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What do you think of Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. pledge?

What do you think of Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. pledge? 

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Mike Rowe is a well-known TV personality (e.g. Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch). As such he also had made a name for himself breaking the college mandate for High School students. He has been promoting blue-collar careers all along. Mike’s own work ethic scholarship program has candidate sign the above-mentioned S.W.E.A.T. pledge. How do you feel about it? See for yourself here: http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/


(Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo)


  1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.


  1. I believe that I am entitledto life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.


  1. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.


  1. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.


  1. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.


  1. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.


  1. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.


  1. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.


  1. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.


  1. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.


  1. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.


  1. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.


On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.


Signed_______________________________________ Dated____________________



There are some folks who feel that this is going too far. Read about an example and Mike’s response here. http://mikerowe.com/2017/05/otwappalledbythesweatpledge/

I am not sure that insisting any new applicants and team members having to sign a document like this will help shape new habits. I have come to accept almost all of his 12 points as my core beliefs and values. I would not tell other people to having to make it their own just by agreeing to them by signing a document. That is so Baby-Boom and GenX like. If we want to make an impact that even Millennials want to buy in on than we have to create a work and school environment that is embracing, meaning demonstrating what is asked for here. That is done by asking questions using full transparency and collaboration – just do not stand in front of them telling them. If this is what new candidates find while attending Mike’s program I think that people have no reason to gripe. What do you think?


Read this if you want to move your career ahead

Read this if you want to move your career ahead 

Are you working your bum off and getting nowhere quickly? Are you waiting for your boss to pick up on the notion that you are ready moving up on the career ladder? Yet he/ she is not doing anything about this? One of the quirkiest ways to improve your career has nothing to do with your boss(es). Well, at least initially. The most effective path improving your career path – no matter where you work – is to pick yourself first.

You need to pick yourself first. That means that you need to believe that you are ready to move on. Now comes the part that is actually very simple:

  • Scan for opportunities where mundane tasks affecting you and co workers are repetitious in nature and no one thought of simplifying or improving this process. Make the effort coming up with a way to address this and thus improve everybody’s work.
  • Scan for tasks and duties that improve your boss’ productivity and thus opens up more time that he/ she can spend on other tasks.
  • Quite a few people think that withholding information equals job security. Do exactly the opposite of that. Share new ways of doing things that help boost speed and quality. Do this freely.

Yes, this does take a little investment of your time and effort. Yes, some bosses and work environments may take advantage of your extra efforts. What can you lose though?

  • You gain expertise that is useful no matter where you go.
  • The experience will improve your chances staying on board even during harder economic times.
  • Your attitude will get noticed and you will get more meaningful work along the lines what you are already are working on.
  • You will be considered for leader-manager positions.
  • When your work place is truly not appreciative of your efforts and talents, perhaps they are not worthy of your time and effort? It opens up a new future elsewhere and you have just built up your experience! It automatically increases your net worth.

All it takes is a little extra effort that does not cost much of your time. If for nothing else it will make your job easier and more fun. Take a good 360-degree view around you. You will notice many career improving things waiting for you to pick up on them. Good luck!


How to deal with really angry and nasty people

How to deal with really angry and nasty people 

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When people get under your skin because they really loathe you and what you do, the best you can do here is to close your eyes, take a deep breath, say a prayer, and whole heartedly forgive them. They hate this even more, and you feel better. Much better.

Traffic, work, neighbors, family, school, and so many other places are rich with angry people. Those can drain you of all your energy and anything you do and even think about, can soon consume your thoughts and feelings. You can do something about this though. “All” it takes is engaging your power of choice: choose love and inclusion instead of hatred. This will free your mind and heart and all but automatically remove the power other people have over you.

Do you feel even ever so slightly brave? One more way to kick things up a notch is to openly approach the people who hate you. Manage to remain friendly, but have the candor of asking them what you can do to make things better. More often than not their anger only resides in their heads because their brains had had a monologue instead of an actual dialog with you.

When that happens their thoughts can spiral out of control. Their negativity is a purely homemade issue and you are only a cheap pawn in this blame game. Since you were never invited to a dialog you do not even know what their grudge may be all about. You could not do anything worse than engaging in a battle of words with them. You can however, engage them in an open fact finding mission in which you are going to try finding out what happened leading up to them getting upset.

Hatred is tiresome and draining. Most of all it is not long term sustainable without causing other issues. This can change overnight if you are willing to make the greatest change of all: Changing yourself. Choose love and forgiveness and the world and people will open up to you. And if they don’t do that love them anyway and move on. No one has power over you unless you permit that. So do not let such negative people rain on your parade.


Three good reasons to take a trip

Three good reasons to take a trip Ralf a

When you run on empty, take a trip or take some time off even if you do not feel like doing anything. Sounds counterintuitive but it is true. Nothing is more invigorating and inspiring as taking some time off and taking a road trip. If your company is gracious – and I might add smart – there is vacation time for you to take. Maintaining a manageable work – life balance is tough on a good day due to the many technological advances. And that is exactly why you need to take some time off from time to time. When your batteries run on empty it may just be the time to pack up your stuff and go.

Here a few things that typically happen when you are on the road:

  • Your brain gets a tune up: Different settings equal different thoughts. You leave the rut of doing and being the same. New scenery and people motivate you to abandon thought patterns that your daily routine brought upon you. Getting some solitude time in kicks this effect into even higher gear.
  • Different circles of people enrich your life: Not being around your typical set of folks is a good thing. Getting to know other people is fun and it may connect you with completely different circles of networks.
  • Appreciation for how blessed you / we are: Traveling connects you with our great country and the people that live in all these different places. Let it be cities, landscape, historic sites, national parks, etc – you name it and we have got it!

Take some time off and see our great country and recharge your batteries along the way.


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