The Sweat Pledge

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  1. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    This might become political. If it does, move it to the appropriate forum.

    I heard about this on the radio. The guy from "Dirty Jobs" has created a scholarship program to fund technical education. Recipients must sign the sweat pledge to receive the money. I agree with all but 3 and 7.

    http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/

    “THE S.W.E.A.T. PLEDGE”
    (Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo)

    1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

    2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

    3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

    4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

    5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

    6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

    7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

    8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

    9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

    10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

    11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

    12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

    On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.

    Sign and date
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Interesting idea.
     

  3. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There are some bad jobs. Like the ones portrayed on "Dirty Jobs." Case in point, peep show booth cleaner. :eek:
    Come in early, work late as long as you are compensated for the overtime.
    Volunteer for crappy assignments and you will become the office bitch.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    in regards to you opinion of #3 and #7, i think it depends on who you work for and whether they value you and your dedication and loyalty.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I think you may have a hard time finding Americans that will sign that. Not that there aren't plenty of other people in America that are looking for jobs that will.
     
  6. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    People no longer value integrity over money. They will sign it whether they agree or not.
     
  7. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Good point. They don't care what it says so long as they get paid.
    I guess I still haven't learned how to think like everyone else. Lol
     
  8. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The easiest way to get rid of trash is to pile it up by the road and put a price tag on it. Someone will steal it before the sun comes up.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Years ago, was doing an inspection of a tool & die makers shop. The owner was an older Hungarian gent, Master machinist. Sitting in his office, having a cup of coffee, I asked "Joe, why are 3/4 of your machinists Vietnamese?"

    " Want come work for Joe, you start minimum wage, learn sweep da floor. You show up, you do that, Joe teach you run lathe, screwcutter, mill, end mill, CNC machine, plasma cutter. Joe teach you weld. Joe teach you metals, temper, hardening. You pay attention, after 4-5 year, you journeyman die maker. Get job any domned tool & die shop in country, $60-70 t'ousand a year.

    American kids no come learn sweep da floor."
     
  10. DrumJunkie

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    Although ti might not be near as prevalent as it was there are people in this country that are willing to start at the bottom and bust their asses to get off the floor.
    Sadly though, I do think that you see that more from people that where not born here or are only a generation form it. Because it is them that went through all the hell adn hoops to get here that really strive to take advantage of the oppertunuty.

    At the end of the day I think it would be interesting to see the ones that not only take advantage of this opportunity but the ones that actually make it all the way though. THose will be a type of person that is much more a rare breed in the U.S. than they should be.
     
  11. artbrownsr

    artbrownsr Forum Chaplain Lifetime Supporter

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    I've been working hourly since I was 15 1/2 ( eligible for a Soc. Sec. Card), (50 years ago), and some jobs were downright BAD, but I completed my tasks
    Some employers accept overtime, some do not. I generally show up well before I have to clock in as I would rather be 1 hour early than 5 minutes late.
    There is a difference in "VOLUNTEERING" and being AVAILABLE, and that is also reflected on the response from your superiors.
    My list of jobs as much in chronological order as I remember and I let you think about the various tasks that may be involved and judge the good and bad.
    Barbed wire fence installer (by myself)
    Dig irrigation pans in hardpan and cleeche
    farm hand on a rose ranch
    roofers helper
    carpenter helper
    painters helper
    welders helper
    cab driver
    warehousman
    fish processor
    Christmas tree harvest( from pulling trees through the woods to loading on trucks)
    scrap metal recycler ( salvage torch)
    fast foods
    retail
    gas station
    ( I've slowed down in my senior years) .
     
  12. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dang, Art. Did you ever have a good job?

    Off topic but...
    My first job was picking beans on a farm. I was thirteen then. The only job I ever quit.
    When I was fifteen, I worked for the city patching asphalt, mowing the cemetery, picking up trash, etc. Temporary work. Lost it when the contract expired.
    Sixteen, I hired on as a cook at a hamburger joint. Went in to get my schedule one day and they told me I quit. :confused:
    Got a job at the pizzeria my girlfriend worked at. Got fired on my day off.
    Seventeen, I was an aide at an assisted living home for mentally disabled. Left there when the telephone company offered me a job.
    Been a telephone man ever since.
     
  13. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    When I was 12 to 16 I was just glad to have any job to make extra money. I've always said "some money is better than no money"
     
  14. artbrownsr

    artbrownsr Forum Chaplain Lifetime Supporter

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    Worked and am working all my life NEVER made big money. Family never went hungry. Always had a roof over our heads. Same wife for over 30 years. We have kids, grandkids, great grandkids. I am healthy enough to keep going and knowledge that all my strength comes from The Lord.
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the first job i ever had that i was paid to do, was working for a friend of my fathers, who grew peas during the summer. i picked peas for .75 cents a bushel. my next job was a summer job, working at a church camp, mowing and doing maintenance type work. this was the first job i held that i got paid in a check once a week! i worked this job also my last two years of high school, half a day on a work program.

    my first job in the field i am in now was working in my uncles shop, learning how to work on cars and trucks. i started out sweeping floors, running parts, cleaning parts and anything else my uncle needed done. it was that job where i learned to do much of what i know how to do today.
     
  16. artbrownsr

    artbrownsr Forum Chaplain Lifetime Supporter

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    I didn't even mention the real smelly jobs.
    worked on a Mink farm
    during three years of high school work at a chicken hatchery changing the sawdust from the houses(each house bedding was at least 6 months old 12 inches deep and the roost pit of a house 15X60 ft.
     
  17. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Why are the least desirable jobs also the lowest paid? I would expect the worst jobs would demand the highest salaries.
     
  18. artbrownsr

    artbrownsr Forum Chaplain Lifetime Supporter

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    Most of them just need warm bodies with arms and legs attached!
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    strong back and no thinking required! i have had my share of those jobs too over the years.:p
     
  20. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Even though that is true, wouldn't you expect the guy who pulls organs from a turkey carcass to earn more than the guy who sweeps cigarette butts from the parking garage floor?