Let's Get Real

By Zig Ziglar

December 9, 2020 3 min read

Several years ago, an article in Psychology Today pointed out that the typical 30-year-old American was 10 times as likely to become depressed as his father and 20 times as likely to be depressed as his grandfather. It also stated that 15% of those depressed individuals will commit suicide.

Those are frightening statistics, and the experts have wrestled with why they're so high. Psychologists say that unrealistic expectations are the seedbed of depression, and unfortunately, too many of our youngsters have unrealistic expectations. Some, but not all, of this happens because of the multimillion-dollar salaries earned by professional athletes and people in the entertainment industry. This makes working for minimum wage, or even a good salary, unappealing.

That's unfortunate, since less than 1% of all millionaires in America, according to a study done several years ago, are professional athletes or people in the entertainment industry.

The overwhelming majority of millionaires or those who become wealthy are those who do it the old-fashioned way. They get an education, start at the bottom of the ladder, and slowly, over a period of time, make their way to the top. Along the way, they continue to learn their skills, live within their means, invest their money wisely and live a lifestyle that requires they deny themselves some of the things they want now so they can acquire the things they really want later in life.

Unfortunately, the lottery, with its false promise of instant wealth, is a contributing factor. The lure of "something for nothing" is pretty hard for a youngster making minimum wage to resist. There is a better chance of being hit by a bolt of lightning on the way to buy a lottery ticket than there is of selecting a million-dollar winning lottery ticket.

It's true: The best way to acquire wealth is the old-fashioned way — you earn it. Take this approach, and I'll see you at the top!

"Failures are only temporary tests to prepare us for the permanent triumph." — Dr. Charles Swindoll

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