Fast-food workers last Thursday went on strike in demand of higher wages. Federal Minimum wage is set at $7.50 an hour and many fast food workers are now looking for $15 a hour.
As many have once worked minimum wage and succeeded in moving to higher earnings, it is important, especially with the volatility of the US economy right now to point out that the desire for a better wage, better life and greater freedom and security has been part of the American dream since day one.
The question being, for these workers, is this the right way to go? Are they being manipulated perhaps? Is there a better choice for the minimum wage earner? Is the minimum wage worker there by choice or circumstance? What are they doing on and off the job to create a greater level of prosperity for themselves and their families?
Take this quote from Napoleon Hill:
"The quality and quantity of the service you render, plus the attitude with which you render it, determine the amount of pay you get and the sort of job you hold."
If you want a better job, a better wage, a better life for yourself and your family, go out and create it. Actor James Franco used to work at McDonald's while going to school and studying acting. Are you, the American worker, willing to go the extra mile for what you believe you deserve. The individuals who get promoted to better positions with better pay in a company are the individuals who've made going the extra mile a habit. They are willing to do more then they are paid for and they will do it happily. There is no sense of entitlement, rather a sense of purpose.
Many fast food and minimum wage workers are trying to support a family. While it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to raise a family on $7.50 an hour, the only person who truly determines the wage they receive for their efforts is the individual.
The American citizen is and should be held personally accountable for taking the steps necessary toward determining their own future. American workers need to make a very conscious decision to approach the current job their are in and every task in that job with a positive, purposed centered outlook and be willing to stick with the task at hand until it is complete.
Recent strikes and walk outs show that many American's have forgot what this country was built on and the level of work, sacrifice and achievement that made this nation great. Sadly, many Americans find the attitude of service and hard word difficult and believe they deserve more than what they give instead of giving more than you get. It is those who have true service in their heart and the willingness to go the extra mile consistently, who will always rise to the top. Those Americans will reap the benefits and fruits of that labor because they will become known as someone who always gives a little extra and they wouldn't consider doing it any other way.
Let's take look at some success stories of Americans who started with more "humble employment" yet rose to a higher standard. What can be learned from these people, none of which can be considered "overnight" sensations or "lucky."
Grant Cardone worked at McDonald's. Grant talks about how worked at McDonald's when he was a teenager. He was only there for the paycheck where the guy next to him had a dream of owning several McDonald's franchises. Grant got fired. The other guy fulfilled his dream and Grant learned a valuable lesson about work ethics.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also used to work at McDonald's. In an interview with Fast Company Jeff said that, "one of the great gifts I got from that job is that I can crack eggs with one hand. My favorite shift was Saturday morning. The first thing I would do is get a big bowl and crack 300 eggs into it.”
Rock star Pink worked fast food. She says she is still haunted by nightmares about working at the fast food chain. "Sometimes I dream I am back there, broke and working at McDonalds. It's like the worst nightmare because I would never want to be back there. I've worked hard to get where I am," she said.
Jay Leno worked at a McDonald's in Massachusetts back in the early '70s.
The Ben of Ben & Jerry's drove a taxi before he got into the ice cream business.
Michael Dell founder of Dell computers was a dish washer in a Chinese restaurant. He worked his was up to maitre d' and then in dropped out of college because the computer business he was running out of his garage took off!
Sam Walton was a milkman before creating Walmart and Wayne Huizenga of Waste Management Inc. pumped gas and Tom Cruise was a bellhop.
Fast food and other minimum wage type jobs should be for transition. Not a career. Some people can and do build and live a life this way. But the bottom line here is that if an individual is not satisfied with his or her present situation the responsibility to improve that situation starts with the individual. Everyone listed above wanted something more and was compelled to create it in their life. They found their higher purpose and went after it.
The principles learned by Napoleon Hill from greats like Andrew Carnegie show us the true spirit of the American dream which was to come to this fertile land and build the life we want.