It’s all over the media. Minimum wage workers are demanding that the minimum wage by raised to $15 per hour. Having had various jobs from washing rich people’s Porsches, to washing dishes at nursing homes, I understand first hand how difficult it can be to live on minimum wage. As such, I don’t have any issue with people wanting to earn more money than they are currently. However I do have a problem with the methods workers are currently using in an attempt to blackmail businesses into paying them more money.
Their demands come not because the workers actually believe that they deserve a raise of that magnitude, but instead simply because they feel such as wage is needed in order to allow them to live the lifestyles the crave.
My Minimum Wage Meltdown
In 1998 I worked my first factory job, which consisted of washing heat exchanges destined to feed the explosive demand for cell phone towers. The blue chemical used to clean these machines smelt absolutely horrible, and I have a hard time believing that it was not in some way harmful to the workers that used it. After a few months I jumped at the first opportunity I received to leave my first department, and thus spent months standing with soaking wet feet spraying of hinges while standing in ankle deep water for 9+ hours.
Some time during my struggle I was hit with the realization that I had become a version of Jurgis Rudkus from the book “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair. It was at that point I vowed that I would get a college education no mater how much it cost or how long it took. I took a full-time job doing landscaping during the days, and my evenings were spent in night school. It ended up taking me 4 years to get my associates degree, and it wasn’t until an additional 10 years later that I finally received my bachelors degree.
The Dream is Out There
So what does this all mean? It means that I believe WE as workers are only worth what the labor market dictates. I learned by the age of 15 that no company was going to pay me even $8 for an hour of work if I only possessed the skills required to perform $4 worth of labor.
One of the best ways to increase how much you’re worth is to go to college. There are so many course options now, for example you can even become a nurse online (learn more), that there is no reason why you should not be getting a college degree. So what if it takes you 10 years to get a 4-year degree. The investment of your time and money will not only increase how much you make, but will also greatly improve the quality of the job you obtain. Plain and simple you’ll be getting paid more money for doing a job that doesn’t suck.
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- If you don’t have your college degree, what are some of the barriers that have prevented you from obtaining it.
- If you do have a college degree, do you regret it? Are there any things that you’d do differently?
To Your Dreams!
Our ability to get stronger and increase our health and fitness is one of the most important aspects our lives, but most of us certainly don’t treat it that way. Unfortunately for us there’s a world of difference between saying you want to be in better shape, and taking small steps each day to help you get to where you want to be in your life. The two huge barriers that stand in our way are increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and a diet that is increasingly brimming with empty calories, as well as high levels of sugars and fats.
According to a 2011 study by the American CDC, fewer than 20% of Americans get the recommended amount of activity each day, and over 25% report no physical activity each day (not even light activities like walking, or golf). Despite the immense popularity of the phrase “I don’t really watch much TV”, a 2012 study revealed that the average American still logs five to eight hours of TV time per week. The prevalence of laptops and tablets may have changed made getting our information and entertainment easier than ever, but instead using the time we save to live our lives we just consume more information. Overload!
According to The Lancet, a British medical journal, physical inactivity contributes to 1 in 1o deaths worldwide. That statistic means that inactivity is on par with obesity and smoking, and the popularity of smoking has been declining with younger generations. Inactivity increases your chances of developing coronary disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers.
With statistics like that it’s not hard to see why so many American’s struggle with their health and fitness. Americans are leading the rest of the developing world in an all out charge toward obesity. In fact, the CDC estimates that over two-thirds of the adult population will be overweight or obese by the year 2015. The ship is off course and it’s going to take a very significant change to correct course.
Besides sedentary lifestyles, the other factor that contributes significantly to the obesity of the western culture is overconsumption. Overconsumption that is rooted in our severe portion distortion. The steak at an average American restaurant is 14 ounces, while a serving size of steak is a mere 3 ounces. That means that the average steak you’re scarfing down for your next night out is over 4 1/2 servings of red meat. All the organic food and tasty protein shake recipes in the world aren’t going to do anything to help you achieve your fitness goals if you eat far more calories than your body can use.
Becoming the healthiest version of yourself doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start taking deer antler spray or some other ancient Chinese muscle builder, but it does mean that you need to start breaking from your bad habits and embracing the things that make you happy long-term. It’s time to get 2 hours and 30 minutes of activity every week, and it’s time to start eating for fuel and not just fun. It’s time to get stronger, healthier, happier! Looking for a new career? These guys are great at helping you create the perfect resume for your first job as a certified nursing assistant, or your next career move.
Becoming the healthiest version of yourself means exercising your mind too. Whether for you that means refinishing old furniture, reading, or playing an instrument. I recently dusted off the old guitar that I haven’t touched since college and started a rather clumsy attempt of trying to figure out how to play electric guitar again. It’s a little like riding a bike, and it feels great to be off the couch and learning and creating again.
What’s your favorite off the couch activity?
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