We desire white-collar or blue-collar success. We feel safe in a 9 to 5 routine and take comfort in our benefits. We strive for that office with a window, look forward to our weekends, and enjoy the occasional vacation. Our pride grows with each accomplishment and our egos soar from our achievements. And we take solace in knowing that everything we want is within reach.
We acquire the basics: a roof over our head, food, clothing, healthcare, and transportation. Then we want more: a home in suburbia, a white picket fence, a new car, a smart phone, and a big screen TV. Suddenly, we need more: a mcmansion, luxury cars, designer clothes, go-go entertainment, expensive jewelry, high-tech gadgets, fancy meals out, and lavish vacations.
We accept the daily grind, being stuck in a cubicle farm, endless competition, the stress, exhaustion, and poor health. We tolerate the office politics and backstabbing coworkers. We work the overtime and don’t think twice about the precious time lost with our family and friends. We are burdened with stuff we must manage with our limited free time. We hold high amounts of mortgage, credit card, auto, and student debt – and we fight back against the tide by working two or more jobs. And thanks to a lack of savings and paltry retirement, we solemnly understand that we must do this until we die.