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Screw That: Yes, I Want to be One of the 1%

I just got finished reading and article called Don’t blame the 1% for America’s pay gap on CNN Money by Nina Easton.  The article was so stunningly simple, it was mind blowing. In it, she recommends that instead of vilifying the 1% wage earners in this country, we ought to take a look at what they are doing right and emulating it.


I devoured the article. The qualities of a top wage earner are few, but impacting:
•    They hold advanced degrees (education)
•    They work long hours (stellar work ethic)
•    If they do raise families, they do so in a two-parent household    (pooling and conserving resources)
•    They bring rare talent and skill to local and global economies (innovation)

That’s it. If you want to be a top wage earner, the blue print is staring you in the face! So why aren’t more of us richer? What’s holding you back? What’s your excuse?

I don’t know about you, Reader, but I don’t want to spend my whole life working just to stay poor. That’s not what smart people do.

And yes, that is the end of today’s post. No long t’ing needed.

This article has 12 comments

  1. Mrs Dr.D

    Feeling you on this one…sign me up for that 1% already!

    • Malaka

      Girl, sign me up and paint me rich. Emulation is the best form of flattery and I want Oprah flattered when I meet her!

  2. tope olowu

    I think I tick all the boxes but still far from the 1%… Your write ups are always on point.

  3. David S.

    There are two things I believe when it comes to opportunity in America. 1. Anyone who tells you they can’t make at least something of themselves no matter what they do is lying.
    2. Anyone who tells you that the playing field is level and that everyone has the same opportunity to suceed as anyone else is full of it. Some people will work hard all their lives and never crack the top 25% much less the top 1% and some people will drink their way through college and wind up in the top 1% by default because their father was a congressman.

    • Malaka

      And you are so right on both counts. EXCEPT

      I don’t think America has a single playing field. I think it’s made up of several fields in a glittery super-dome. So while I would never find myself in competition with a binging senator’s son, I WOULD find myself on a track and field course with another stay at home mom. It then becomes incumbent upon me to dominate that terrain.

      • David S.

        So on that playing field, it’s you vs the likes of Anitha and Ann Romney among others. Unlike you, they have others helping them with their daily tasks, and serving as a target for their frustrations when the tasks of homemaking get to them. Do you still think that single playing field is level? Do you think that when (not if) Anitha dominates, it will be because of her hard work and upstanding moral character? Because unless she develops a serious illness, Anitha will be in the 1% in her lifetime, while whichever unfortunate soul is currently helping her raise Serena, probably will never be.

        • Malaka

          No no no. Anitha and Ann are already in the one percent. I’m thinking of competing against the likes of Sista Serwaa and co.

          But even in that 1%, there are varying levels of wealth. Anitha is the 99% as far as Ann Romney is concerned.

          If I’m honest, I’d settle for the top 30%. That much wealth brings too much wahala.

  4. Roger Gachago

    I’m thinking that it takes a bit more than that because I, like Tope above, also tick all those boxes and still not even in the 25% David S. mentions. Good juju, perhaps, should be added to that list describing the 1%.

  5. Dela (@RevivedAfrikana)

    Girl I want to be in that 1% too. Watching my dad go house poor even though he has a really good job is heartbreaking. I dont want to be in that situation. Working hard and long with nothing to show for it.

    • Malaka

      Isn’t it heart wrenching? To see someone you love work so hard and only be able to scrape by? Nuh uh. Not while I’m captain if this ship!

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