Hey New York: It's Snow, Not The Apocalypse

Friday, 14 Feb 2014 02:37 PM

By Ronn Torossian

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Darren Hardy in “The Compound Effect: Jumpstart your income, your life, your success,”wrote: “As a nation, our entire populace seems to have lost appreciation for the value of a strong work ethic. We’ve had two, if not three, generations of Americans who have known great prosperity, wealth, and ease. Our expectations of what it really takes to create lasting success — things like grit, hard work, and fortitude — aren’t alluring, and thus have been mostly forgotten. We’ve lost respect for the strife and struggle of our forefathers.
 
“The truth is, complacency has impacted all great empires including, but not limited to, the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Portuguese, France, and English. Why? Because nothing fails like success. Once-dominant empires have failed for this very reason. People get to a certain level of success and get too comfortable.”
 
Today marked a mild storm in the New York City region. We awoke to temperatures in the mid-30s, three inches of snow in the city, yet so many in the Northeast region didn’t go to work. Uber-capitalist retail banks? Chase Bank and others closed for the day. No mail delivery to my midtown PR Agency and endless complaining about the snow.
 
It’s called work for a reason, and in New York City immigrant-owned delis, barbershops, and family-owned restaurants are open constantly — because if they don’t work, they don’t get paid. Meanwhile, countless “employees” didn’t work.
 
The uber leftist values of the Obama administration contributes to people feeling they don’t need to go to work when there’s snow. In the New York region, on most days the worst that can happen is some wet people on the way into the office who spend a few minutes extra commuting.
Take Obamacare which, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, “will disincentivize working more hours and earning more money. Under Obamacare, if a family of four is earning below approximately $95,000 without employer healthcare, it’ll receive subsidies. But if that same family’s wage earners picked up some more hours that put them over the income threshold, it will cost them approximately 15 percent of what they make. The more you make, the more you lose.”
 
The report says the saying the Affordable Care Act “creates a disincentive for people to work.”
 
Thomas Edison once said, “There is no substitute for hard work” and as The New York Post recently wrote, “Come on, it’s snow — not the apocalypse. New Yorkers pride themselves on toughness but wither when inclement weather is in the forecast.”
 
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.
 
 

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