The Rich Keep Getting Richer and the Poor Keep Getting Poorer

competitive marksmanshipI heard someone say that the other day in reference to the upcoming Presidential election. I wanted to barf. I wanted to scream, “ Are you THAT stupid?” I wanted to belittle with, “What child’s nursery story did you memorize that from?” But, I remained a good listener, saying nothing. I like rich people. I want to be one, someday. Please, please, do not, whomever becomes our next president, take them away. They represent role models. And the Poor, thing? I never want to be poor again. I do not aspire to poverty, nor do I want to support one single person wallowing in it as a lifestyle. No one owes anybody anything. Get off your ass and WORK. I speak from experience. I HAVE scrubbed toilets. I HAVE pulled myself up by the proverbial bootstraps. These lame brained comments make me think of my shooting days when the competitors who did not perform well, or as well as they hoped, slammed the winners with, “the same old guys always win,” or, “ the same shooters always get first place,” like winning is handed out. Neither winning nor wealth comes automatically. These qualities come with effort and discipline and organization. Additionally, both winning and wealth come with a particular attitude. Think about it:

Even though the National Police Shooting Championships 2012 just ended,  as a serious competitor, I already begin my next year’s plan. I map out a dry firing schedule of practice, I determine my range practice days, I decide which other days I will work overtime to pay for range time and the bullets and the gasoline for travel and even match fees, I will arrange for others to go with me to coach me and give feedback. I pick the matches I will compete in, preparing well in advance that I show up on time and with all my gear. This takes a lot of effort and planning and WORK. Winning is not only a mindset but also a well-executed strategy. If I did not achieve the desired goals, no one is to blame, especially not the federal government. But I should examine my flaws and successes in order to affect corrections where needed and ensure a repeat of what did work.

Wealth works the same way as this winning thing.

And guess what? So does losing and poverty, but in the reverse. Lack of planning and failure to set goals comes from a POOR attitude. Refusing to adhere to any discipline and dismissing the need to appeal to others for their assistance and coaching also stems from a Poor Me attitude.  Not stopping to reflect upon one’s progress in reaching the goal can lead to failure, a poor mindset and an impoverished demeanor. No one stops a competitor from succeeding but the competitor himself. No one stopped me. They certainly tried. But for every road block put in my way, I determined a way around it. I was like the Little Engine That Could. Winners think and plan and evaluate and prepare and re-evaluate. They do not ruminate in their disappointments or blame others or wait for someone else to fix things for them.

Therefore, I propose a revision to my introduction: The rich keep getting richer and the poor can get rich, too! Now, get going.

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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