Brave Souls Deserve A Raise

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Certain jobs make me say to myself, “However much that person is being paid, it is not enough.”

When I sit in my office on the twenty­-third floor and I see the guy outside my window washing it, it’s a no‑brainer that I think he should get a raise.

Coal miners deserve a raise, as do deep­-water divers and every law enforcement person in the world, no matter how much money they make. The dangerous jobs are always ones that make me wonder about the risk­– ­reward ratio.

A new group of workers makes me scratch my head about the pay versus job satisfaction equation.

These are the people who dress like a chicken to get us into the restaurant. Or dress as Bullwinkle the moose to get us to visit the time­-share office. Or dress as the Statue of Liberty to get us into the car wash.

I suspect it’s the minimum wage for these brave souls, who need to be energetic too. I think they deserve a raise.

There’s No Such Thing As “At The End of The Day”

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 The end of the day happens every day. It is predictable. But the phrase “at the end of the day” is so ubiquitous that it seems to be news that each day ends. Politicians use it, children use it, but most of all, people who are work-ing use it.

I think it means, “When all is said and done.” Or, it could mean, “I know what I am talking about and you don’t.” Or, it could mean, “Shut up, the decision is made.” The end of the day is now all day long.

The irony is that, given the technology and workloads that never end, there is no end of the day. At the end of the day, there still is, “It is what it is . . .” which is even worse. The “it is what it is” phrase implies “give up.” It often sounds like, life sucks and work is even worse. Hackneyed phrases get old and meaningless very fast. You are probably using them too much.

At the end of the day, I wish it were the end of the day.

Does Low-Hanging Fruit Exist?

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“First, we will go after the ­low-hanging fruit.” We have all heard that comment and it makes my hair catch on fire. It is a big mistake. Do not go there. Looking for that fruit is a false hope.

Low-hanging fruit does not exist. If it ever existed, it was picked long ago. The mention of ­low-hanging fruit conjures up images of apples hanging down at eye level screaming, “Pick me, pick me!” The expectation that there are easy ways to make things change leads to disappointment when we run through the proverbial orchard and find no fruit.

Going after low­-hanging fruit implies which things we should do first. That is, pick the fruit that is easiest to reach. Bad approach. Most often, the first things that must be done are the most difficult.

Ask any fruit picker about ­low-hanging fruit. The picker will point out that the fruit at the top of the tree is ripe first and more plentiful. The return for the effort is at the top of the tree.

Selecting easy targets that require no effort reflects what we all want the world to be like. Picking a few low­-hanging things may get things started but won’t amount to much. Unless you live in an orchard, your encounters with low­-hanging fruit won’t actually come very often.

Low-hanging fruit may be appealing and easy, but it may not be the right thing to talk about or pursue. Ask Adam how it worked out for him with that ­low-hanging apple.