Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

This quote from Zig Ziglar is one of my favorites.

This applies to farms workers or office workers alike.

We have had some great farm workers over the years, but a few that really didn't thrive.

I've especially noticed that students that work for us that don't want to be here do not progress well in their training and often use any excuse to miss a day.

It typically takes about two weeks to get used to the physical demands. If you miss a Monday or Friday at the beginning you can just about start over on the acclimation process (as that means you would miss 4 days without any work).

We had one young person that missed so many days (sick, vacation, appointments) that they never did get in shape so never gave the acclimation process a chance. As a result they didn't like the work and it became a self perpetuating process. They were so unreliable, they became irrelevant. I gave them the option to think about whether they really wanted to work for us over the weekend and they didn't come back the next week. I opened the door and they ran through it. To bad, I think they could have learned a lot.

Another worker couldn't get to work on time. When they were 15 minutes late I had three people waiting on them (because they didn't know enough to work independently) and we wasted an hour of time. I explained that is was very important for them to be on time when they started at 9:00 am (My teens had been working since 7:00 am many days to take advantage of the cool weather.) The person suggested we start an hour later at 10:00 am. I chuckled and told the person they should be glad I didn't ask them to start at 7:00 am. I firmly suggested that they be there 5 minutes early and ready to go. My teens told me later the person had been up until 3:00 am most days playing video games. Why the parents permitted this on a work night is beyond me.

My teens are in bed most days between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm on their own discipline and they have no problem getting out of bed in the morning.

It is rare to find young people that really know how to work. We have been blessed with many of them. Work  is so basic to success in life. The crew we have now is great by the way.

Parents, don't let your young people out of your home with out teaching them to work!

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