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In "that" perfect world we would all have indexed pensions, full health care, ever increasing salaries and fantastic benefits.
In "that" perfect world all of my investments would go steadily up, guaranteeing me a good return into the future.
In "that" perfect world the "situation" I negotiated at any given point in time would never go backwards. My "collective bargaining agreement" would protect my "rights" for all time.
It does not exist.
"In life we can have results or reasons. If you are not getting the results you want, your reasons are the lies that you keep telling yourself." Harald Anderson
Today's "real" world brings tremendous opportunities ... to those willing to take a risk.
Today's "real" world offers potential for those willing to "earn" it.
Today's "real" world is not kind to those who "live in the past".
Today's "real" world is affected by recessions that destroy savings.
Today's "real" world has global competition with access to "inexpensive, yet skilled, labour".
Today's "real" world has a changing demographic, with more people retiring than entering the workforce.
Today's real" world has an aging population that will place greater strains on social and health care systems.
Today's "real" world sees innovation at an incredible pace, with whole industries changed in a very short space of time both good and bad. Look at the photography industry over the last 10 years. Look at the growth in the bio sciences sector.
What are YOU doing in this "real" world, today, to look out for your interests tomorrow?
Remember ... YOU have the responsibility for YOURSELF. Do NOT expect your government, your employer, your union or even your parents to handle all of your problems.
"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment." Oprah Winfrey
Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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