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Stop Whining. You’ve Got It So Much Easier than You Know


by Glenn Shepard
April 4, 2017
Category: Management




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1/3 of Americans couldn’t come up with $2,000 in the event of a financial emergency.
Source: NY Federal Reserve study, March 2017

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Sissies and whiners.

That’s what we’re turning in to in America.

In his best-selling book “Shut Up, Quit Whining, and Get a Life”, my esteemed colleague Larry Winget wrote “People are becoming more and more tolerant of whiners. It is so commonplace we hardly notice it anymore.”

He’s right.

We became a Jerry Springer nation in the 1990’s when trash television talk shows became all the rage. People love to whine and some of them apparently love listening to others whine.

Somewhere along the way, we took it further.

If a Martian just landed and watched American TV, he’d think we’re either a nation of hypochondriacs, or of medical maladies. Every day there seems to be a new sickness de jour. Watch commercials and you’ll find a treatment for whatever ails you.

In the last week alone, I saw commercials touting pills for allergies, arthritis, ADD, SAD (seasonal affective disorder), depression, diarrhea, constipation, dry eyes, gas, hair loss, heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insomnia, se*ually transmitted diseases, toenail fungus, restless leg syndrome, vaginal dryness, and erectile dysfunction.

I once found myself actually craving a little purple pill and don’t even know what it does. It just looked so appetizing with the three gold pinstripes on it.

I used to feel left out when the dot-com boom of the 1990’s created so many billionaires and asked myself “Why aren’t I a billionaire?”

Now I feel left out because I’m missing out on the pill popping. Maybe there’s something wrong with me for not thinking there’s something wrong with me. I actually have “Pill Envy”.

Who could possibly feel like working when we’re so sick? And who could find the time when we’re so busy popping pills?

Even perfectly healthy people who only work 40 hours a week whine about how “overworked” they are. But they don’t have a clue how easy our lives are in comparison to our grandparents and their grandparents.

In 1800, the standard workday in the U.S. was 14 hours.

In 1840, it was limited to 10 hours.

It wasn’t until 1938 that the 5 day, 40 hour workweek was established.

Our forefathers had plenty of ailments too, but they didn’t have pills to make it all better – and still worked a whoooooooooole lot more hours than we do.

No matter what your health problems are or how many hours you work, your life is 10 times easier than your predecessors.

To Your Success,


Glenn Shepard

P.S. Even today, people die from routinely working 100 hours a week in Japan, often without overtime pay. They call it Karoshi, which means “Death by Overwork”. In 2015, the government reported 96 workers died as a result of Karoshi, and another 93 committed suicide because of it.

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