children of the wealthy & work

coffee and success

 “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”







As proof that the uber wealthy aren’t all cads or completely out of touch … David & Victoria Beckham’s 15 year old son is going to be trotting down the street to work as a barista in a London coffee shop.


Oddly … this little piece of seemingly insignificant news has drawn an exorbitant amount of negative skeptical cynical hate in comments and commentary. In other words … there sure are a lot of hateful people out there.






I admit.

I like this.



I don’t delude myself into believing that anyone at the Beckham’s wealth level will ever end up scrounging thru life as a barista … but I like that instead of getting him a job behind the scenes at some movie set or in some posh position … they are putting him in a public interfacing job at a young age.


I also imagine it helps that despite his wealth … I believe David Beckham came from a normal middle class <or blue collar> background and became wealthy by working really hard and maintaining a strong commitment to making the most of his athletic <and charisma> abilities.

I believe he is well known as one of the hardest working people in sport.


Given that … I don’t find it difficult to believe that he would be interested in instilling some of his own attitudes with regard to ‘you have to work hard to gain success’ in his son.


Maybe more importantly <about this story> … is that I think it is a good work no short cutsreminder that these people really are not special … they are simply super rich.



I had some part-time jobs when I was a teenager and full time jobs in the summer <albeit I didn’t go home to Posh & Becks in a mansion>.

These jobs rounded out a Life experience. It wasn’t just work it was responsibility and crap like that.


And, yes, I worked with some people who were considerably less fortunate than me.

And I fully understand that simply because I worked with them did not mean that I understood how difficult their life was.


But these jobs gave me some perspective … they did permit me to understand responsibility <even if I thought the job or task sucked> and I imagine it enriched my life in some form or fashion by having jobs when I was a teenager.



But Posh & Beck’s son.


I think it would be easy … too easy in fact … to shrug off this gesture by Beckham’s son as silly or even a waste of time. I also believe it would be far too easy to simply file this under “character building exercise.”


You shouldn’t <on both issues>.

This experience might just make him think about how hard some people have to work for how little money <when his home life is oozing with gobs of money>. This experience should be about responsibility and not character.


To me?

This can only be a good thing.

I am firmly aware this experience might not affect him at all.



Unless we give it the good ole college try … we won’t know.



If the job even gives him a bit of insight into how many people live … it’s a good thing. good or evil

Maybe he learns the value of a good cup of coffee to a person in the morning <and that sometimes even if you don’t have gobs of money a great cup of coffee makes you feel like a million bucks>.



I say good for Posh & Becks.


Well done as parents.


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