A young professional sat in his father's study, asking for aloan. Not a huge loan; just enough to reign in his untamed creditcard debt. As his father handed him the check, the son felt theneed to explain himself.

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“If the company paid more,” he said sheepishly, “I wouldn't haveto ask for this.”

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The father smiled, recognizing the moment he'd hoped for.

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“Do they pay the president the same as you?” his fatherasked.

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“Heck no! She makes a ton more than me. They say she has fourhouses – one for each season. Must be nice.”

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“I see,” said the father, “So the company does pay more. Theyjust don't pay you more.”

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I wonder why more of us don't get it. It frustrates me when Ihear people protest for a higher minimum wage. Hear me out.

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I worked my way through college—mostly on minimum wage—paying myown tuition, with no student loans. Did I have help? Yes. Did Itake a job I hated? Yep. Did you hear me whine about it? Well, yes!Not once, however, did I begrudge anyone for not allowing me tomake more money. I was just starting my climb, not ending it.

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America provides better opportunities, but to make them work, wehave to become better people. Which begs the question, what haveyou done lately to prepare yourself?

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Most of us stop learning at 18. A few more around 22, and ahandful of others keep at it through graduate school. The vastmajority of us stop actively pursuing our education once we're nolonger required to do so.

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Then what? For most, that's it. But people who make more thanminimum wage know Fromm is right; unless they continue to educatethemselves, they're destined to meet a mediocre future. Andalthough keeping up with new technology, products and PPACAcompliance is part of the equation, it's a more than that.

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It's really about personal development. SURPRISE!

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When I speak to groups, I always say, “You don't have to readmy stuff, but you better be reading somebody's.”Why?

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When we read, we're expanding our thinking. In some cases we'reforming a new, more positive philosophy. In others, we're beingreminded of a simple principle long forgotten. In still others,we're gaining new perspectives.

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It's been nearly three decades since I made minimum wage, but ifI had to do it again, I wouldn't be there for long. In America, theladder is open to anyone who wants to climb on. How far you climbdepends on how well you learn.

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