Hard Work GOOD
I talk with business owners and company decision makers everyday. In my conversations and relationship building process I have found that there is a growing problem. To date, there have been over one million jobs created by the White House and no one wants to fill them. The problem seems to be people in the age range of 18 – 35. We call them millennials. A quick google search and I found that they are about 50% of the work force. Let me pause and say that not all of them are the same. In fact, I’d like to point out a client of ours who is on the younger side. His name is Brandon Witkowski and he owns Premier Metal & Glass. To me it’s so exciting to watch his business grow as he works hard. I think we have several young business owners in our portfolio. If you have other examples of hard working millennials I would ask that you encourage them and spur them on towards love and good deeds.
Stepping back in time…
I remember when I was working early on in my career and punching the clock. If I was running late work, the clock instilled fear. Being even one minute late gave me a pit in my stomach and that hot flash feeling. Even worse yet if the boss caught me being late I was in big trouble. I was reprimanded and felt a certain degree of same for being lazy and hitting the snooze bar and reminded of something I read in a book:
“How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”
I could have lost my job! That gave me a reverent fear for my boss. But, if I got up early and got to work early I have nothing to fear. Not the clock and not the boss.
Rubbing my eyes
It’s not that way anymore. If a millennial comes in 30 minutes late he or she expects to start work as though nothing happened. When confronted you might get a response like “What? My hair was wet and I needed to blow dry it. There was nothing I could do. Get over it.” No more fear. No more shame. In fact, much disrespect. I talk to a lot of people and the message is consistent. Millennials lack the work ethic of other generations. It is very good that there are a ton of jobs. We just need to set the example for millennials that hard work is good. It really is. Hard work does so much more than pays the bills. It can give us a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Please teach this to our millennials. One of them is going to be president someday. Please pray.