RIGHT ON JIM! In 1970 a great book came out "The Greening of
America." On the back cover it states 'ALL CHANGE BEGINS WITH THE INDIVIDUAL!
I ran a department of 65 clerks. I gave every one of them the same advantage of promotion. I told them, work hard, learn as much as you can, take every free class offered, apply for every position you qualify for, take chances on promotions, have a 'can-do' attitude and some day you may have my job.
Only five took advantage of it and one does actually have the job I had; the other four have advanced nicely into their comfort zone.
It took me a long time to understand that not everyone is ambitious and the majority are satisfied right where they are - regardless of how much they complain.
The big difference I see between Belize and the US is that here people have family/friends to rely (mooch) on in the US the governments have taken on that responsibility. Both countries have their share of people who feel 'entitled' to not work and still be feed.
We all are the way we are hard wired. One day one of my registration clerks was crying and said she was sick of checking in people who drove a nicer card than her, lived in the same building, got food stamps and free medical care while she worked her ass off. I asked her if she thought she could live that life -style? She wiped her eyes and said 'no.' I told her we are the way we are and they are the way they are. She went on to promote up several levels and get a nice retirement.
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