"The charge is often made against the intelligentsia and other members of the anointed that their theories and the policies based on them lack common sense. But the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?" -- Thomas Sowell
"Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results." -- Tony Robbins
Not only does success leave clues, failure leaves clues as well. That's how the average person, using nothing more than common sense, can correctly answer certain questions about success and failure in America. For example, who's more likely to pay his rent on time: a 19 year old kid wearing a suit or a 19 year old kid who looks like an extra in a rap video? Who's more likely to be a hard worker for your business? Someone who hasn't had a steady job in five years or someone who has been working two jobs to save up money? Who is more likely to be financially successful over the next decade? Someone who has been on welfare for the last decade or someone who'd rather starve to death than take welfare?
Too often we focus on the small number of exceptions to the rule instead of acknowledging that the rule is the rule for a reason. Even with the worst President in history ensconced in the White House, anybody can still have a very good life in America, but unless your last name is Kennedy, it's unlikely that anyone is going to hand it to you on a silver platter. It's even less likely that you're going to succeed at life if you....