Don’t Become an Economic Victim
As a transsexual woman - you’ll experience your share of discrimination and limitations. However, one of the worst traps you can get caught in as a minority is economic victimology. Do most minorities face greater obstacles, invisible barriers, and less opportunities than non-minorities?
Will obsessing and repeatedly reminding yourself that you’re on the short end of the stick get you out of that cesspool?
In fact, it tends to keep us there.
Breaking Free of Economic Victimology!
I’m over many of my friends in queer culture living with an “economic victim” mentality. Our brethren includes some of the best & brightest minds on the planet. However, our specialty is most recognized for being the loudest voices at Occupy Wall Street protests.
Unfortunately, we can’t break free of this gravitational pull until we quit being the victim.
Its time to witness a trans-woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company and a trans-man driving a killer new medical technology enterprise.
We need to break down what I call “the economic four-minute barrier of trans culture”.
Are you familiar with the story of the four-minute mile? It’s such a telling example of the power of example when it comes to helping others break mental barriers.
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The Four Minute Mile
For years people believed it was impossible. It was impossible that a man could run a mile in under four minutes. Doctors and Scientists said that the human body could not possibly achieve such a feat; some suggested that the body would break apart before such a speed could be reached. Everyone agreed: the four-minute mile was not possible.
Well, not quite everyone. After breaking the 1500m record (the mile is 1600m) Roger Bannister started to believe. He started to believe that the four-minute mile could be broken. And that belief made all the difference. It led to increased training and an all out effort to break the barrier
Then on May 6, 1954 it happened. Roger Bannister had done it. He had broken the four-minute mile; a barrier thought impossible. Now he had proven that it could be done. Other people now had the evidence that the four-minute mile could be broken. Other people had the belief.
In the days and years that followed, that belief turned into results:
- ¥ Just 46 days later Jim Landry of Australia broke the record again.
- ¥ Less than two months after that both Landry and Bannister both broke four minutes in the same race
- ¥ Since then thousands of people have run the mile in under four minutes
- ¥ In the next 30 years the record was broken 16 more times
- ¥ The record now stands at 3 minutes and 43 seconds
- ¥ Even high school students have broken the four minute mile
- ¥ In 1997 Daniel Komen of Kenya double the feet running TWO miles in LESS THAN EIGHT minutes.
Each of these feats took Roger Bannister breaking the record to show the way. To show them that it was possible. To break the barrier that others had put up. Once Bannister broke the barrier, everyone else followed suit.
It’s Up to You and Me!
What lesson do we take away from the four-minute mile? It’s up thou - it’s to me - to knock down barriers and inspire others by example that success can and will be achieved. This example will carry over to trans-women , potential employers and the public at large.
However, you can’t break records if your hands are busy carrying victim posters and your mind is preoccupied over who to blame versus finding a new solution.
We can do this!
Corporations Do it For Money - and so do we!
Tired of “corporations” screwing you over? I think this is usually overplayed.
A “corporation” is an individual entity - just like a human being. Its sole job is to provide an optimized return to its owner - the shareholders. Those that do that job best? Their management teams gets rewarded.
As an entity, we’re just like these corporations. We go out and earn money for our benefit. How often do you give a large portion of your weekly paycheck to your neighbor? Alas, we already all do some of that - by paying taxes - so do these companies.
On a good note?
Company’s are striving to maintain an optimal ranking by HRC for queer culture. We can thank the gays for bringing this about. Why do company’s do it? For money - like we just discussed - since it improves their image with customers and helps retain the smartest gay talent.
To get our voices heard louder we need more financially successful post-transition transsexual women to evolve. It takes real money to effect change. That - won’t occur if our best and brightest stay locked in a victim mentality.