As a marketer, I see a lot of spam, but the other day I had my first spam-based epiphany. I woke up to the following Tweet from "Dolly":

Call me a skeptic, but I somehow doubt that Dolly actually spends her days taking pouty bathroom-mirror snapshots while coaching people to work from home. Before I engaged my semi-automatic Block/Report finger, though, I noticed something...

My life > the dream.

The too-good-to-be-true promise of this tweet was to be my own boss and make 48K/year doing it. Not to sound self-important, but I suddenly realized that I work from home and make more than twice that. The "dream" was actually worse than my real life.

You can do better.

In a way, it's sad that the new American dream is apparently to not be bossed around while making slightly more than the median household income. Maybe it's a sign of the times, but I think you can do better than that. It's not about the money – it's about not letting your imagination be limited by people like "Dolly", who's probably stuck making $500/month posing for suggestive Facebook photos.

05 Jan – Roger Dooley

"Dolly" is probably a guy in a 5th-floor walk-up in Calcutta, and $4K sounds like a Donald Trump lifestyle. ;)

05 Jan – Dr. Pete

@Roger - LOL, good point, and probably 100% accurate. I also suspect that 50% of my Facebook friends aren't really 19-year-old Japanese girls in bikinis.

05 Jan – Roger Dooley

Gosh, Pete, don't destroy ALL my illusions!