It's a hard thing - working for others when you've worked in your own business for most of your life. You tend to compare. You tend to compare a lot. You have to tell yourself "...self, don't worry about what others are doing. Focus on what you will be doing...what you want to achieve."
Number One son (third year apprentice fabricator) is working for a large, 24-hour-production engineering company in town. This company's finished components are rated (by themselves for quality control purposes) from one to five; - number one being of the highest quality. Number One son began producing a grade two component, and within a week and a half of his new employment, advanced to grade one components. His supervisor has informed him that should his performance continue, the company will consider promoting him to a 'team leader', with an offer of higher wages.
Please bare with me, as I tell you this not to brag on my son (although it is better to blow somebody else's trumpet, rather than them blowing their own) but to put a point across.
After spending the morning of one of his days off up the ladder, applying ESP to oil-based paint on the ceiling beams at the Pie Shop, my son and I sat on the front step and he was telling me of his trials at work.
"You know, ma, I always wondered what it would be like to work for somebody else and now I do, and it is no big deal. I thought it would be hard, but the truth is, nobody does more than what they have to".
"At about two minutes to three, everybody packs up, and waits to clock out, no matter what they are working on. There is no inclination to go further, to better themselves. They just seem to be happy to float along, just as they are."
"It's at the point that a few of them are getting mad at me, and fights are brewing, because now that the boss can see what can be done, he is expecting the same from them, and has, in the meantime - demoted them. They think I'm a smart-ass, when all I want to do is just go to work and do my job...."
"I don't want to talk to Dad about this, because I don't want him to think I'm bragging or doing more for my new boss than I would for him..."
Now I know that most of you who are reading this are older and wiser and will probably understand me when I say that I could have offered my son EXTENSIVE counsel as a response, but I often think that less is more and the most I could mutter was
"Speak to your Dad. He loves you and is very proud of you.."
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