What 9/11, Katrina And The Gulf Oil Spill Teach Us About Being Broke!

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"Being broke is childish and I'm quite grown" - Jay Z
"It's a sin to be poor" - Charles Fillmore
If you're not taking action in creating your online business, now is the time to start. I've been looking at the coverage of the Gulf oil spill and already I'm hearing about people that are asking to be compensated for lost wages or the closure of their businesses. I feel for these people.
I was a waiter in South Florida when we had two hurricanes come through in a short period of time. Because of the power outages and damage done I could not work, if you know anything about waiting tables, if you don't work you don't get paid. This lead to a rough period for me because for some odd reason the bill collectors don't seem to care that there was a hurricane. They just want their money, and regardless of what you will hear in the coming weeks and months about the government doling out money, it doesn't happen as easily as you may think.
I was a waiter, and a very good one if I may say so myself, and due to that fact, I made a pretty good amount of money. Like a good citizen (or an idiot, depending on your perspective) I reported this income. So when I went to be "compensated" for my loss of wages, I was quickly informed that I made too much money earlier in the year, and that I had too many assets, maybe I should consider selling something!
After Katrina people faced the same sort of response after losing their homes, and when I say losing, I mean they were swept the hell away! Many of these people were told that their homeowners insurance should cover their losses. Let me ask you. When you have to be relocated out of state and you can't report for work (which isn't there to report to anyway) does a homeowners policy cover that loss? Just in case you're not sure, NO!
One of the biggest disgraces this country has ever faced was the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died that day in the terrorist attacks and over 100,000 lost their jobs and businesses. Millions lost family members and the country fell on hard times economically. There were all sorts of charitable organizations set up and I even heard of some of the executive's families received large insurance policy and government settlements. But there were people in those buildings that had entry level jobs, and civil service jobs and manual labor jobs. Were their families compensated for the loss of income? I think you already know the answer to that.
So what did we learn from these tragedies, anything at all? I'll tell you what I learned. I learned that even in a disaster if you're not high profile, or know the right people it's all up to you to take care of you and your family. To do this you have to have a game plan that will allow you to earn money from sources outside of were you live. Even after Katrina hit and the flooding began, there were people earning money online while they were hundreds of miles away from any computer! Can you imagine that? You just pick up and go to a dry spot and money is steadily flowing into your bank account. Or better yet, you stay and help those that aren't as fortunate because you have financial security and don't have to seek out work.
That is what I'm trying to teach. My site name may be how to make $100 bucks a day, but if you apply some of the methods found in this forum you can make far more than that. You can secure yours and your families future, and help others. Most importantly you can ensure that you won't be waiting in a line for a government hand out that may never come, and after what we are about to see with the disaster in the Gulf, those lines are real long and move extraordinarily slow.
Just a little motivation for everyone that is on the fence waiting for something to happen. Get to work


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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Nice mini-essay. Good food for thought for everyone.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Smith
      Great post!

      Aside from reminding us that being self sufficient is smart, it was also a reminder of how fortunate we are just to be able to have the opportunity to follow our dreams!
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      • Profile picture of the author ACGroup1
        Originally Posted by Jaqs View Post

        Great post!

        Aside from reminding us that being self sufficient is smart, it was also a reminder of how fortunate we are just to be able to have the opportunity to follow our dreams!
        Thanks for understanding the message.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ty Neal
    Good post my friend you have a great point...
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  • Profile picture of the author DrGUID
    Great post. I think this can be summed up by "nobody owes you a living".

    It's how I've lived my life, but sadly it's pretty rare these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author DukkyMan
    As a New Orleans Native, and life long resident of the gulf coast I obviously could not pass by your article. You make some great points, but they are a little far fetched.

    As this site can prove, there are tons of ways to make money online, and some people are bad at it and some are not. But it is ridiculous to think that the thousands of people effected by Katrina and now the Oil spill, could put their problems aside by turning to the internet as a source of income. Many of them do not have access to the internet in their homes, others don't have the time to balance their regular job and a successful Internet Marketing campaign, most would not know how to succeed online, and many would not even want too.

    You are right in that saving up money and preparing for the worst will help you out when a disaster strikes. But looking to the internet to provide you with that kind of security is only going to work for a handful of people.

    There are many things that these disasters have taught us, but I just have to disagree with you on this one. Internet Marketing would not be able to help a majority of those effected.
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    • Profile picture of the author ACGroup1
      Thank you for reading. I'm not saying that IM or any business can help everyone, or even that everyone after these disasters could've avoided hardship. My intention is to inspire the readers of the article, the ones that are trying their hands at IM to really work hard and push until they start reaching some of their goals. I surely don't think that every person affected by a disaster, be it a storm, or the economic mess the country is in now, is a lazy bum. You are reading too much into it. The get to work part is for anyone who, as I tend to do frequently, puts things to the side instead of working to finish what they should be doing. This wasn't a rant, it was just an essay to inspire and motivate.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZILLIONAIRE
    I agree with what you said especially the last line of your post. However not everyone will simply get to work. Some people just never learn from disasters or mistakes. Let's say foe example that someone who works at mc Donald's got fired. Right after they get fired they will start to look for a job at DQ or KFC simply because they programmed themselves to think that way. They don’t want to get to work and get a better job. At least work at a restaurant and save to start a business or study. What I mean is that a lot of people never think outside the box. They just do what they used to do hoping for a change that will never happen! What you said simply sums it all up GET TO WORK!
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    • Profile picture of the author ACGroup1
      Originally Posted by ZILLIONAIRE View Post

      I agree with what you said especially the last line of your post. However not everyone will simply get to work. Some people just never learn from disasters or mistakes. Let's say foe example that someone who works at mc Donald's got fired. Right after they get fired they will start to look for a job at DQ or KFC simply because they programmed themselves to think that way. They don’t want to get to work and get a better job. At least work at a restaurant and save to start a business or study. What I mean is that a lot of people never think outside the box. They just do what they used to do hoping for a change that will never happen! What you said simply sums it all up GET TO WORK!
      But the main theme is that, at least they get to work. Sitting around won't help anyone, especially in this business. So for those that don't think like we do here, keep working, hold your head up and take care of business. For those of us creating a business and lifestyle that allows us to work from anywhere, stay focused, stay motivated, and when we have success, teach others. Thank you for your input.
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  • Profile picture of the author DukkyMan
    I'm sorry but are y'all saying that people from Louisiana and New Orleans don't work for a living?

    "Get to Work" What is that exactly supposed to mean? Do you think everyone down here wants to be out of a job because their homes got 8 feet of water, or because Oil has contaminated the gulf where people have made an honest living for generations?

    Maybe I'm misreading your post, but since the OP is talking about Katrina and the Gulf spill, I'm assuming your referring to the victims of these two disasters as being lazy bums who don't want to work for a living.

    Please inform me if I am wrong. If I'm not wrong, please inform me why myself and the other residents of New Orleans and the gulf coast need to be chastised by you for "not working". I'm all ears.
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    • Profile picture of the author ACGroup1
      Originally Posted by DukkyMan View Post

      I'm sorry but are y'all saying that people from Louisiana and New Orleans don't work for a living?

      "Get to Work" What is that exactly supposed to mean? Do you think everyone down here wants to be out of a job because their homes got 8 feet of water, or because Oil has contaminated the gulf where people have made an honest living for generations?

      Maybe I'm misreading your post, but since the OP is talking about Katrina and the Gulf spill, I'm assuming your referring to the victims of these two disasters as being lazy bums who don't want to work for a living.

      Please inform me if I am wrong. If I'm not wrong, please inform me why myself and the other residents of New Orleans and the gulf coast need to be chastised by you for "not working". I'm all ears.
      This is just me trying to send a message of motivation, No offense intended nor do I think that every person has the entrepreneurial spirit or know how. I'm just speaking to those that do and trying to get them to think about and take positive action in thir endeavors.
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