"Hard work. Well, that's all right for people who don't know how to do anything else. It's all right for people who aren't lucky. But once you're lucky, you don't have to work for other people. You make them work for you."
--- Dan Totheroh
One of the industries in our country that is falling behind in a good work force is the construction industry. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, masons, steel workers, pipe fitters, and all other labor involved in construction is falling behind according to a recent study by the Associated Builders and Contractors.
It is predicted that by the year 2010 that some of the highest paying jobs in America will be in the construction trades. One of the reasons that labor is falling short in construction is because many high school students are not willing to learn one of these respectable trades. They are more interested in taking the technology paths that are in demand right now, and that don't require as much time to gain experience needed to make a buck.
"Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short."
--- Adam Hochschild
Of course, there is nothing wrong with learning the ins and outs of computer programming and other technical skills, but eventually the demand for these types of jobs will eventually go down as they tend to do in almost every industry.
"The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear to be favored by the gods."
--- Maxine Hong Kingston
But, another reason for the shortage is that many construction trades require that one works hard in order to achieve success. The jobs are demanding both physically as well as mentally. The day will come when these trades will reward the hard worker and reward them well.
"Courage, determination, and hard work are all very nice, but not so nice as an oil well in the back yard."
--- Mason Cooley
For the youth that are afraid of hard work and think that the cozy desk job behind a computer will set them up for life, should look around at those who thought the same. They are usually stuck in the same position making the same lousy pay because they chose to work at the same measly pace.
Regardless of the field of work, construction, computers, or signs, it is still work. Webster defines work as, "Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something." If that is the case, it only makes sense that hard work, which includes working smart, only speeds up the "accomplishment of something."
"It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?"
--- Ronald Reagan
Since there are no shortcuts, we need to resolve to work diligently at our jobs and to perform according to the standards set not by the lazy and those who happened to win the lottery, but by our forefathers who founded our great country, invented the luxuries that we now enjoy, created industries, and forged our future through grit and might.
"To work, to work hard, to see work steadily, and see it whole, was the way to be reputable. I think I always respected a good blacksmith more than a lady of leisure."
--- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
King Kong Embraces Times Square with Electronic Signage Debut
By Louis Brill
The latest remake of the King Kong epic, directed by Peter Jackson, sought out its east coast premiere in the place where the big ape met his demise, in New York City. Nothing is too good for the premiere of his latest film and only in New York City could a film of such epic proportion have an opening of similar grandeur.
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100 Years and Counting: N. Glantz & Son Still Going Strong
By Johnny Duncan
Most people don't like to celebrate the annual aging ritual of birthdays beyond the late teens. But it's truly a sign that you're doing something right when your business is having its 100th year celebration.
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