il est de tempus - Latin; "It is about time!". A double entendre of sorts which I won't try to explain here because it will take some time. Rather they'll be explained through a series of articles which hopefully a few of you will take the time to read. If not, then this will simply be something for my son to refer back to when he's grown. My lessons in life if you will.
We all come into this world with only one commodity - Time!
How we use it is our choice. The knowledge we acquire and share with others is what makes it valuable. How much we have is unkown.
Several years ago, not long after the Housing Bubble burst, I realized the promise of the American Dream is being destroyed. Little by little it's being chipped away by corporations and a government bureaucracy that have grown too big and taken too much control over our lives. Working together, they cooperatively take with one hand, give with the other, and waste even more in between. Then they tell "We the People" that, in order to achieve the American Dream, we need to get a good education and study hard to obtain a good job after many of the good jobs have been shipped overseas.
In other words, spend 17-20 years of your life in school, so you can become a slave to one of those too big corporations and allow a too big government to take your "fair share" of what you earn before you even see it. Then they promise to give you even more, for free, with the promise of forcing those same big corporations pay for it. Really?
The way it used to be
I grew up in a 3-bedroom home with four siblings during the '60s. We had two-cars in the garage and a swimming pool in the backyard, took a few extended "family" vacations from Michigan to Florida and California all paid for by a single wage-earner with an associate's degree from a community college.
Today, it takes two wage earners and a graduate degree to enjoy the same standard of living. Why?
I graduated from college in the early eighties during the last "Great Recession" and four years of a Jimmy Carter presidency, I spent the next quarter century moving across the country to find a good job and played the game.
I've lived during the Vietnam War, the Detroit Riots, the Cold War, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both Bushes, Barack Obama, the Great Recession, the DotCom bubble, and now the so-called Housing Crisis.
During the lost decade since then, I've decided the only way to live the American Dream is to be self-employed because, contrary to what you hear on the news, the problem with the economy is not that there aren't enough jobs, there just aren't enough entrepreneurs.
This is my story and my observations of how we got here. I'm going to share my story and the things they don't teach in school.
Being an entrepreneur has it's own set of problems. It's about time one of those problems was solved. I'm not sure I can do it myself, but if I don't try I'll never know.