Can The Struggle Still Pay Off?

Some people say that struggling to move up the economic ladder is not possible anymore. While there may be some truth in the belief that it is more difficult than it may have been in some times past, there is good evidence that it still can happen.


The October 2012 issue of the Oregon State Bar Association provides two excellent examples of this. 


Karen Williams is a successful attorney who works on community development projects and real estate. She is highly rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the attorney rating company, and has other accolades to her ability. She was not born to wealth however. She and her sister were the first in her family to gain college degrees. After college she worked in a number of jobs and had to work for a decade to save enough money to go to law school. She finished law school by attending evenings and weekends. She graduated in two and a half years with honors. 


Law school is hard. It is very hard for those who have the luxury of going to school and doing nothing else. Ms Williams managed to excel in law school evenings and weekends while working full time to pay for it. 


K. William Gibson is a successful attorney, mediator and arbitrator in Oregon. He spent his first year of law school attending class from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM and then worked the rest of each night for Thriftway Stores in a warehouse. He did this while being married with two small children. By his second year the Thriftway job dissolved and he took jobs as a law clerk during the day and continued his studies at night.


These stories are not unique. Many professionals struggled through school while working nights, weekends or any time they could. The same is true of those in business. These people have a clear idea of what they want to attain – they have a single goal which motivates them to work extraordinarily hard. 

I feel some kinship to these folks. I grew up poor. I was the first in my immediate family to get a college education. In fact my parents never even graduated from high school. I’ve lost count of all the odd jobs I did throughout college and graduate school to pay my way. I was a janitor, dishwasher, waiter, fry cook, bottle sorter in a bottling plant and a number of other such jobs over the eight years it took to gain my degrees. I was never just a student; I was always a working student. 


If you truly want something badly enough and are willing to work hard enough to attain it you will. It is not easy. It never was easy and will not be easy for anyone. However it is possible. For all those out there who desire to improve their situation these stories provide hope and, I hope, inspiration. Look around you, the young person flipping burgers, sweeping floors and doing other so called menial jobs may someday own the company, or attain some other goal if the desire is strong enough and the willingness to work hard and sacrifice is there. 


If you are striving do not give up. Keep at it. Keep your eye on your goal and persevere. There are no guarantees for anyone, but it can happen. Good luck.

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.