Sunday, February 14, 2010

Punching In

Work will order your life.

Ernest O. Brown
(Thank you Ernie)
I once saw an interview with a woman whose father was one of the richest men in the world. She said that everything in her life was provided for her. She had a beautiful home, with servants to take care of her every wish. She had several cars, her own yacht, a private jet, clothes designed for her by the best Paris and Italian designers, an excellent education and she moved among the circles of the very wealthy. Her only obligations were social events, raising money for charities and such

How could such a person complain? But she said after a few years of her lush and lavish life she began to feel "spiritually barren" because she didn't have anything to do.

Her father, she said, could have gotten her a job anywhere in the world, but what she wanted was a career. She tried out several ideas. They didn't work out because she was unacquainted with the world of business and knew nothing about the concept of labor.

She went too far in the opposite direction to compensate and tried to find work at the simplest level of the labor market and found that she wasn't suitable for any type of labor. She had no background, no experience to peddle, no resume.

She took a night school course in accounting and, through a contact, got an entry level job in the fashion industry as a bookkeeper. She eschewed any kind of favoritism. She was treated as an equal with those around her in the office. She insisted on that. She said that now she had a job, a career and something to look forward to. She said she was learning things from the other workers.

She wasn't going to give up the yacht or her fancy home. Why should she? But now she had a real job. she was a nine to fiver, she had to go to work every day. She may be driven to work in a limo, but when she got there she had to punch in.

Weekend Quiz

"A stitch in time is worth two in the bush."

Your assignment is to take two or more grand old sayings, cliches, sage saws or famous quotes and cobble (clobber) them together to make a new and wiser adage or utter nonsense as in the above.

Enter as often as you wish. The decision of the ornery, biased judge is final.

Good luck.


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Earning your way and making a contribution is important.

Lisa said...

I'm up to my ass in alligators but if it was easy everyone would be doing it.