What’s up Young Boss,
Are you looking at the news and growing tired of seeing injustices against Black and Brown communities? Me too, and that’s why I started my own business.
Too many people are looking for “The Revolution” like they are looking for a job. They want someone to give them direction and purpose; willing to follow anyone who promises visible disruption. Way too many people in my generation, have a fantasy of riots and protests that make the morning news and gets the attention of decision makers in government. I ask you this, in the long run, how will this improve your day to day life and improve the state of your community?
An entrepreneur searches for their own purpose and implements their own plan. For me, this is the definition of freedom. While many people are looking for the revolution to come to their doorstep, I went and created my own revolution. A revolution that took back my power, time and energy from a system of non-profits that did not care about the freedom of my people.
Creating the Culture of Entrepreneurship instead of Employment
Imagine low-income communities that focused on entrepreneurship instead of employment. Our day to day life would look very different. Instead of searching the Craigslist for job postings, we would be creating new products to sell, services to offer and we would be networking with other business owners within our community.This is what my life and the life of other entrepreneurs look like. Some of us are wealthy and some of us are just breaking even, but damn near all of us are happier than you. We wake up to live out our dream, while the rest of the world doesn’t even seem to be alive. You all look frustrated, pissed off and exhausted. I don’t say this to brag, but it does need to be said. THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO LIVE!
In my opinion, if you truly want to defeat an oppressive system you must learn how to govern yourself. The best way to defeat your enemy is to minimize your relationship with them. The time is now to take back your power and become the master of your own life. Despite what many people think, the hardest part of owning a business is not generating income but rather learning how to trust yourself with your own God-given talents, using them to survive and thrive.
Too many Americans fear the idea of owning a business. This thought is very scary to some because it means that your life will be extremely unstable and unpredictable until you get a handle of your business operation. I ask you this, how stable is your life now? Are you rich or are you just getting by? Sure, owning a business takes a lot of work and time. I ask you this, how hard are you working now for someone else? And, how many years are planning to give them?
The truth of the matter is, your government does not care if you riot or not, but it does care if you no longer need them. No matter how you feel about Trump, he admits to not giving the government a single penny. If you really want to create change in government it might be a good idea to figure out how you too can keep your pennies, in your pocket and stop feeding the beast. Not only is it possible, it’s legal if you are a business owner. How revolutionary is that?
Starve the Beast
This post is not to look down on anyone working a job, but I wanted to put the current state of the world in perspective. If you don’t like something, you must take personal action, as well as, collective action. Continue to organize your communities and mobilize mass movements, but if you are returning to a job that supports your enemy then your movement is only a facade. Starve the Beast!
For 8 years, I worked for several non-profit organizations, and not one of those organizations had any intention of helping black and brown people get free, and none of them gave a damn about poor white people. They all just wanted to provide a service, charge a fee, and recruit more members. Freedom could not be found anywhere in the mission or vision statement.
Non-profits are in the business of raising funds, not solving problems. If non-profits were successful at fixing the problems experienced by their base there would be no organization to fund. Problem solved, so let go home! Right? Wrong! Instead of really helping poor people, their role is to simply maintain it. In my opinion, the best way to help poor people is to help them, via education, learn how to build wealth.
With welfare programs like SNAP and Section 8, they force participants to look for a job instead of starting a business that solves a problem in their community, because, in essence, that’s what a business is, a problem solver. If you are hungry, a business will feed you in exchange for money. If you need clothing, a business will clothe you in exchange for money. If you need your car fixed, a business will fix your car in exchange for money. Businesses solve problems, most non-profits don’t. Poor people need to be taught how to solve problems, so they can provide a product or service in exchange for money. If more programs focused on developing the critical thinking skills needed to run a business, there would be less need for public programs over the long-run. Personally, I’m not in favor of any drastic government budget cuts right now but over the long run if we invest in our people and small businesses we have the opportunity to save money and place it somewhere else in the budget.
The Real Revolution is in Business Ownership
My goal is to agitate enough people to see that the real revolution is business ownership. Young Boss Economic Club wants you to be free, financially, physically and mentally. We want you to think for yourself, live for yourself and focus on the things and people that are important to you. This letter is not race based. Clearly, everyone in America is pissed off because the American Dream was only meant for business owners. The right to vote was only meant for white male property owners. Black people and poor white people never had a chance to win in this game, because we were supposed to be the labor force for our entire life.
Look at the news, Black people are upset about systematic police brutality, police are mad at their unions, unions are dying, jobs are becoming automated, white communities are looking like the ghettos they once tried to hide from and the Black Live Matter movement is irritating a lot of white people because they are poor too. This is not a race article but one to talk about a strategy for anyone to free themselves.
Sure these ideas may seem to be a little too simplistic and I’ve probably over generalized many things here but if you are reading this and itching to give some meaningless rebuttal then this message was not meant for you, Maybe everyone does not want to become a multi-millionaire with Lamborghini’s like Tai Lopez. And maybe some people are content with their current situation, good for you! But if you are not happy with your current affairs, it is imperative that you start to think about entrepreneurship as an opportunity to achieve the life that you want. Your revolution starts here!