All we need is confidence
For too long now we have all held our heads low and complained about the effects of the “Global crisis” and how it affects us and our pockets.
From where I am standing the biggest problem we are all having is confidence.
True, confidence will not make us any money, however it can help us with the current crisis we face by allowing us to be a little bit braver and try just that little bit harder, if we do not then we will all go down the tube wallowing in our own self pity, we have to be confident and make those around us feel the same confidence, this in turn will create an aura that people can literally see and feel.
This is when the money will come.
Why do people not like going to an aged care home, why?
Because we feel it is futile, it is a place where it all ends. Funerals are another place that people are nervous about.
We all are going to have one sometime, that is why when we are flat or out of sorts we give off a negative energy and this is a reflection of everywhere and everyone right now.
So let’s get with the program, lift our heads up and do what we have to do to make it work for us... that goes for the financial institutions right down to the 2nd clothing store.
The way we are going now there will be nothing left to ride out, we are the only ones who can make it happen, right here and right now. So what are we waiting for… a sign… you are the sign or maybe read the 2 stories I have taken to share with you maybe that is your sign!!! (I did not write either of them.) I just believe it sums up confidence and what can happen when you have it, both to our advancement and detriment. The first story highlights what can be achieved with the development of a country and what development can take place in a short time which surely should make us all aware that things just happen, we are being taken for the ride of our life, and we should enjoy it and be a part of it.
The 2nd story will epitomize how this development has made many lose their feel for primary and secondary life styles and make them feel superior because they have a tertiary education/lifestyle. Without grass roots we have no foundation to build on and that means no more tertiary. After all you cannot have a roof without a foundation.
Remember just one example, when this all started 101 years ago there were no medical schools, it was just what people developed and learnt as they were part of their community and they contributed to it as they could with what they knew at the time. I believe it puts everything in perspective. We have to start somewhere and not everyone can be that “guy” some of us have to be the “other guy” we have to be confident that we too can make progress for others to reflect on. We cannot go on thinking we are not developed enough when we are developing as fast as we are. We need to understand how we all need to do our bit to make it work. We all need confidence in each other to do the right thing.
A Reflection on 101 years of Development: 1910 Ford
The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian
Between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
The Bushman and the Yuppie
A old station hand named Billy was overseeing his herd in a remote pasture in the outback when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the old man, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"
Billy looks at the young man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?"
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The yuppie then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to Billy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."
"That's right. Well, you'll be helping yourself to one of me calves, then, since you won it fair en square." says Billy.
He watches the smartly dressed yuppie select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the man gingerly picks it up & stuffs it into the boot of his car.
As the yuppie is carefully brushing the dust & hair off his suit, Billy says, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what work you do & where you come from, will you give me back my calf?"
The yuppie thinks about it for a second, wondering what this wrinkled up dirt encrusted uneducated old man could possibly know? He grins and then says, "Okay, old fella, why not? I'm a believer in fair play."
"You're a politician & you work in Canberra." says the old timer.
"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but, tell me how on earth did you guess that?"
"No guessing required." answered Billy "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.
Now give me back my dog."
Cheers and Have a nice weekend!