July 4, 2014
When you were a kid, did you play any summer sports like baseball or softball? When I was grade school age, I played on a little league baseball team for 3 years.
Each time I was on-deck, waiting for my turn at bat, I took several practice swings with a little round, heavy, doughnut shaped weight on the bat.
Swinging the bat with a weight on it made it “feel” a lot lighter when the weight was removed. Stepping up to the plate, the bat felt as light as a feather, which made it much easier to swing, even though the bat still weighed the exact same amount.
Back in April of this year (2014), I saw Jake Jabs speak at an event. He’s the founder of American Furniture Warehouse, a multi-hundred-million dollar furniture company here in the mountain region. I was shocked to hear him talk about his childhood, being raised by his very poor, immigrant parents.
His story made me think back to when I was a kid swinging the weighted bat. That’s how it must feel to people who come to the US from other countries.
In most countries around the world, people are forced to carry massive weights around their necks all day. Their political systems are setup to filter money into the coffers of leaders, leaving the general population to live on only a few dollars a day.
Their top priority is putting food on the table (at least once a day), and the thought of starting a business is probably the furthest thing from their minds.
Yet when they come to America or Europe, that’s exactly what many of them do. Without the massive weight on their “bat,” they’re shocked at how easy it is to start a business, to earn a decent living, and to become rich.
On this day when we celebrate America’s birthday, I’d like you to imagine what it would be like to carry a weight around your neck every day of your life. Imagine living in a country where you have no chance of success or advancement. Imagine wondering where your next meal will come from.
Your bat may feel heavy to you right now, but that’s only because you’ve never had to swing it with weights on it. Now, take your imaginary weights off and notice how much lighter you feel!
We truly do live in the land of opportunity where the only real obstacle to our success is between our ears. Everything is laid out for us if we just get out of our own way.
Happy Birthday America! Thank you for making prosperity attainable for anyone willing to use their brain and work for it!