When you take the time to learn a trade or profession you have not wasted your energy. It is time well spent. Unfortunately today many people will not do that. These people prefer a constant handout over a hand up. But these same people have not realized that one day there will be nothing left to hand out; they got it all and gave nothing back.
A trade or profession is portable; an electrician can work anywhere as can a nurse (just two examples). When you have the knowledge and the resultant skill-sets, you have become self-reliant. And that self reliance gives you the ability to stand up on your own, to take care of yourself and your family. Taking one step further, when self-reliance is combined with industriousness, the world suddenly becomes your oyster. But, you have to possess the "want to."
To those who prefer handouts to hand ups, I ask this question: what will you do when the well that supplies you runs dry? To those people who refuse to learn English and have their hands out, I ask this question: what will you do if English becomes the lawful tongue? The pendulum swings.
Copyright @2014 Terry Unger