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Dear #FightFor15 Whiners: Stop Protesting. Start Earning...
Dear self-made losers,
Yes, anyone who picks up a sign, scribbles up a hashtag, then demands more money out of a sense of entitlement, is a loser. It pains me to say it so bluntly but... just kidding. Seems the only thing you people do well, is nothing. Granted, in this domain your accomplishments are unparalleled. Take a bow.
Here's the good news, my lovelies: you're losers now but you don't have to be. See, and you just thought I was going to berate you with insults. Plot twist.
What you have proven in these epic displays of cry-baby tactics is that you have passion. But your passion is misplaced. Like the act of caring, having passion is useless unless you do something meaningful with it. Lemme break it down for you:
Meaningful passion: finding something you love/enjoy and working toward it, with the intention of bettering yourself and your own way of life.
Misplaced passion: protesting to be paid an arbitrary dollar amount for an entry-level, low-skilled job just because you feel entitled to it. Or because you heard someone else say you deserved more money for the same, low-level job.
What you're doing with these #FightFor15 protests, these demands you get paid more because FAIRNESS is show how terribly thoughtless and lazy you are. Not what I'd recommend putting on a resume, FYI. Or telling a potential employer in an interview. Yes, I'll breakdown the why of it in a second, but first let's address your screaming.
The minimum wage isn't a living wage. It was never intended to be (read Shocker! Economists Find Raising the Minimum Wage Doesn't Help). So if you're out there thinking "I can't survive on minimum wage," then congratulations. You understand something. Baby steps.
Entry-level, low-skilled jobs are for entry-level, low-skilled workers. Also known as young workers. New workers. High school students. People working as they go to college. People who've never worked before. People who are working at a low skilled job as they search for a career. Does this sound like you? Cool, keep reading. Also, here's a table for you. See how minimum wage workers break down by age...
Notice something? The older you get, the more experience you acquire, the better chance you'll move out of a minimum wage job. Also, here's another funny thing, education plays a roll as well. Behold another table showing how minimum wage can affect how much you earn.
The more you learn, the more you tend to earn. The more you work, the more experience in the work force you gain, the better the chance you'll rise out of the minimum wage job into a better paying one.
If you've been working a minimum wage job for years and years, I have some bad news for you: you might not have what it takes to move up in your field. Reasons for this? You're terrible at your job. It's even possible people don't like working with you because you're a gossip, a drama queen, or *insert reason here*. Nine times out of ten, you're the problem.
It is up to you, current loser, to become better. It is up to you, current loser, to learn, to develop skills, to work hard in order to raise your own wage. As already proven with aforementioned data. No, that doesn't mean you have to get a degree. Go to a trade school. As our studmuffin Mike Rowe has said multiple times, there are plenty of jobs out there if you're willing to work for them! Take that for the good news it is.
You know why some people succeed and others fail? Because the successful decided, on their own, that minimum wasn't good enough. They wanted more. The difference between them and you is where they placed their efforts. Rather than petitioning, rather than hashtagging, they made plans for themselves. They had goals. One goal being: "I want to make more money and live a better life. I want a better job." These earners had foresight.
So they worked. They worked well. They excelled. If they flipped burgers, they flipped the best burgers. They served customers with a smile. If they brewed coffee, they made the best coffee. They didn't get angry at a customer for a complicated order. They smiled. They said "challenge accepted." Never once did they feel entitled to what someone else had.
Instead of making demands on a business to pay them more, these successful people placed demands on themselves. SECRET REVEALING TIME: Your work value is determined by how much someone else is willing to pay for it. You may believe you're worth $15/hour. But if that business can find a machine to do the job in your stead, guess what? You're not worth $15/hour. Read Minimum Wage Hikes Result in McDonalds Closing Doors. We Told You...
It takes some people years to raise themselves to higher positions. It takes some people months. But these people got it the exact same way: working well, working hard, having a vision for their life which didn't include whining on a national scale. They had positive attitudes, grateful spirits, honed skills. Where you have entitlement, they had ambition.
You current losers, you people demanding more money for low skilled jobs, have neither positive attitudes, grateful spirits, or honed skills. That is your problem. I get it. It comes pre-packaged with leftism. Good news? All fixable. Also, read Is Liberalism Killing the Manly Man? Spoiler alert: it is.
So knock it off with the excuses. If you're living in an area where it's hard to find work? Move. If you're living in an area where it's too expensive to live? Move. If you can't afford to eat out? Don't. Budget. If your dream job is unavailable at the moment, get a job which isn't your dream job until you can get your dream job (read Yelp Employee Whines about 'Wage Gap' Online. Boss Catches Her...).
Stop looking to government to solve your problems (read Dear Liberals: Your Cult-like Faith in Government is Disturbing...). Start looking to yourself to be the solution. You can. You can be amazing. But you have to decide you're amazing first. Be incredible at what you do, work hard, strive for your best. Pretty soon you'll use your #Fightfor15 sign as fire-starter.
Written by Courtney Kirchoff