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|10-14-2012, 10:18 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: In a house in TN
Sunday morning thought....
I sometimes believe that there are too many people that don't want to "work", and that is causing a high unemployment. I have seen too many times from people that "work" for me that they just want to be at "work" instead of doing "work". "Work" is an action, and not a location.
This is a story Zig Ziglar told.
In the 1950s, an incident took place on a sweltering summer afternoon alongside a railroad track where a crew of workers was doing some repair work. A train came chugging down the track and pulled off on a side rail. A window opened and a voice—a man’s voice—shouted out, “Dave! Dave Anderson, is that you?”
It was; in fact, Dave Anderson was in charge of the crew. “Yeah, Jim, it’s me,” he shouted back.
The man on the train, Jim Murphy, yelled out, “Well, come on over here and let’s chat a while.”
So Dave stopped what he’d been doing and joined Jim Murphy in his private air-conditioned railroad car for almost an hour, no doubt happy to get out of the broiling sun. When the conversation ended, he made his way back to his crew working on the track. The flabbergasted crew stared at him in utter shock and said something to the effect of, “That was Jim Murphy, the president of the railroad.”
“Yup, it sure was,” Anderson said.
They all gathered around and excitedly wanted to know how Dave knew Jim Murphy, the president of the railroad, for God sakes, to say nothing about he got to be such good buddies with the man and on a first-name basis to boot!
Dave explained: “Well, it’s quite simple—when I started with the railroad over 20 years ago, Jim Murphy started at the same time; we’ve been pals ever since.”
Now the crew is astonished as much as they are confused. They want to know how it is that Dave and Jim Murphy started working for the railroad at the same time and Murphy rose to such dizzying heights while old Dave is still working on the track in the hot sun. How in God’s name did that happen?
Dave looked wistfully up into the sky and said, “A little over 20 years ago Jim Murphy went to work for the railroad; I went to work for a $1.75 an hour.”
There’s nothing wrong being Dave Anderson; but if you want to be Jim Murphy, go for it! You just might wind up getting all the way to the top!
|10-14-2012, 10:27 AM||#2 (permalink)|
I will only take a little issue with your first sentence. My home state, Michigan, has had high unemployment - and for the most part - it is due to a slow economy and huge lay offs rather than people 'not wanting to work'.
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|10-14-2012, 12:53 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: PEI, Canada
It is really a problem of logistics far more than a simple matter of people "not wanting to work". I know people who are looking for work, and I know people who are looking for employees. The problem? Those looking for work are in one part of the region, and those looking to hire are in another.
One of my old classmates has been 'out of work' for nearly two years, applying for every job he can find in his field in the region, and cold calling every company working in his field trying to get a job. He has some experience, not a huge amount but more than enough to make short lists time and time again for positions, and often gets called back in for second and third interviews. He pulls min-wage retail positions and freelance contracts on the side to cover his living costs, but he is doing a fraction of what he could. And yet he keeps drawing the short straw. I was stuck in a similar position for awhile, lots of interviews, lots of people looking to hire, but more people looking to fill those jobs than there are positions.
High unemployment leads to fewer people with an income, which in turn leads to fewer consumers, and an overall downturn in people hiring. The current employment model is horribly unoptimized and inefficient, but it is the only one the majority wants to accept because they see it as the only one that will work.
Personally, I will welcome our robotic overlords when they come and make the world run efficiently.