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Does "job" mean "just over broke" in young people's opinion?

By RosieLux ( Updated: 2014-07-09 17:13

There’s a saying that goes j-o-b is an acronym for "Just Over Broke.” Most workers live within their means; they work and pay the bills. An extract from the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” written by Robert T. Kiyosaki has given me a deep insight into the real meaning of “job.” To a larger extent, this book is of great value in offering youngsters rewarding advice while facing the job market.

Robert says in his book, “Job security meant everything to my educated dad. Learning meant everything to my rich dad.” I come to realize there are innumerable “educated” youngsters who focus on job security. The majority of them would rather choose to work as a civil servant or teacher, whose everyday job is static and never changes. On the contrary, there are quite few to choose from for self-employment. We do know that to be self-employed is full of risks and challenges. Once successful, one can be a millionaire within a short period, but once failing, he will be nobody with nothing. In retrospect, most tycoons in various fields are those who have extraordinary valor and vision to build their own business from scratch.

Robert also advises young people not to work for money. He recommends they seek work for what they will learn, more than what they will earn. It’s true that have a job means for us to make money, and what we will earn is top priority. We work to live never thinking about living to work or considering working to learn. When it comes to money, the only skill most people know is how to work hard. Robert recommends that youngsters look down the road at what skills they want to acquire before choosing a specific profession. He says, “Once people are trapped in the lifelong process of bill paying, they become like those little hamsters running around in those little metal wheels. Their little furry legs are spinning furiously, the wheel is turning furiously, but come tomorrow morning, they'll still in the same cage: great job.”

In addition, Robert illustrates as an example the act of making hamburgers. There must be many talented people who can cook a better hamburger than McDonald's, but how come McDonald's makes more money than them? The answer is that McDonald's is excellent at business systems. The world is filled with talented poor people; it is not because of what they know but because of what they do not know. They focus on perfecting their skills at making a better hamburger rather than the skills of selling and delivering the hamburger! This story tells us the fact that it is absolutely not enough to possess certain talent or skills, we also need to learn what we didn’t know to make the best of our talent.

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