This Bill Maher quote you have on your signature is driving me nuts:
"If hard work was a guarantee of success, trust me, this nation would be run by a bunch of Mexican guys with leaf blowers."
- Bill Maher
I know its not your quote but you must like it if you keep it quoted on your signature. So here are the problems I have with it:
-Hard work is not associated with manual labor. Even if you are a craftsman and work with your hands you must have personable skills, marketing, money handling skills, know how to build a client and referral business. You have to know how to sale yourself.
-Hard work also comes from gaining knowledge through school, using your brain and knowledge to develop products, services or other goods for the mass market. Be able to be a good lawyer that someone will higher, a good doctor that is trustworthy and mistake free, or any type of field where you will be recommend by other clients.
-Being able to blow leaves around for 16 hours a day does not guarantee success. Being able to have the knowledge to build a company of leaf blowers and turn that into a thriving business is hard work and require much more than manual labor.
-"Hard work" comes from knowledge and experience and brain power. It is not manual labor. Any able body person can do manual labor. But its the risk takers and people that have developed their knowledge that put in the time and effort to create and build companies.
-So yea I really hate that quote because it makes absolute no sense and I wish I could make this argument to Bill Maher.