Call me old-fashioned: Over the years… when I was seeking to employ someone to take over an important assignment, or opportunity; I always searched for that “special individual” who was not just capable of performing those tasks that will be assigned, but one who is fully skilled in his field of endeavor; one who is honest to an nth degree; one who is hungry to learn; who has high morals, energetic, and who is “God fearing.” And, I might add, one who is well groomed, appropriately dressed, inventive, respectful, and cheerful, committed, and who exudes determination. In return, I was prepared to pay such an individual “top-dollar” for such renderings.
What’s the “old fashioned” cliché? “You get what you pay for.” In theory, I could began “deducting” from what I considered to be “top-dollar,” such amounts that equated to those services that the applicant did not process. And, as luck would have it… I’d end up with “less than what I wanted,” and he/she would end up with a job that they didn’t really want, or like, nor likely not qualified for. We would both be dissatisfied.
Today…the “new fashion,” is where, some 23 year-old, calling me Charley, smelling like they just got home from “an all-night bar hop,” wearing tennis shoes, no socks, dressed in jeans so dirty they could stand in the corner by themselves, bringing his resume and lunch, in his knap-sack. And… one who is anxious to tell me how to run my business “the right way;” has the morals of an “alley-cat,” and the closest they come to knowing God…is taking His Name in vain. And, for all of this… they expect a starting salary of $100K; 30 days of sick pay; and 30 more days of vacation.
Ok… a slight exaggeration on both sides of the coin, yet… describes, to a degree, how “times have changed;” plus, I wanted to get your attention. Today’s aspiring leaders want more, and offer less.
So…let’s get serious. If you want to be a leader, today, you not only, have to “talk the part,” but walk the part. You have to be able to work harder than all those around you; come early and stay late, working Saturdays… if necessary; you have to know more, and show more; you have to inspire and perspire; you have to be “fully-prepared and fully declared;” you have to COMMIT rather than OMIT. These “work-habits” might be a bit “old-fashioned,” but they will WORK every time. My point is this: with the economy being the worst in history, the USA dollar being the lowest, the unemployment being the highest, and the “entitlements” being the highest ever… those that are “able to WORK,” ….NEED to get off their duffs…. and go to work. The “pay will be right” for the “right person,” otherwise…. the employer will get what he pays for, and the employee will be getting paid on the basis of what he “produces.”
We are guided by Philippians 3:14-15 – I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you….and…2nd Timothy 3:17-18 – All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. …Blessings…cjlb…8/4/15.