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TODAY'S TOPIC: I DID Build It Myself
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Kudos to these kids who are learning valuable entrepreneurial skills! Click to see full-sizeRead the full article here: Small Ones Sour on Small Biz Advice. A certain politician - in order to remain neutral I shall not name names - recently stated, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." Now let me say, I DID Build It Myself. In fact, I've built several businesses, starting with "Bob's Lawn Service" when I was 14 years old: my dad loaned me $400 to buy a good power mower, and I spent a couple of summers mowing and watering lawns. I earned enough to pay back the loan and made a profit.

This taught me some important lessons about initiative and hard work. Later, in university, under the moniker "The Threadmonger" I sold tailor-made men's clothing and shoes. I got married in one of my own custom-made silk suits. After belatedly learning my liberal arts degree didn't cut it in the job market, I enrolled in tech college and became an IT professional, building three businesses. None of these required government loans or subsidies. I didn't become fabulously wealthy like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but these businesses helped support our family and provide jobs for others as well.

What's the True Secret to Success? (It's Not What You Think!) I'm very grateful to those near and dear to me: my parents, family and close friends who have been examples, guides and encouragers along the way. Very few of them were teachers, none of them were big government officials. Oh, I do have a few relatives who have held high political office, but I've never met them personally. I don't credit them for my having become who I am or having accomplished what I did. Here's the exact quote from that unnamed politician:

"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there."

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

If you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.

The obvious imlied ideas here are that you don't have to be smart, or work hard, or be successful in business. Let the federal government-financed schools make more sheeple who will vote for more socialism that will tax the entrepreneurs and businessmen almost out of existence in order to subsidize the welfare class. Yes, we need education, roads and bridges. And the US government working together with researchers at universities initially built the Internet that gave us TCP/IP for the backbone, POP and SMTP for email, FTP for file transfers and Telnet for primitive remote communication with servers. But that's just a small part of the story:

It wasn't the US government or anyone in the US that invented the World Wide Web: it was Timothy Berners-Lee, a British scientist working at CERN in Switzerland who invented and implemented the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server model that enabled companies to make money off the Internet. People - including the above unnamed politician - often confuse the WWW with the Internet. Another politician of the same stripe, in fact, claimed to have invented the Internet, and yet another - of the opposite stripe this time - called it just "a series of tubes" that can get clogged up, like a truck stuck in heavy traffic. All this proves you don't have to be smart to be a politician. And smart people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs didn't require government subsidies to be successful. It is a mathematical certainty, an irrefutable fact, that 50% of the people are below median intelligence, and 50% are above median intelligence. Guess which 50% politicians and which 50% entrepreneurs are in? And which 50% keeps society moving forward?

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