Success.