Today I was going to write another expose like this on the financial education industry, but several students changed my mind with their posts today on this important holiday, Memorial Day 2016.
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Here was my initial posting today:
Today is #memorialday a day of reflection as we remember the over 1 million men and women who have died for our freedom and to make America what it is today. My sincere thanks to all our brave #armedforces we will NEVER forget your sacrifice and we will always do our best to live free and cherish all the opportunity that your bravery has afforded us #neverforget #freedomisntfree #respect #bravery #sacrifice #gratefuljew
…as I stand in awe of the bravery and sacrifice our armed forces have exemplified for the past few centuries and continue to do so each and every day.
My students and I are only able to profit in the stock market because of our freedom and we don’t take that lightly so it’s our honor to study on days like today, not just party like too many people in this country do on long holiday weekends, see some great examples here:
— Jacob (@ochszy) May 30, 2016
— Josh Robey (@joshrobey) May 30, 2016
— Lloyd C. (@Livelong92) May 30, 2016
— Javier Zavarce (@jazavarce) May 29, 2016
— Eric White (@Ewhite33) May 29, 2016
My favorite student tweets from this long holiday weekend are from one of my students named Dan:
— Dan Lara (@DanDeafhealth) May 28, 2016
— Dan Lara (@DanDeafhealth) May 29, 2016
He’s studying his butt off to get out of working at his lead mill that he’s been at for 20 years now…God bless people like that who deserve freedom and are willing to do what it takes to achieve it.
I proudly share all these students today because I want our valued armed forces to see that while they’re working hard protecting our freedom, we’re working hard at bettering our lives through education.
We NEVER forget how staggering it is that 1.2 million Americans have lose their lives over the past few decades, while fighting for us and our way of life…here are the eye-opening stats:
World War I (1917-1918)
Battle Deaths: 53,402
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 63,114
World War II (1941 –1945)
Battle Deaths: 291,557
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 113,842
Korean War (1950-1953)
Battle Deaths: 33,739
Other Deaths (In Theater): 2,835
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 17,672
Vietnam War (1964-1975)
Battle Deaths: 47,434
Other Deaths (In Theater): 10,786
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 32,000
Wikipedia defines Memorial Day as “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May”.
These brave men and women gave their lives to protect our freedom and that should not be taken lightly…if you follow my teachings at all, you know that I value freedom above everything, including money.
But money helps us achieve freedom and we should never forget that as too many of us waste our opportunity and our freedom, and our lives for that matter, slaving say at jobs we hate with bosses we hate all while barely scraping by with too many of us drowning in debt, which has led to a great deal of political unrest and anger all aimed at blaming others for our situation.
Some 53% of Americans were “very happy” or “happy.” And while that’s a (slim) majority, it’s still down from 56% in 2009 and a significant slump from 68% in 2001, previous studies concluded. And the rate of antidepressant use has surged 400% over the last decade, according to the CDC
So, maybe money doesn’t make us happy after all?
No shit sherlock.
As I’ve talked about again and again, money does not make you truly happy and as I told Steve Harvey here and this media legend here, happiness stems from freedom, knowledge and self-sufficiency…and most of all, doing what you love.
So, on this Memorial Day, spend time with your loved ones and friends and thank those who have served our country so bravely, but most of all, cherish their memory by being the best you can be…not focused on making the most money you can, but studying and gaining the most knowledge that you can so you don’t have to work for ANYONE else ever again.
Cherish your freedom and do what you must to gain and maintain your absolute freedom, especially from the rat race n which too many Americans are competing, condemned to work 9-5 jobs on meager salaries forever…that’s not what America is about, we’re about being all you can be and NOT a slave to ANYONE else!
Thank you again to all the brave men and women serving our country, we promise to always remember your sacrifices and we aim to make you proud!