My belief comes from the movie The Dark Knight. It’s when the Joker walks into the mob meeting and tells them a plan to protect their money.
One of the mob leaders says “what is your plan?”
The Joker says, “Its simple we uh kill the Batman.”
They laugh and one of them asks, “If it’s so simple, why haven’t you done it yet?”
“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” That is my belief. Even though in that scenario he was talking about killing someone, it’s a belief to live by. Really, it’s the sole purpose of working at something; to get a job and earn money. That’s why people work at something when they’re young; whether its sports, education, or social skills. If you get good at it, you can get paid.
In December, C.C. Sabathia (a MLB pitcher) signed a contract for $182 million. People say that’s way too much to pay a person just to throw a baseball at another person once every five days. But it’s something he has worked at all his life and is really good at, he deserves it (but not that much). It’s the same thing with any other sport. Players get paid to do the simplest things; dribbling a ball, skating on ice, throwing and catching a ball, etc.
I work at baseball a lot so I can get great at it so I can have a career when I get older. My belief helps me strive to this goal. My belief is behind all of the hard work I do. Getting good at baseball is what I to do so I can have a job later in life.
Earlier in my life I didn’t think of getting good at something would mean earning more money. But with the economy going lower and lower, and fewer jobs being available as we speak, you need to be good at something in order to get a job with a half-way decent pay. This should be a belief that everyone should think of. People work everyday so they can live and survive in this world. I believe in working at something to get better. I believe that if you’re good at something, never do it for free. This I believe.
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