I recall a faint breeze of this national conversation just before I moved in 2006. A contractor I was acquainted with told me not many young men and women were entering the trades such as construction and, therefore, in the future they could “name their price”! “Hmmm?”, I thought. This wise craftsman was not the only one noticing this. More recently, I have become familiar with initiatives such as the Mike Rowe Works Foundation and #KeepCraftAlive. Even radio host Clark Howard has a list of “12 Jobs That Don’t Require A Four-Year Degree and Pay At Least $70K a Year”.
Having weathered several years to get to the point at which I currently reside with satisfaction, gratitude, and plenitude — I want to tell you it is true. You can be very happy and successful working in construction or any other blue-collar trade. It was not easy and there were a few years where the business almost conked. One of the secrets of success is that your education never stops. As a matter of fact, I have learned more out of college than in college.
Adding to the skills gap, I see a plague of ineptitude and slackness afflicting many industries. There is a golden-opportunity available to all Americans, especially the younger ones, to learn a good work ethic that will take you far. (I highly recommend Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge as a great place to start.) What I am saying applies not only to construction, but to all “blue-collar” trades: electricians, plumbers, auto mechanics, house cleaners, retail merchants, computer technicians, government employees — an almost endless array of rewarding and satisfying careers. Rewarding and satisfying because you have the opportunity to provide a valuable service to your community, work alongside other great folks, strive to present a professional and diligent work ethic, and best of all, make a profit doing it.
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