THE TOP CEO PAY FIGURES ARE OUT...
...AND FOR THE REST OF US, WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE MAKING THAT KIND OF MONEY...
...AT LEAST WE CAN VENT SOME OF OUR FRUSTRATIONS WITH A SONG ABOUT MONEY CALLED “BIG BUCKS”
When you read the reports in the newspapers and online about the gigantic pay packages of some of the top CEOs, you wonder, where did I go wrong?
Did I miss school that day? Did I take a wrong turn someplace? How did they get in those jobs with the big bucks? Who and or what did they know? What did they say?
How do you get those jobs with the big bucks?
And if you were a kid again, thinking about the future...you would probably think about that old rhyme about what do you want to be when you grow up...a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, a doctor, a lawyer, an indian chief? How about a Hedge Fund Manager or a top CEO? Or maybe a star athlete?
Playing baseball for a living would be a lot of fun,
but you’d better be able to hit the ball out of the park or throw a mean curve if you want to make it big in the big leagues... So if you might not be able to make it in professional sports and if you don’t have the talent to become a rock star, you might as well aim to become a top CEO, because that’s where the money is.
According to a recent report, with the disparity between top CEO pay and the pay of the average worker, it would take the average worker just 3,489 years to make the same amount of money as that of the top CEO. (Just 3,489 years? If you get some bonuses and some overtime, maybe you can get there a little bit faster?)
Many times, you will also read in a newspaper that some Chief Executive gets a multi-million dollar severance deal just for getting getting fired...and you’ll also read about some other Chief Executives who get gigantic bonuses even after their businesses lose a lot of money. Is that the way it’s supposed to work? That’s the way it works for some people.
And then, if you turn a few pages in, you will see the real economic news...You’ll see headlines like American economy still in doldrums, millions still unemployed...time is running out...while others are getting paid millions....
...So what are the rest of us supposed to do if you can’t play professional sports, if you can’t make it up that corporate ladder, if you can’t bust through that glass ceiling, if you haven’t figured out how to make a million dollars on Wall Street or whatever other street you are on? The best we can do is to try hard to struggle through...
...And one more thing we can do is to vent our frustrations with a Hip-Hop song called “Big Bucks,” a song about pulling down big money.
Some of the lyrics in “Big Bucks” go like this... “It don’t take brains, it don’t take brawn, I only hope it don’t take too long.”
People can hear a free clip of “Big Bucks” at www.barrows.com/
The song was co-written in 1998 by Robert Barrows of San Mateo, California and Gary Warren, of Sacramento, California. It was originally released in 1999 to stations that played rap and hip-hop. “Big Bucks” and another song on the CD called “Run For Office,” a satire on politics, both got some airplay.
Some of the other lyrics to “Big Bucks” are along these lines:
How do they get in those jobs with the big bucks? “How did they get there?” Who, or what did they know?”
The song goes on in this vein and then it ends with the lines:
“In the game of money, competition is tough...Keep going for your dreams until you find Big Bucks, Big Bucks.” Followed by... “I need money, Big Bucks, I need money.”
“Don’t we all?” says Barrows, too bad I haven’t figured out the secret to making that kind of dough. Did I miss school that day?Did I forget to read that chapter?"
“Maybe I’ll make my millions if millions of people download these songs?” he adds.
“And maybe someday, somebody will also buy some of my sculpture? Maybe they’ll
buy the patent rights to the video tombstone I invented, and maybe they’ll even publish my book, ‘Cemetery of Lies,’ he continues...and maybe I’ll figure out how to make big bucks, someday, just like the song.”
Barrows is also the inventor of a video tombstone called the Video Enhanced Gravemarker (U.S. Patent #7,089,495) www.barrows.com/
For more information about “Big Bucks,” and to arrange an interview with Robert Barrows, contact Robert Barrows at R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising and Public Relations in San Mateo, California at 650-344-4405, www.barrows.com.