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Old 03-26-2009, 10:53 AM
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I've lurked here (yes, I am a boat owner) on THT for sometime now and have come to respect and appreciate the many insightful and at times heated threads that come from all you fine folks.

Today I had an email come my way and you all were the first I thought of. So, here is my first attempt at contributing to your day and the THT website that we all love.

"Dirty Jobs" Mike Rowe Talks About the War on Hard Work...

It's 20 minutes long... but I promise there is a message in the above video that I am sure you will appreciate. I will post my thoughts and comments after hearing a few of yours.

Have a GREAT day,
Tony
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Originally Posted by GoFish_Tony View Post

It's 20 minutes long... but I promise there is a message in the above video that I am sure you will appreciate.

Hey Tony, welcome to the forums.

What is a "boat"??? ;?

I'm thinking 20-mins x all of those THT members... In the interest of saving all of that time, can you post a summary of what that message is?
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Hey Eyeball....do you have a boat or something?...lol. Welcome Tony.

I like hard work. My Dad always said "The harder you work ... the fatter your wallet" He looked wrong the last few years but may be proved right in the long run. In any event until someone tells me Dad was wrong I still believe him. BTW my kids are the hardest working children in my county. They still think I am right.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
Hey Tony, welcome to the forums.

What is a "boat"??? ;?

I'm thinking 20-mins x all of those THT members... In the interest of saving all of that time, can you post a summary of what that message is?
I can't do it true justice, but simply it's about our modern perception of success, and hard work, and maybe even our inability to differentiate the two accurately.

It's about hard work, and happiness, it's about redeveloping our country to once again be a leader in innovation, technology, and success as a RESULT of hard work.

It's well worth the time to watch.
Tony
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I like hard work. My Dad always said "The harder you work ... the fatter your wallet"
Used to be, but with advances in technology, I'm thinking "the smarter you work, the fatter the wallet."
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You just think that way because you do not have a boat...lol
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Thanks for that Tony. That was well worth the 20 minutes of my time. He is right on so many levels there really isn't anything to add.
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Originally Posted by oneill469 View Post

You just think that way because you do not have a boat...lol

I have a rowing crew of illegal criminal aliens, they do the "hard" work, cheap -- need to get a few more, I want to go water skiing.
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Oneill,
Your daddy was right. Nothing wrong with hard work and making an honest buck. Ill take respect anyday over making big money....
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
Used to be, but with advances in technology, I'm thinking "the smarter you work, the fatter the wallet."
Welcome to the rat race! Hey, I am in it too. But as I have learned to live within my means, I have come to also appreciate what a days work is worth to me. Work is more then how much money you make... just ask a soldier.

I started out in the trades. I knew at an early age what I wanted to do when I "grew up" and I accomplished it. Unfortunately after a few years I followed the other "rats" and pursued a job that paid more and one where I didn't have to "work" as hard. I left 2 yrs of Vocational school, 4 yrs of a formal apprenticeship, and 6yrs of being a Journeyman Machinist to do the job I do now.

I now long for the days when I could hold something in my hands that I made, and feel good that at the end of the day something I did, and something I made with great precision and skill would be found useful.

I know we all want wealth and prosperity, why is it that those that work less make more money? Maybe it's time we stop teaching the wrong messages to our younger generations. Maybe it's time we start valuing our "working class"!

Tony
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I hear you Tony. My older girls are moving back home to take over Farming operations.
Oldest girl grad from UGA (Go Dawgs)with double major in Genetics and Eng Lit
Middle Girl grad from UNC Chapel Hill (Go heels) with double major in Anthropology and Eng Lit
Youngest going off to college next year in Botany (and prob Eng Lit..LOL)
They are great kids. I know there may be smarter/more academic/prettier kids somewhere but I can not imagine any better kids anywhere. They always work their tails off and I am very proud of them.
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Actually, I was always taught on the farm to "work smarter not harder". That wasn't meant as demeaning hard work. For example, when we baled hay. I could flip bails up over my head all day long. I used my knee to push the bale up and the momentum of the bail to do the rest. I remember the big guys from town coming out to bale hay and they lasted till noon time before they went back to the city. They tried to strong arm everything and couldn't last. I always equated the term "work smarter not harder" as used with manual work.
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Well said KJS. But if you were baling hay you were working hard...lol. I never advocated working stupid. I think that the theme of this thread is that effort is rewarding and a reward in and of itself. If you spend 10 hours a day at a desk doing your job and taking care of your customers..that is hard work. If you bail hay...that is hard work. If you are a surgeon and spend 4 hours a day in the OR and on call 24/7 that is hard work. If you take pride in what you do and do it the very best you can...that is hard work. If you show up, expect a big paycheck and are sure you are a victim you are probably not working hard.
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Wonderful link. I enjoyed the video and have always found Mike Rowe to be a smart guy. Thanks!
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I appreciate all your replies and would love to break a sweat with a few of you sometime. Maybe we can all make a road trip down to Mexico/Texas and build a fence before eyeball can get his water skiing gang together. LOL!!!

(Not sure about that bailing hay stuff though, that sounds WAYYY beyond what I could do! LOL)

For those that "work" (really work) for a living... you have my respect and admiration!

Tony
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I like the part where he starts quoting Aristotle with some nuts hanging from his chin.

Great post, thanks.

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