This is a world where there are a whole lot of ways to make a living, and that’s a pretty awesome thing. Years ago, it was easy to get pigeon-holed into a certain profession, because there simply weren’t many of them to choose from. So, if you came from a family of blacksmiths, you more than likely were going to learn the art of blacksmithing and thus, become a blacksmith. Just like if you came from a family of farmers, you’d likely end up doing for a living what you knew and were taught to do, and you’d likely become a farmer, just like your father before you was. Today, we live in a totally different world and if you grew up in or are now located in the United States, the possibilities are absolutely endless. People invent products and services, or improve existing products, services, or processes all the time, and they are able to find a way to make money doing it. There are so many ways to make money that it’s almost impossible to count, and those ways increase on almost a daily basis, especially with technology progressing at the rate that it is.
Some people believe that money is the source of happiness, but they are wrong. However, money can make things a lot easier and contribute to us feeling like we don’t have to struggle as much in life. There are a lot of different kinds of people with different talents and perspectives that make this a very interesting place. It’s easy to see the horrors of this world and get caught up in the depressing aspects of what’s going on, but the negative things can only be counteracted by positive things. So, if you’re in a position to accomplish big things, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try. The creation of financial systems in this world have a much bigger upside than they do a downside, and say what you will about capitalism, but it’s obvious that it clearly creates a motivating force within those who see the upside.
There’s a lot more that you can do with someone who cares about and is motivated by something as opposed to someone who’s apathetic and wants for nothing in this life. Even the idea of being able to relax and enjoy one’s retirement should be enough to support the idea of mandatory 401k audits for companies who offer these kinds of retirement plans to their employees. So, since being able to work for a living has become an option for everyone in the US, because there are many jobs available and there have been for years (depending sometimes on where you live), many people have gotten to the point where they’ve worked so much, that they want to enjoy themselves in the latter years of their hopefully long lives.
Some people have been contributing to their 401k accounts for years in preparation for their retirements, and ever since the near financial meltdown that occurred here in the US with the culmination of the mortgage crisis, the stock market crash, and the failures of the automobile industries, it’s become clear that regulation and oversight is very much-needed to secure the futures of those contributing to the system. So, every company that is publicly traded now, must open their books to one of the four large CPA firms, so that they can perform an assessment of their financials, including their investments and employee retirement plans, in order to come up with an opinion of their solvency and stability. Many people who end up getting their accounting degree and then move onto a career as a CPA, do so because their brains think in the language of numbers and money, and many numbers and money related fields are quite lucrative. It’s also possible that these kinds of people, come from families with financial backgrounds as well, and they’ve been taught to think in a certain, systematic kind of way that is conducive to the financial field.
So, it can be quite interesting to pick an old man or woman’s brain who lived an eventful life and experienced a lot of changes that took place during the process. You might find that there are similarities in their lives and yours, and you could gain some very valuable wisdom in ways that you never would have expected. There are still tens of thousands of people alive who lived through the great depression and were affected in many different and interesting ways by their experiences from that time. You might want let one of them bend your ear about it sometime, because you might walk away with a new perspective on life, and form a new opinion about how you want to go about living yours.