Are You Willing to Do Hard Work?

“I’m Leaking!” said the young baseball player at his first serious practice. He was referring to how much he was sweating. Apparently, he was not familiar with how much you can sweat when you are working hard and it’s hot!

Working hard is skill that is increasingly in short supply. Unemployment is still high, yet there are hundreds of thousands of jobs available across the country. One of these could be yours if you are just willing to do some hard work.

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Today I was working alongside one of my employees that is a skilled technician and is making a difference in his workplace. He is respected, he solves problems and has the sense of satisfaction that he is needed to keep equipment running. He earns a good wage, has great benefits and apparently is becoming more and more rare in the marketplace.

In another part of the country I am trying to fill the exact same position. The job has been posted for 4 weeks, yet I have only had two applicants. It is difficult to find people that have the skills I need to do this job. Honestly, I am not looking for a specific degree. I need someone with a decent amount of industrial experience and skill, but I mostly need the following:

  • Someone who is not a stranger to Hard Work
  • Someone who can work in varying weather conditions
  • Someone who is proud to behave as a professional
  • Someone who will take ownership of the maintenance in this facility
  • Someone who demonstrates respect, honesty and integrity
  • Someone who is anxious to learn and grow

Jobs are available, we just need to shift our focus on the type of work we are willing to do. Many of the “hard work” jobs that are available today will pay in excess of $40,000. Many do not require a degree.

For those of you that want to become an entrepreneur some day, this is a great way to start your own business. Learn how to work hard for someone. Gain some great skills and then put them to work for yourself. It’s a great path taken by thousands of people for decades, but it seems to be a rare idea right now.

Who will be the first one to bring it back? I hope you do. Are you willing to do hard work? Let me know if I can help. Let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter. Leave a comment below and start the conversation. Thanks for Reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!