Get back to work

There is a work problem in the United States. It’s not that we don’t work enough – Americans, on average, work more hours than any other country does. Rather, it’s our philosophy of work. Not too long ago, I read a book by David Brooks called On Paradise Drive where Brooks, in his witty writing, explains that the average American parent would be appalled if their child didn’t go to college and, instead, picked up a skilled trade. And that’s the problem. Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel show¬†Dirty Jobs, delivered an interesting and thought-provoking expos√© on TED Talks about labor psyche. Moreover, he talks about the sharp decline in trade school attendance and, consequently, the lack of labor available for skilled jobs – plumbers, electricians, carpenters, welders, and the list goes on. Interestingly enough, he notes that people who hold these kinds of jobs are happy. The moral to all this? Go out there and build something.