During the halftime show of a Lakers’ basketball game, you could overhear the legendary Eminem singing:
Eminem – Lose Yourself
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better
When I heard that, the first thought that came to me was: This definitely does not apply to rich people even the rich ones with average to below average capabilities…especially the ones that won the ‘parent lottery.’ I put our (USA) current president in that category with his laughable ‘small loan of a million dollars.’
Anyways, at the same halftime show, they called a guy’s number and he jumped out onto the court. His excitement level did not match the impossibility he was presented with:
- They handed him a basketball and wheeled him out to the half-court line
- They instructed him that if he could sink the shot from the half-court line, he’d get $1,000,000
- That $1,000,000 is before taxes so technically, he’d get $600,000 which is still a handsome payout
- If he doesn’t make the shot, he gets a Lakers t-shirt and for the next few years, attend as many Lakers games as possible, on his own dime, hoping that his number would be called again for another shot at $1,000,000 $600,000.
That’s an excellent analogy of how life works when you’re poor and always at the edge of life-altering decisions. In fact, you’re always 1 decision away from financial doom. If you make that shot, you become an outlier.
And if you’re rich, your basketball analogy is quite different:
- You get handed 100 balls instead of one
- You get to shoot from the free throw line instead of half-court
- For every shot you make, you get $1,000,000
- Your $1,000,000 somehow remains intact after taxes are deducted
- For every shot you miss, you can write it off and somehow get a consolation price of $100,000.
That’s why rich people always tend to be getting richer and often appear smarter or more brilliant than the rest of us. They are not. The system has been beautifully rigged to make it nearly impossible for them to lose. They get to take so many shots and claim ‘genius’ when one of those shots go in and yield enough to mask the 99 shots that barely hit the rim.
And for us immigrants, we don’t even get to shoot from half court…We get to shoot from the opposing free throw line after we build the basket court, the ball and the rims…and we still sink that shit at an alarming rate!
If you’re poor and lucky, you have enough resources to take one or two shots before you start to settle in life. If that shot is unsuccessful, you’re doomed and catapulted back to square one and may never recover. However, if that shot is successful, you become one of the rich ones, move up to the next echelon. Then you can start to ensure that your offspring start life with more balls and closer range to the net than you did.
I am not hating (I’m hating) on rich people because I want to be rich too. I’m just calling out the facts. So shoot your shot!
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