1/3 of Americans couldn’t
come up with $2,000 in the event of a financial
Source: NY Federal Reserve study, March 2017
Sissies and whiners.
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.”
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.
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
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
No matter what your health problems are or how
many hours you work, your life is 10 times easier than your
To Your Success,
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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