Why work when you can get a government check for doing nothing? Why be motivated to achieve when blaming someone else for your lack of achievement makes you feel better? Whatever happened to that little phrase I was taught as a child, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Today, the failure to succeed just once can lead to a discrimination lawsuit.
Instead of persistence when we fail to accomplish a task or satisfy a desire, we call a lawyer to sue someone for blocking our way. Accountants and bankers too often focus on quarterly earnings, not the long haul that sometimes requires spending on projects that don't work until one stumbles upon a project that does.
Alexander Graham Bell failed many times while attempting to transmit his voice over a wire until he finally succeeded. A quote attributed to Bell: "When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us."
Sometimes doors must be broken down, but, today, breaking down doors is more likely to get a person's business success regulated and taxed to death by government.
Steve Jobs was an innovator and pioneer in the grandest American tradition. He was a descendant of forward-looking people more common in America's past, but in shorter supply today.
Long time passing; long time ago.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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