Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lincoln

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. 
Abraham Lincoln

You must stand for something or you will fall for anything.
I believe that deep down people know right from wrong , unfortunately many get caught in a trap and mostly by the financial trap and people end up turning a deaf ear to their inner voice because of it.

Here’s the thing, it will always catch up to so always listen to that voice and choose the right and moral path... always.




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Forgiveness

The more I know, the less I understand,
All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning again
I've been tryin' to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Ah, these times are so uncertain
There's a yearning undefined
And People filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age?
Ah, the trust and self-assurance that lead to happiness
They're the very things we kill, I guess
Ohh, pride and competition
Cannot fill these empty arms
There are people in your life
Who've come and gone
They let you down
You know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you baby
'Cause life goes on
You keep carryin' that anger
It'll eat you up inside baby
Forgiveness 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Assume

Do not Assume ...

Do not assume when you are training in the work place, always explain your thoughts and give the “why” and explain what happens outside of that particular department.
What and who will be effected by their process and what difference can “they” make ?
And always try to remind the people around you about your customer because that is the reason they have a job in the first place.

In my particular job we move household goods and for the company I work for now we deal solely with moving military members all around the country. Every decision each individual makes will effect a person, a family, children and our soldiers and people need to be reminded of that, do not assume they know.
If they “drop the ball “ what happens? If the driver and a truck is not there to pick up the household goods at a house on a planned day or deliver on a planned day what happens? How is that family put out? What does that mother or father have to do with their children or how does it effect their work ?
Same goes for information that is not followed up on, access to a residence or the estimated size of a move or any additional items needed to do the job properly, it all matters.

Everything everyone does in a registered move can effect that move and normally many hands touch a move so everyone should know the process.
How does a move begin and travel through the system and how many people touch a move from the first notation and confirmation to the first contact with the member moving to the first person to ring the doorbell to load and delivery... a lot goes into one move.

But everyone should never lose sight of the person, the customer, the family, yes we are talking about moving furniture but it is more than that, we are moving and effecting people’s lives and they will be effected by what each and every person does or does not do.
Do you know if that military member is being deployed overseas and is he or she leaving their family behind leaving their spouse to coordinate the move and schools and all that goes with it ?

Do not assume people in your workplace understand the “ bigger” picture, it is up to all of us to teach and respect each other’s role in the process and to respect the people we have that job for in the first place.

Do not assume... teach and respect and always continue to learn.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

George Carlin

George Carlin's wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Speak out

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The big three

Yesterday’s blog I talked about the big three-
Respect
Honesty and
Getting paid promptly and correct 

I stated that if your workplace provides all three of these then you should work hard to do your best and make a home.  Never stop learning and be your own worse critic and never rest on your past.
Now, if you do not receive ANY one of the big three... get out.

You should never work for someone who does not respect you, how can you respect yourself if you do?
If they are dishonest- run- if they lie once they will lie again, rather to you or anyone.
And if they do not pay you what is owed you and when they owe you then it is time to go.

If you need to find a home then do it on your terms and never ever burn a bridge.
Do not stay and complain and whine and try to get others to complain and whine, just do what YOU need to do.
Shake hands, look them in the eyes and thank them... take with you what you have learned, good and bad and use that to do better in your next job... always smile.

You cannot demand respect it must be earned and respect cuts both ways.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Feeling used ?

Feeling Used ?
It is because you are ...

A lot of people feel like they are being used in their job and “ the man” just cares about himself...
Yup- you are correct, that is how it works. I hate to tell you but you were not hired just for your looks.
The question is not “ are you being used” the question is are you doing what YOU want to do.

When a driver was looking to make a jump from OR to my company I would always ask -
With your current employer “ Are you respected? “ “ Are they honest with you ?“ and “ do you get paid promptly and correctly?”.- if the answer is yes for all three then you should think before jumping.
As long as you can check off those boxes the only other question is are you doing what you want to do.

Everyone needs to make money, including your employer so ,yes, they are using you- to make them money !
 If you make them a lot of money they move you up the ladder and they love you, if you lose them money you slide down that same ladder till they need to make the decision on rather or not you are worth keeping. 
That is reality.

In the end personalities do not matter, I have had owners tell me that they totally dis like a person working for them and higher up employees..VP’s.. but they keep them because they make them money. They told me that the day they do not make them money they will cut them loose in New York minute.
That is business.

I know others may offer you more money or bonuses etc but remember they to want to “use” you too,
 if you are good at what you do it will all come out in the wash. Go back to the big three questions- respect, honesty and paid promptly and correct.
I always approached it like I knew I was good at what I do and through that I knew my employer made money from me, -that was what I wanted.
 I wanted to make him lots of money because I knew he would then take care of me, it was in his benefit to do so.

Do not concentrate so much on what “ they” are making and spend more time on improving what “you” do.