Posts Tagged ‘slacker’

Just gimme some cash dude!

June 4, 2010

Yesterday I ran in to Taco Bell for a quick lunch.  The dude who took my order commented on the rather large roll of cash I happened to have in my pocket.  I asked him if he needed a loan and he said “Yes.”  So I asked him if I loaned him $1000 what he would do.  He immediately replied that he’d quit that job and just wait until the money ran out.

I explained that then he would have no job and a debt to me of $1000.  But he seemed to just bask in the thought of having a few days of not coming to work and still having money to spend.

Is it any wonder we have adults with the same mentality?

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin

Okay, now I’m wondering – is this really the mentality of most people?  To just exhaust any available resources and go deeper into financial bondage?

What would you do?  What if I gave you $1000 today?

Don’t be one of the “Hodo Zoho”

November 4, 2008

Here’s a new phenomenon we are seeing in Japan.  Young professionals are turning down “promotions” because they want a life in addition to their work.  Civil service workers are choosing not to take career-advancing exams and thousands of IT workers are looking to switch to less demanding positions.  The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (once the goal of many elite workers) now says only 14% of the eligible employees took high level exams for management positions in 2007 – down from 40% thirty years ago. 

The “hodo-hodo zohu” translates roughly to the “so-so folks.”  Before you jump to conclusions about this new “slacker generation” please remember there is another term that has been very popular in Japan in the last 20 years as they have gained business and economic prominence.  That term is “karoshi” and it means “death from overwork.”  There have been cases of 30 and 40-yr olds who have died at their desks after weeks and months of 14 hour days, seven days a week in their attempts to climb the corporate and financial ladder.

So where’s the balance here?  If you turn down a promotion you will be seen as a “slacker” and similar to the “hodo-hodo zohu.”  If you work 70 hours a week you may be risking “karoshi.” 

We all have 168 hours a week – no more, no less.  If you sleep 8 hours a night and work 70 hours a week you are left with 42 hours – or 6 hours a day.  That has to cover your investment of time in your physical, social, parenting and marital, spiritual and personal development areas.  If you are the “average” American you are also watching 2.6 hours of TV every day.  That drops the time down to 3.4 hours for all those important life areas. 

I trust it’s clear there won’t be much success in any of those areas with that little time invested.   Don’t compromise the success you want physically, spiritually, in your marriage and your family by having it dry up from lack of attention. 

Okay – what are you if you have it all together — you’re already standing out from the crowd?  My Japanese is pretty weak so let’s just go with:  “Urfulealive”

Dead Man Working

January 2, 2008

I am frequently alarmed when I hear someone describe how effectively they avoid work and are still able to receive a paycheck.  Do these people really enjoy “not working?”  Now I’m not talking about relaxing with friends and family, or taking a cruise, or even taking a break to just walk around the neighborhood.  No, I’m talking about expending energy to try to figure out how to avoid any real productive work while in their place of employment.   Computers seem to have added to this malady.  As long as someone is sitting in front of a screen I guess it looks like work.  People check personal email, browse on eBay, and do their Christmas shopping.  Recently I was walking through a corporate office and watched a woman playing solitaire.  I commented to the person showing me in and he dismissed it as that’s just what people do. It appears that looking at a computer covers a world of self-absorbed inefficiency.  It the boss walks up you can always say you’re teaching yourself some new software and thus saving the company training dollars.  You’re not a slacker – you’re a self-starter.   I’ve encountered people who have purposely jammed the production line so they could get in at least a 30-minute nap.  Others who pay co-workers to clock in for them.  And then they complain about loss of benefits or being laid off.   Don’t people realize that in avoiding work they are numbing themselves to the process of innovation, creativity, profitability and ultimately personal fulfillment?  A meaningful life cannot include deception and seeking payment for work not performed.  Is it any wonder companies are looking for ways to pay for “results” rather than “time?”