Most people, when you ask them why they want to or need to be rich, you’d be amazed at the variety of answers you’ll get. I’m pretty sure you have your own reasons, too, and we all live different lives, so it’s pretty much useless to state other people’s reasons, in a condescending tone that seems to convey that the reasons aren’t important – so, no, i won’t be doing that.
I will be a billionaire (and take note the word ‘will’ – as if it’s already the path that’s set for me – because it is!) and the reasons go deeper than the marianas trench.
You see, when you have a dream, you need money to achieve that dream. For example, if you dream to travel the world – no matter how many travel bloggers claim that they travelled for free, or on a specific budget, you will need money. Another one – if you dream to own a big house or a sports car – guess what, you need money!
My dream – is to build a company that would efficiently and conveniently transport Filipinos – a modern transportation company! I dream to build (of course with the help of the brightest minds in the country) a replacement for the loud jeepneys (which they claim to represent our history and culture, but no, it only represent the poverty that our country thrives in).
The transportation cube shall be solar powered, thereby reducing costs and shall embody modern and elegant transportation style at a cost similar or even lower to that of those clanky metals. Refreshments, wi-fi connection and even television shall be made available.
Not only do i envision seeing it in the streets of cities, but i also see it as the most plausible way to travel by land from any point in the country.
You see, the most uncomfortable means of transportation that my brother and I always always dreaded ever since we were tiny nuggets are buses! We were always nauseated and taking the pill that claims to prevent you from being drowsy is disgusting. I had enough when one day, my best friends and I travelled to Ozamis (supposedly 2 hours away from our hometown in Iligan) for a thanksgiving party.
So here’s the story – we waited in the bus terminal, like most people obviously do. And the older sisters who accompanied us warned us that it would be bloody. And how awfully bloody it was! When the bus (which seems to be on the verge of breaking down) came, all people rushed towards it, struggling to get in and find a space – but no, the bus was already full, and when another one came – my friends and I just had no other choice but to sprint and get in no matter what happens. My jaw was wide open when i saw the situation, by the way. And my best friend was definitely amused. The trip lasted twice as long as it’s supposed to be because the roads were being fixed.
In fact, there will be a lot of designs for the cube – a small one where it’s meant for only two or so people – the same way pedicabs or tricycles service people whose homes are far from the highways. Or big ones – meant for the streets.
You know who will benefit the most? Drivers. When i look at drivers especially when i ride the jeep, i feel pity. Because they’ve been doing the same job for years, and they receive no benefits! If they, just for one day, decide to take a sick leave, they’d be missing the earnings for the day. I am very impressed at how they’ve been putting up with the heat, the nasty passengers, the dangers and threats. Some, doesn’t even own yet the vehicles they’ve been riding for years.
With technology, proper scheduling of rides will be designed such that rides will be distributed according to the need in the area. Traffic would be greatly reduced – as traffic really results whenever vehicles stop whenever and wherever they want to just to get some passengers. They won’t need to fit in as much as passengers they can. In fact, they should strictly follow schedule, and leave as mandated by the algorithms. Government says that traffic will be resolved in yet another 10+ years. Maybe never. But the goal is to start today, by gathering as much resources and networks as I possibly could, and start building in 5 years. It’s going to be 5 years or never.
I figured the total amount i’m going to need would be at least a billion. And I wouldn’t mind throwing out the money I will earn for the dream. How else would I live my life? I dropped out to defy the norms. So there is definitely no going back, only forward.