An Open Letter To My CEO
talia jane

Reading your open letter makes me ashamed to be part of the Millennial generation. I have been where you are, I know that life can be hard, but complaining about it and asking for handouts at the end? That’s not how to respond.

I was a young dumb teenager and I did some stupid things. I ended up with felony charges from some idiotic teenage action and I was facing 6–30 years in prison. It was $15,000.00 for me to get out of jail. I was broke. I was also fired from my job because of the charges. I went to court for four years straight to fight my case. During that time, I also worked (at a new job), went to school, volunteered and started saving my money since it had all been depleted due to my bail.

Well, it’s four years later now, and I work (no kidding) for the government. I fought my case, got my record expunged, finished school (I also went for a BA in English) and then got hired by the people that prosecuted me making fantastic money and the best benefits you could ask for. Every day during that four years fighting my case, I worked two jobs. I would wake up at 4:00 am and go to work, and I would get home around 10:00 p.m. and study for my classes until the wee hours of the morning. I also did surveys, etc. on the side to make extra money. I learned how to coupon, and I started to become so good at it, I would go to the grocery store and they would OWE me money due to coupon overages. I sold things for extra money for bills if I had to, and I gave up every luxury I could to get by. Now, I make good money, I have a wonderful job, and no student loan debt to boot — AND I WAS FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES. It was, by far, the biggest challenge I’ve ever had, but I learned a lot. I learned that we, as humans, can get by with a lot less than we think. Give up luxuries now so that some day you may have them when you’ve worked your way up in the job world.

If there is a will, there is a way. Stop being lazy. You’re not trying hard enough, and to me, that makes me believe that you don’t want a good career or a comfortable life as badly as you say, because if you did, you would make it happen.

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