I don’t follow a lot of people on Twitter (I know, I should, but it’s just one more huge time suck I don’t have time for). Yesterday, however, someone I follow retweeted the above Tweet. Now, I read Chris Guillebeau’s blog (I’ve even included several of his posts in my weekly link round ups). I’ve now started following him on Twitter too. I admire his writings and his life philosophy.
Now, maybe, I’m taking the Tweet out of context. Maybe it was meant to be tongue in cheek, or maybe it’s a joke I don’t understand. If so, I apologize for not seeing the humour in it. But the Tweet above offended me – and I’ll tell you why.
There is no reason to be embarrassed about honest work. I don’t care WHAT you’ve done in the past, if it was legal work, why is it something you should be ashamed of?
In my past, I have: worked as a babysitter, worked in sandwich shops, worked in grocery stores, worked in call centers, worked for school divisions, hotels, resorts, and even done food services for the military. I’ve also worked as an accountant, a consultant, and currently I work in a casino.
Over 24 years of working, have I developed? Definitely. Have I evolved? Probably – depends what your definition of evolved is. But you know what? Every job I’ve had has taught me something – about hard work, about myself, about how to be a better employee, and a better employer.
So why should I be embarrassed about any of those jobs? When you’re first starting out, you have no work experience. In many cases, you’re still in high school, so you don’t really have any training either. The best you can hope for is working in a restaurant, or stocking shelves at a grocery store, or serving coffee at your local coffee house. You know what? Those are good jobs! My son is currently looking for work, and is not to proud (or evolved!) to apply at McDonalds, or Safeway, or any of the other restaurants, gas stations, and retail stores close to our home. And later this year, I may just do the same in an effort to earn a little extra to pay off my debt.
In this economy, any job is a good job. Sure, minimum wage and no benefits sucks – but any day, any time, I’d rather be working than not. So, sorry, I’m not sorry. In fact, I’m kinda proud of where I came from.