Why do we WORK?

Bird Droppings December 27, 2011

Why do we WORK?

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” Aristotle

How many times do we all hear how difficult the job is or how “I hate my job” I am always confused when I hear this. I want to ask why are you doing this if you hate it so much. I am sorry it doesn’t make sense to them as I sit and ponder this dilemma. I have heard teachers many times over echo their dislike for teaching and always wonder why then are you here teaching in a school. There is far more damage done by disgruntled teachers than perhaps any in any other job I can think of.

“Make yourself indispensable, and you will move up. Act as though you are indispensable, and you will move out.” Jules Ormont

So many people assume they are indispensable.

“We’ve entered an era when very good, competent people aren’t getting jobs. One remedy is to stand out, to self-promote. If you do, you’re going to get the nod over some co-worker.” Jeffery P. Davidson

Depending on your political drift we are several million jobs behind or have added several million jobs, but in effect actually we are still behind just not that much and the job market id tougher than ever. College graduates are being warned to get a graduate degree could be in part to keep them in school a few more years and out of the job market. I recall a Georgia  Tech. versus University of Georgia football game and signs on the Tech side read “What does a UGA graduate call a Tech Graduate” the answer being “BOSS” and or UGA graduates average annual salaries $23,000.00 and Georgia Tech Graduates average salary $56,000.00. While rivalry signs and animosity abound it is the concern about jobs that drives it. Will I have a job when I graduate?

Years ago I left teaching because of income I recall my choice well stay in a field I truly enjoyed and make less than ten thousand dollars a year or go into graphics and make nearly four times as much. While I spent my summers teaching doing graphic arts and making more than I did teaching I was thinking of marriage and such and the economics leaned against teaching. As it were a chance to return to teaching came up years later although still a lot less money than the publishing business and I jumped or was pushed by my wife is more like it.

“We may not be able to offer long-term employment, but we should try to offer long-term employability.” Brian Corby

“Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want.” Bernard M. Baruch

Far too often in our complaining about work and jobs we lose sight we still need to perform that to which we were hired. We also need to do it well and to be successful at it.  Leaving a job with a good reference can always lead to a better and more promising job.

“Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments, Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know thyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at.” Thomas Carlyle

“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” Thomas A. Edison

I think most people know when they are good at something or not. Why some people choose to stay with jobs they disagree with I will never know. As I am listening to complaints and questioning I will say look elsewhere. However if you choose to stay then learn all you can about what you do so you can do it better.

“One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours –all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.” William Faulkner

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it.” Henry Ford

Each day I wonder about students I see especially the ones who don’t care. Those students who simply take up space and I wonder where will they be in a few years, jail maybe working for minimum wage or on disability. Everyday becomes a challenge to hopefully uplift enough to overcome that melancholy of lack of concern and get some focus. It is about encouragement rather than discouragement. It is to up lift rather than tear down. Sadly some students are hard eggs to crack and really don’t care assuming to live at home forever and have mom and or dad there to feed and clothe them.

“My father always told me, “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Jim Fox

“Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.” Abraham Lincoln

I was thinking back to my first real job teaching swimming at the YMCA in Coatesville Pa. Each Friday I would get a brown envelope with cash in it then I would try and figure how many hours I worked and what taxes were taken out. The computations were made on the front of the envelope. Today my paycheck is electronically deposited in the bank and electronically usable amazing how far we have come. But the desire and drive to work and to excel at a job that is still no different than it was for Thomas Edison and Abraham Lincoln. You have to want to and you have to choose to excel in order to succeed. Before I write each morning I check the news on the internet so often I wonder about politicians do they want to succeed or are they just along for the ride. They reap their benefits whether they achieve or do not. Perhaps this is where high school students learn from watching failing politicians on TV and think all I need is to get to point B and I can coast for the rest of my life just like they do. Thinking to my writing today and why do I work eight to twelve hours a day even on holidays and it is because I enjoy what I do. So my dear friends we are nearing the end to another year and Mayan calendar or not another great year ahead. Please keep all in harm’s way on your minds and in your hearts and remember to always give thanks.



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