GLENN: From WSC in South Carolina, man, it is always good to be in the South. Welcome to the program. We're glad you're here. We just had a guy call. Dan, do you remember where he was calling from? What city was he calling from? Does anybody know, Sarah?
STU: Cincinnati. He was in Cincinnati but he was actually over the river, Glenn. He was over the river and he was in Kentucky. He was a few miles away from Cincinnati. He just wanted to make sure you knew that, he wasn't in Cincinnati.
GLENN: Yeah, he had to point that out to me. All right. So he's south of the Mason-Dixon line. He's in Kentucky, and he said "Your theory of capitalism is flawed." And I said, how's that? He said, "Well, because in your theory even if, if we play this all out to the extreme," he said, "Even if everybody works as hard as they possibly can, gets all the education that they can, there will still be people working at McDonald's." Whoa. Well, first of all, let me say this. I'm sorry that working at McDonald's is so bad. I'm sorry that honest labor now in this country is so bad. I'm sorry -- I hope this guy never eats at McDonald's because you're taking advantage of the disadvantaged. If you believe that, then by working -- by buying anything at McDonald's, you are helping apparently what is slave labor. You're just furthering the evil clown.
Let me ask you this question: If everybody had the most education and everybody worked hard and there were still people working at McDonald's, should we just then have the government go in and abolish McDonald's? Should there only be Ruth's Chris steakhouses? And even if there were Ruth's Chris steakhouses, wouldn't there still have to be people that wait those tables? This is the insanity of people who embrace socialism.
Gang, I told you a year ago that you were going to wake up one day and your country's going to be different. The country is different. Socialism is there. They have suspended any kind of sanity. They are intentionally now trashing our dollar. There's no way else to explain what's going on. Let me -- for those of you who think that it's so unfair that we have to have people that work at McDonald's, let me ask you this: How many people in this country have started behind the counter at McDonald's? I washed pots and pans; I'm rich now. God bless America. There's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with it. Only in this country can you become rich and come from nothing. That's the American dream, that you can pursue your dream. Not that you get your dream.
You know, the scariest thing my daughter has ever, ever said to me, and she said this to me and it scared the living daylights out of me because it's what I said. It's one of the reasons why I was an alcoholic and quite honestly a loser for a lot of my life. She said to me, "Dad, I don't think my life is going to work out how I had it planned." I broke into tears. I said, "Honey, you're right. It's not. But that's a good thing. Life never works out the way you planned. It's a journey. It's being able to look at the things that have happened to you and being able to flip them upside down and see them in the proper perspective. There is no bad. There is only things that happen to you, and you choose to make them bad or you choose to grow from there. You choose to learn from your mistakes."
As a guy who refused to learn from my mistakes over and over an over again, you can get so bitter, "Oh, well, I'll never get out. Oh, well, these people are always..." those are loser statements. "They always are trying to keep me down." The only ones that are ever trying to keep you down are not the ones who are saying "Cut the crap." Take everybody out of the path. Let me succeed or fail on my own. Anybody who tries to say, "Oh, well, you need me to help you," that's an enabler. "Oh, you need me."
You know when we really succeed is when we don't need anyone. We choose to engage with others because we know that, man, if I combine my talents with your talents, my self-awareness with your self-awareness, we can really do great things. But when somebody's in a relationship where the other one's like, "Okay, well, you're just too stupid" or you're just whatever, and they are constantly telling you -- remember, what this government is doing is telling you, they are convincing you that you can't do it. That is an abusive relationship! That's mental abuse. If this was a relationship, a husband and a wife and you were the husband or you were the wife and the government was the other spouse and you went to a counselor and you would say to the counselor, "Well, these are the things that my spouse keeps telling me, that I can't do it without them, that I need them, that they'll protect me, that I'm too weak, that I need bailing out, that they'll clear the path," at some point the counselor would look to your spouse and say, "You're abusing them. You are weakening them. You are intentionally implanting that message in their head over and over again constantly 24/7 and you are crippling them." Then the counselor would look to you and say, "Well, now that you know the truth, what are you going to do." And unfortunately, because I see it over and over and over again, the abused always says, "Well, they really do love me and I'm sure they'll change. And they don't mean it that way. And, well, I just don't want to start all over again. Well, I don't know if I can make it on my own. I... I'm better off where I'm at." You know why that happens? People don't like change. No matter how bad it is, they are more afraid of the unknown than the abuse. Don't be afraid of the unknown. That is -- I have to tell you, that's the point, that's the message in the Christmas Sweater, and I see this on a personal level with almost every single person I meet. The people who are not successful are always the ones standing in their own way of success. I meet people -- and I mean this. Every day I meet somebody, whether they are in my industry or somebody else's industry and I meet them and I think to myself, that person is a multimillionaire. Why? Why are they not successful? Why are they struggling? And if I take the time to talk to them, I can see it. They don't believe or they're engaged in some sort of self-destructive behavior. Everybody puts a limit on themselves, and nine out of ten times it's because of arrogance or it's fear. They just think that they're so great, they treat others like garbage. That was my problem for years and years and years, arrogance. But my problem also had the other side: Fear. I was so arrogant because I was so afraid that there wasn't anything real inside of me, and I think most people are like this. They don't think that there's anything really inside of them. They don't think that, "Well, they have these dreams, but those are stupid dreams and I can't talk to anybody about those. I made so many mistakes, I'll never get back, and I'm afraid everybody's going to figure out that I'm really a fraud." All of that stuff is stopping you! And it's all stuff that allows others to have power over you. Don't care anymore. The secret is don't care.
You know, when I'm out on these book signings, I try so hard to listen to the spirit, I try so hard. I look, I try to at least, I look at everybody in the eye. When you come to meet me, we only usually have about five seconds, but I try to really look you in the eye for as long as I can and I can feel it. People break their eye contact from me so fast, and I wish I could just say, "You, go stand on the other side." When they come by, I can see it. They break their eye contact. Some people don't even make contact. They will glance up real quick, but they won't really make eye contact. And I just want to say to them, "You, go stand behind me. I'm going to spend 15 minutes with you afterwards." Because I can tell the ones that don't believe in themselves or are hurt or something is going on inside of them that they don't want to look because they know. It's like they -- whether it's subconscious or not, they can't handle somebody looking in their eye because they know that that person, they think that person's going to be able to see who they really are, and who they really are is not very good. And that's a lie! I can see it in people's eyes. I can see it when they come by and they are the first ones that they are looking at me in the eye before I am and they are walking away and they are turning their body and they are still walking away and they are still looking me in the eye. That person has what they need. But they are afraid. Most people are afraid, and I know. Because you don't know what it is that's inside of you.
Let me tell you what's inside of you: Peace. Happiness. There may not be success in the worldly sense, but that's what's so screwed up about our country right now. Jeez, didn't we learn this on September 11th? Success wasn't money. It wasn't a bigger house. It wasn't a bigger television. Success was happiness. Success was family. The big thing I struggle with, the hardest thing for me to do is to be with my children. It really is. I don't know how to be a good dad. I don't. I struggle with it every single day. But let me tell you something: I'm gonna do it. I spend time with my kids, and my kids know it.