At today's rapid pace, people seem to think all they need is a dream and some good luck. I find it disturbing so many are eschewing college because "you don't need a degree" to make it. Now, I know higher education isn't for everyone, but to those who have no desire to go to college, You. Need. A. Plan. If you can attend a technical school and get a certificate or degree in two years, great! If you want to dive in to entrepreneurship, go for it! As an author, I'm all for pursuing the Arts, but I am aware that families need mothers and fathers with a roof over their head and food on the table. Until I earn a living wage writing, I have a wonderful, dependable resource in the man I married (and he has a devoted homemaker). I'm also going back to school to get a second degree. Did you notice nowhere in this paragraph I suggested making a YouTube video in hopes it goes viral?
It seems everywhere we look someone is getting something for nothing or catching a big break, but don't be fooled. I tried to research some statistics, like the chances of being the next Bill Gates, but all I could find were websites criticizing statistics that kill people's dreams. Well, color me black and white. There's no Technicolor here. Dreams are necessary to motivate us to live our lives, set goals, and find satisfaction and success, but they don't come free or easy. In a world where responsibility and accountability are becoming secondary to personal desire, we need to support organizations and leaders who stand on a foundation of high expectations and hard work. We need to support ourselves.