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In this country, we regard those with material wealth as superior. Better than ourselves, and better than the majority of those around us. If you wear a Rolex, anything brand name, or drive a nice car, respect is earned without speaking a damn word. And you know what, that’s a damn shame. Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Marc Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. Combined net worth: 313.4B according to Forbes as of this year. I don’t think there’s a soul in this room who would deny a day in the life of one of those guys. Before anything else, you’re wow’ed by their salary. If you’re not already laughing at their combined wealth though, laugh at this: none of these dudes wear more than a t-shirt to work. Jobs and Zuck gave the biggest presentations of their lives in a turtleneck and a t-shirt. Gates drove a Ford Focus to work at one point. These men built empires with their own ideas, and to me, that’s infinitely more valuable than looking good for a presentation.

1.       Let’s start by looking at our own aspirations as a people

a.       We all strive to be rich and successful, with the latter meaning something different to each of us

                                                               i.      We admire those like the guys I mentioned and others with their status, but why? They didn’t care about appearance – Zuckerberg quote

1.       Tangible assets v. intellectual assets

a.       If you have intellectual you can have tangible, so not the other way around

b.       You need to have an idea before you can make money, and bridging the gap between the two is something not everyone can do

                                                               i.      I would argue that we look at money before how to make it, which is represented by material things like cars, clothes, shoes

2.       Competitive, survival of the fittest will hurt us in the long term

a.       We focus more on “making it” but don’t look at the steps needed in order to accomplish that goal

                                                               i.      We’re trying to produce the final product without investing in capital

b.       Reflected in standardized testing, bullying, problems in various elementary schools

                                                               i.      Testing – let me cheat so I can get a better score because I didn’t study

                                                             ii.      Bullying – brutish side of humans exposed from an early age, elicited from competition

c.       If we don’t invest in capital, our factory may work in the short term, but will gradually deteriorate

3.       Our priorities are maybe not in the right place, then

a.       We focus on the suits, not the t-shirts

                                                               i.      We promote logical inhibitions to our end goal through things like false ideals of success, the elusive six figure salary, and then complain when people aren’t in the right profession or the right state of mind

1.       Investing in the capital, or perhaps allowing kids to cultivate their own ideas and passions from a young age, would eliminate the broken final products down the road

b.       If Gates can drive to work in a Focus, Bezos can answer customer emails personally, and Jobs can wear sandals for nearly the first three decades of his life, then there’s certainly no excuse for any individual not to do what they love against everyone else’s wishes

                                                               i.      Find your tshirt and help others wear theirs






























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