Life Definitely Ain’t Fair
(One of the 83 quick and practical life & work lessons from Sh*t Sandwich: Quick & Practical Success Lessons for Practically Anyone.)
Shit Sandwich Lessons for You
Did you really think the last lesson was for you to share with 1st graders? What are you trying to do, scar them for life?
When your kids are ready – but definitely before they ever get into high school, share the lessons. Reinforce the lessons. Find real-world examples of the lessons. Until then, here are the same lessons, only written for you, the adult:
- Life isn’t fair. Suck it up! You can do everything right and still not get promoted. It’s nothing personal; but if you don’t like it, change jobs, change your attitude; in other words: make a change for yourself or stop complaining.
- You cannot get more than you give. But, you can sure get less than you give. Sometimes you work really hard and you get paid a ton of money. Other times, you work really hard and you get laid off. In the long run, working hard has always paid better than doing nothing; so the odds are with the really hard workers. It’s called eating a shit sandwich.
- In the end, your word and your reputation are all you have. Cherish being honest.
- Democracy sucks. As Winston Churchill has been credited with saying, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried…” You may not like our system of government, but it sure beats the hell out of all the other iterations ever imagined. Instead of trying to undermine it, work to make it better.
- Crapitalism sucks. To twist Churchill’s words a bit, “Crapitalism is the worst economic system… except for all the other forms that have been tried.” While the utopian promise of socialism and communism sure seem great on paper, the truth is that neither system has ever created a happier populace than good old American Crapitalism. Greed, corruption and even human suffering are exponentially greater in countries that operate without Crapitalism. For you, this means ‘no excuses.’ Crapitalism rewards personal responsibility and hard work… maybe not right away, but in the long run.
- The world needs ditch diggers, too. Not all of us are going to be Bill Gates. In fact, some of us are going to have some pretty shitty jobs no matter which economic system we aspire to employ. Accept the fact that your job is to dig ditches, and dig them better and faster than anyone else before you. After all, digging ditches is but one tiny step in a lifelong journey and truly successful people never allow themselves to be defined by any job.