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Quit Whining About 2016

There I said it, quit your whining about 2016.


I saw a great saying today about focus.  I am not better than anyone else, my focus is just different.  I looked online and could not find the originating source of the quote.  If someone finds the source, just let me know.

The point is no matter who the president is, whether Obama, Bush, Clinton, or yes even Trump we control our lives.  Your success is dependant on your effort and focus.  You have more power over your future than any politician.  You need to believe in you and your personal strength.

Below is some information that is very high level.  People do go through some personal struggles, which can make a year the worst ever.  This is meant to counter the media’s negative portrayal of the world through their sensational headlines and causing rifts between groups of people to get ratings and money off stressing people out.

Let’s begin with income levels:

Did you know that if you make $30,000 a year here in the United States you are richer than 96.2% of the world!  If a family of 4 makes $50,000 a year combined they have more money than 91.4% of the world.

Go ahead and check out your family income with the rest of the world.  They normalize the data for your location to account of living expenses (necessary ones, not the ones we think are necessary).


We still complain and whine however about not having enough.  We do not live in the worst time in history.  We live in the best time in history (no matter who is in office).

How about violent crime and war overall?

Did you know violent crime in the U.S. has decreased every year since 1973?


By Ryan Cragun: RTCEarly 01:44, 21 December 2006 (UTC) – Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Public Domain.

Another great visual for folks who think our wars are worse.  We forget history and how bad it really was not all that long ago.  Let me say as a military veteran war is never good.  I just want to put the real numbers to what people are saying.  This video is a really good one and worth the watch.


What about poverty around the world?

Now let’s take a quick look at poverty at a global level.  As you can see they are dropping every year pretty significantly.

Remember watching the news may not give you hope for the future and how things are, but watching the numbers can.  😉

What about your personal success?

How about personal opportunity?  Today you can learn anything from the comfort of your own home.  If you cannot afford the Internet or a computer, most towns have local libraries with both.

We can take classes to learn skills for free using places like Youtube, Vimeo and others.  We can take classes inexpensively from sites such as Lynda.com, Udemy, and more.

Learning has become easy, but what is still difficult is the focus it takes to know what you want to accomplish and then taking the time to do it.

This is the best time in our history and hopefully all the trends continue in the same direction.  We all have bumps in the road and some are pretty big, but we tackle them and move forward.

Please believe in yourself and turn off the television 🙂  You are strong and you are capable of so many things.

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  • Jenny December 4, 2016, 5:03 pm

    Great post! I agree 100%.

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