You know, it occurred to me the other day the World kind of sucks anymore. I started exploring this thought a little bit.
To put this into perspective, I'll use an example from my own life. I've worked in the same job, at the same company, for 27 years. I loved what I
do from the first day, and still love it (sort of) today. Twenty years ago no one could believe the things my teams could accomplish. We were proud
of what we did, and the company was proud of what we did. And we were compensated well for what we did. I would always chuckle at annual reviews;
everyone else would be talking about climbing the "corporate ladder", and I knew then that "corporate" was the last place I wanted to be. I was happy
where the rubber meets the road, that's where the excitement was.
Over time though, things changed, the world around us changed. Things which were once welcomed and appreciated as above and beyond the call have now
become expected. Corporate raises the bar every year, forcing everyone to do more with less. Ironically though, this post isn't about me. It's not
about me at all really. I only cite these examples as a means to put this post into context.
I have this saying..."You've asked us to do so much, with so little, for so long; now you expect us to do everything, with nothing at all, in no
It doesn't matter what business sector you look at. It doesn't matter what I do. It's everywhere. It used to be about shaving a few dollars, then a
few dimes, and now it's shaving a few fractions of a cent...but it never ends. Both ends of the proverbial 'rope' are being pushed towards the
middle. Faster, better, cheaper...you hear it everywhere.
Just a few inches off the seat in front of you on the plane (to fit more people)
Just a few inches off the cube you sit in (to fit more people)
Just a few extra dollars of co-pay on your insurance
Just a few extra cents in taxes
Just little lower starting salary
Just a part time position to save on insurance premiums
Just a little less material in the car to save weight
Just a little less local content
Just a little less quality in everything you touch
Just a little less...
All those "just a little"s add up after a while.
I got to thinking, where's the breaking point? Where's the point where people open up their windows and shout "I'm sick of this S#, and I'm not
gonna' take it anymore!!"
You see, I have two problems. The same two problems I've always had:
1. I believed, and
2. I care
Now on the one hand, I could just say "screw it!"
. I've got 5-10 years left, and after that it's ... "Hasta LaVista, Baby!"
problem is...I believe, and I care (see items #1 and #2). So, on the other hand, I can't just walk away.
And, I can't help but think I somehow contributed to all of this through all my hard work, my believing and my caring. Therefore, I feel I have a
responsibility to help future generations out of this downward death spiral.
How long will it be before we are expected to do...everything, with nothing at all, in no time flat?
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