By Katie Kieffer
The late and beloved actress Lucille Ball once said: “I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”
Meanwhile actress Betty White, recently named America’s most trusted celebrity by a Reuters/Ipsos poll, is 89-years-old and still working. She offers some good advice for young people: “Be professional, respect your business, show up on time … I’m going to be 90 in January and here I am still working and having a wonderful time.”
Ball and White’s basic message about hard work, responsibility and professionalism is refreshing and inspirational at a time when so many celebrities (think Lindsay Lohan) flaunt irresponsibly and our government restricts wealthy job creators.
Lest anyone think that America should become more like Europe and adopt more socialist policies, watch this video of young people rioting in Manchester, England. At about 7:38 in the video, young people wearing hoodies and dark sunglasses explain why they felt entitled to smash store windows, set fire to small businesses and steal TVs, money, jewelry and clothes from local entrepreneurs.
One young man rationalizes his behavior by saying: “You’ll do anything to get more money, won’t ya?” (Well, almost anything. If it involves work, many UK youths aren’t interested.)