“If you’re not rich ‘blame yourself’…

That’s what Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told the Wall St protestors today.

“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and
you’re not rich, blame yourself. It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded,
it is someone’s fault if they failed,” the ex-Godfather’s Pizza CEO declared.
See here.

Putting aside the fact that some people at the top have (historically) done
bad things, it’s also true that many folks who succeeded did so by building
their own business from scratch. All kinds of businesses, too.

Do you agree with this line: It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded,
it is someone’s fault if they failed.

And, does thinking about this question inspire you or depress you?



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  • Something is wrong with the narrative here. Question… How can Herman Cain blame Obama for the economy, joblessness and unemployment rate, and at the same time “vehemently” claim that it’s the individuals fault (eg. blame yourself ) if they don’t have a job?

  • I agree with this statement.

    It inspires me because I know my financial future is in my hands, rather than in the hands of a boss or a job.

    At the same time, this is not to imply that making a lot money is easy. It takes knowledge, time, sacrifice and even a little bit of good luck in order to succeed.

  • Our success is in our own hands; so is the opportunity to fail. If we stay in the opportunity that points to faillure… we are to blame; no one else is. It is a study in contrasts of the lives of Pres. Obama and Herman Cain. Herman Cain chose opportunities that led him to successes. Obama chose an opportunity that has allowed him to demonstrate his shortcomings…some call it failure at leadership and governing. The main point is H. Cain helped others to succeed; B. Obama tells us WE are failures. B. Obama’s approach depresses me. I am in my 7th decade and I have seen a lot. Read H. Cain’s book, “This is Herman Cain!” to help understand the contrast between these two men.

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