Apparently, fast food workers are staging protests today demanding the MINIMUM wage be raised to $15/hour. They thought it would be a good idea to do it on tax day, April 15th.
Their complaint is you can't raise a family on what the minimum wage is now.
Here's a revelation: You're NOT supposed to be able to raise a family on minimum wage. It's supposed to be a starting point. Jim Rohn correctly said that minimum wage is a ladder. The more valuable you become to the marketplace the more you get paid. That's how it works.
It's ironic, that on tax day, these folks are demanding business owners pay them more. Heck, you own a business. You make money because you had some lucky breaks. You should pay more to people who are "less fortunate" than you.
It doesn't matter that you took risks, work your ass off, invest in yourself and your education. It doesn't matter that you pay MORE than your fair share of taxes. You have more so you should be forced to give more.
Don't get me wrong. There are people in our society that need a helping hand. My wife and I put a portion of every dollar we get into a "giving account" to help these types of people. BUT, these protesters sure look like they have ability to improve their lives.
I would bet these folks have big televisions but no library. That they choose to buy six packs instead of books. That they watch more television than they do listen to educational materials.
You want to make more than minimum wage? It's EASY. Learn how to sell something. Heck, get a bucket and some cleaning solution and go door to door in affluent neighborhoods and sell your window cleaning services. My guess is you'll make more in one day than you currently make all week at your minimum wage job.
I guess it's easier to be a victim and blame others for your lack of success. It's easier to try to demand more than it is to become more and do more.
Let me ask you: Are you trying to sell your products or services to people with that mindset? I'm not talking about people who make minimum wage. I'm talking about people who feel entitled. Who think everything should cost less or be free. Who don't value you or your offer.
If that is the case, it doesn't matter how great your product or service is. It doesn't matter how great you are at selling. You are going to struggle.
One of the best ways to give yourself a pay raise it to up-level your prospect base. Start selling to people with money who aren't looking for the cheapest price but for the best product or service. I guarantee that will work better than making a sign and protesting.
Kick butt, make mucho "DEEnero!
Dave "Anti Protester" Dee