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post #21 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 01:54 PM
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OP the only person who can limit what you can do IS you.
Going to school will provide a better economic status and that is a step in the right direction.
Make a plan write it down and adjust it as you achieve each mini goal on that list.
You can dream as much as you want and you CAN realize your dreams. Not without sacrifice or planning. Even those who are blessed with good financial means have to do those two things.
Nothing in life worth doing is going to be easy.
Good luck and dream big. Shalom
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post #22 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 03:04 PM
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I think if you set your mind to it you can go as far as you want..

I applaud you for giving up lessons for a month while your husband didn't have a job and your were going to school. At least you are reasonable about it! Get your degree and find a job and soon enough you will have a horse and be able to care for it properly!

I always wanted a new saddle so I saved up a change jar (a big pretzel container) I only put quarters, half dollars and dimes in it...before you know it I had $1300 (IN CHANGE) saved up for a new saddle. The banker could not believe it . People can not believe that I actually kept to it and didn't break down and spend it. Even when times were though. Im glad I didn't because now I have 13 one hundred dollar bills and this spring I am going to get myself a new saddle! I even got the little girls out at where I keep my horse to start doing the same ( I think its good for them haha)

If you want it, stay with and it will come!

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post #23 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 05:08 PM
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That is awesome Casey!
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post #25 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
I disagree. The opportunities for upward mobility are, if anything, better now than in the past.
Sorry to be blunt but that is flat out wrong. It is a cold hard fact that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and it's not all due to bad money management. Here's just one article; you can find many more: Census: Middle class shrinks to an all-time low - Washington Post

It's very easy for successful people to claim that anyone can be successful. But for every one success story you hear there are 10 stories of failure that you never hear. There is only so much room at the top.

To be successful you need a lot of a) time b) money or c) talent. Some people have NONE of those things.
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post #26 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 07:40 PM
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Failure is a part of life. Successful people fail also. The difference is they don't whine about it, they start again. If folks stopped wanting a share of other peoples success and instead put that energy into their own, it would work out much better for them.

If the OP wants it then reach for it. Don't expect someone to hand it to you. Work hard and work harder. It will come.
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post #27 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
Sorry to be blunt but that is flat out wrong. It is a cold hard fact that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer...
Not the place for a political discussion, but I will just point out that most of the people who make claims like those have an agenda, and they are distorting facts to that purpose.

Yes, there's only so much room at the top, but a) the top keeps rising; b) there's still plenty of room in the middle; c) even down on the lower rungs, you stand a very good chance of being able to live a pretty decent life if you just exercise common sense & financial prudence. I've done it.

As for the absolute top, check out the Forbes list of 400 richest Americans, and compare it to the same list from 20 years ago. Very few of the same people on both lists, while a good many of today's uber- rich made their fortunes in things (Google, Amazon, Facebook...) that didn't even exist 20 years ago.
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post #28 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 10:17 PM
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You can get ahead in life if you get an education in a field that has paying jobs. I would be so broke if I didn't have my education. And education without goals will not get you a job. If you get a degree in a liberal arts field such as art or philosophy, you are going to have to go all the way through graduate school to be employed. Or you could be a nurse and make good money with a two year degree.
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post #29 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 10:39 PM
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I think that it's definitely possible to go far with competing if you work hard and put your mind to it. For Olympic level/international level though...realistically, how many people have the horsepower to back that? Horses with the talent -and- mindset for that level of work and competition are very few and far between. They aren't cheap when you find them either (usually). Certainly a middle, run of the mill and good hearted horse will take you far (my pony took me 4th level in dressage and was bought for a whopping $450) but for elite high level competition riders will require horses that aren't every day horses; those horses are beyond spectacular. Also, riders have to have some sort of talent to back it. Some people work and work at their riding, are dedicated as all heck, and will still never make it to those international levels, but, some will. I honestly feel riders need to have some natural talent and feel to back their passions in order to make international level. And lessons, lessons, absolutely cannot make it their without a coach. So, money isn't everything but it can influence a lot. You need the money for the horsepower and the trainers. I'm sure this isn't the rule but it's probably more the norm. Granted sponsers play a huge role for many high calibre riders (but that's when you have to be talented enough to catch someone's eye)

That being said: Follow your passions and never give up. Hard work will pay off whether you want to ride at a local, national, or international level. You don't know unless you try.
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post #30 of 51 Old 02-10-2013, 10:47 PM
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There is no reason to discourage the OP from attempting to realize her dream.
She CAN become a good rider and compete at the top.
Her desire and abilities are hers to achieve no one elses.
Plenty of people achieve their personal goals despite their humble beginings. Good luck Shalom
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