The 99% Don’t Own Businesses

Now that the news channels have let go of making the #Occupy stuff, I feel like I can talk about it a bit. This post won’t come anywhere near what I believe as a whole about it, but we’ll make this a start of dialogue now that we can all be a little more rational.

One interesting fact Scott Shane mentioned recently was the “Top One Percent” (in the US) own businesses. Honestly, I’m not surprised.  But, it is nice to bring it to be explicit and have this knowledge at our the forefront of our brains.

Source: Created from data from the IRS Statistics of Income

Think about it.  There’s all these people who are running around ticked off (with no particular common reason, which is a different post altogether), and nobody is at work. Either they are out of jobs, or think their particular job is inconsequential enough to ignore for a few days, weeks, or months.

Regardless of the things they’re rallying against, one thing is certain.  Hopefully everyone can now put two and two together and figure out that owning your own business is truly the only way to have any possible control over your own financial security.

Screw the banks.

Screw the bailouts.

Obviously there are macro-economics in play here which matter also in the long run. But, from the standpoint of the individual, voting with your jobs – perhaps by not having one – seems to continue to be the epicenter of change.

Trust me, there’s a movement going on.

It’s not Occupy. Occupying is passive.

It’s Become.  Becoming is active.

Become a business owner.  It’s tough, but you need to be tough.  The days of taking what people give you (a job) is over.  Jobs aren’t secure.  The only person who’s secure is the owner.  Become an owner.  Become the bourgeoisie.  You can be what you want to in this country, so Become.

Stop Occupying.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

2 Comments on "The 99% Don’t Own Businesses"

  1. Steffan says:

    :) Well said.

  2. Nikki says:

    I feel like I’ve been perfectly word the exact same sentiments for years now. When I’d talk about business ownership, my peers would just take it in one ear, while letting it out of the other.

    Until college graduation came around & most realized that getting a good paying job isn’t a given just because they have a degree.

    And the college dropout who was smart enough to start working for herself years ago wins! :)

    Thanks for sharing the message.

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