I Think My Mindset Was Engineered.
When I was growing up, I hate to admit it, but television was a big deal! As a kid I worked my schedule around my favorite shows. I was born in the late 50’s so during my childhood, television was dabbling in the innocence of America so some of the popular sitcoms were My favorite Sons,, etc. These sitcoms portrayed family life in the “middle class” status. As I grew up, television started introducing family, reality sitcoms such as , , Jefferson’s etc.
In the 70’s we were again submitted to a deluge of dysfunctional family sitcoms.I was thinking about these sitcoms the other day and realizing how “normal” was portrayed. It was middle class and dysfunctional. Success was “having a job.” In Rosanne, dad had a blue color job. Rosanne’s family was considered to be the “average American family” along with its financial problems and the experience of two “reality” kids. The show combined all of the parenting problems a real family has, but facing it on a daily basis. How those kids behaved showed what I experienced from my children a couple times a year! I considered it to be “horrible parenting experiences” on steroids!
When ““ came on the scene, dad was a gynecologist, so there was a switch from a blue color to a white color job. The introduction to television viewers of moving from blue to white was to go to college, then get into a profession. If you were growing up during that time those were your choices.
1) Get a job
2) Go to college, then get a job and make more income to move yourself into the middle class. Take with you the financial burden, struggle, and debt to get the college bills paid. This was how the mindset of many Americans in my generation formed their perspective about financial status.
How Did Television Affect Your Mindset?
On the other end of the scale, there were sitcoms who portrayed how difficult it was to become wealthy or the wealthy were shown as snobs, and quite frankly, ridiculous. Whichever category was portrayed, we developed a mindset of what it meant to be lower class, middle class, or. In the Jefferesons, they were “moving on up to the east side because they finally get a piece of the pie.” They moved from “lower class” to “upper class” but their lifestyle wasn’t what I would consider wealthy! In other words, if living in an apartment on the “upper” side of town is wealthy, it really wasn’t something to consider in my future!
Some of the “upper class” shows included “The.” For example, In Different Strokes, a wealthy father adopts two black boys who get the opportunity to live in a mansion. There were lots of “undertones” about racism and the wealthy. The same was true with . It was easy to relate “snobbiness” with the wealthy. In Dynasty, the “super rich” or “elite” were portrayed along with dysfunction. Again, another example of the mindset of “Who would want to strive for that?”
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Television Tampered With Your Mindset!
Television is an indoctrination machine! It was then, and it still is. We developed our mindset of wealth by what we saw from some of these sitcoms, or if we were “entrepreneurial,” we discarded it. In my case, I went along with it for awhile, then eventually discarded the perspective because of my real experiences with “The Wealthy.”
I want to mention one movie. In my opinion, the ultimate status movie that comes to mind was the Titanic. The “poor” people were left on the bottom of the ship as she sank. The first to be rescued and placed on the lifeboats were the “upper class.” Society believed there was more value to the “upper class” people. We do not have to have this mindset.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset Is Possible!
I don’t remember any shows about entrepreneurship. I didn’t watch one show portraying the possibilities we have if we can exercise our ingenuity, creativity, and our innate sense of freedom. As I watched these shows, I was younger and my mind absorbed the messages. It took a while to “step out of the box” and think for myself and realize that entrepreneurship was an alternative. Imagine how many more people would pursue their dreams if they were able to exercise think for themselves and didn’t watch television?