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Monday Mottoes – #55

logo_work_in_progress2“You’re not from around here, are you?” one of Petya’s coworkers asked him.

“Not originally,” our almost-18-year-old agreed.

“Most of the guys around here don’t like to work. They like getting a paycheck, just not working….”

The man was old enough to be his father, and had a 14-year-old son that he wanted Petya to meet one day and impart some words of wisdom.

“The work you accomplished this morning was more than what four men laboring all day yesterday accomplished,” he told our son.

Sure, Petya saw the other guys slacking off here and there, not really quote-4-1taking the time to do certain jobs right. Our son was so diligent that some days he didn’t take any time off to eat lunch.

“You have to eat,” I urged him as any mother would do. “Are you drinking enough water and wearing your sunscreen?”

This was a day when he clocked in at 5:00 am on the golf course, and headed home around noon. He ate his sandwich in the car as I drove, which was fine since I was at the wheel, but on the days when he drove himself….

golf-course-jobs-employment-tooth-of-the-dog-pound-creek-golf1005-x-754-251-kb-jpeg-xWe heard from one of his bosses that Petya’s name had come up during a weekly, upper-level management meeting.

“He’s the best thing that’s happened to this place in 15 years,” one related to the others. They swiveled in their leather executive chairs in the clubhouse.

“Then why did you cut his hours from 9:00 to 5:00, to noon to 5:00?”

“Good question,” another of the team replied, “we need this kid full-time.”

“He can’t work full-time, he lives in two different cities each week anded-work-golf-course he’s starting college–.”

“Then ask him what hours he’d like. The more, the better.”

So goes the story of how our son moved from being a 15-year-old office volunteer one afternoon per week in Washington, DC, to being a paid, half-day employee, to being a one-full-day employee, to being a two-day-a-week employee.

Then at our other home in the south, he started in mid-summer as a full-day Friday employee working with golf carts and bags from 9:00 workerto 5:00, then added an almost-full-day on Thursday from 5:00 am to 12:00 noon, and expanded Friday’s hours from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm, helping with landscaping and maintenance, and learning to drive a stick-shift grounds truck the first day. Needless to say, he was thrilled. At almost four full days of work per week, he was looking at a part-time, intensive, year-round university schedule of six years for a B.A., or he could always switch over to full-time if that was too slow-moving.  He hoped to combine work and school in order to build up a broad-based work resume.

Not that golf course work was necessarily year-round, even in the south, but at this rate, by the time he graduated fromindex college, he would have enough money saved for the downpayment on a house, and graduate debt-free. Which brings us to today’s motto:

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” ~Vidal Sassoon

Truer words were never spoken. The ability to work with one’s hands, or head, or heart, could not be underestimated. Being diligent and adding enthusiasm to the workplace would do more to recommend one and keep management’s eyes on them. He was blessed to have such an opportunity and was making the most of it.

Make the most of your day today, and give others something to talk about. Happy Monday, everyone!


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  1. avatar Jeremy says:

    There are probably many parents that would appreciate their children having a chat with your son. Peer counseling is very powerful and it sounds like Petya is off to a great start.

    • avatar admin says:

      Well, he loves to encourage other young people, that’s for sure, Jeremy. And believe it or not, his DC job just asked him to work an additional day this week– now he’s up to almost 5 full days-! Um, we’re going to have to leave some time for university schoolwork….

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