A vanishing perspective
Recently I recorded a video series for my keynote speaking business. It was called from Faith to Future.
In one of the episodes, I talked about the concept of using hard work to get out of a difficult situation. While I was recording it, I was thinking about my grandmother.
Like many of your grandparents perhaps, she has lived through some tumultuous times. Born just at the end of the First World War, she grew up with very little. Happy, but with little reward. In that era, friendships meant everything. Material objects held lower value and the concept of struggle was commonplace.
She lost her first husband when my Father was a little over a week old. That was during the Second World War. She moved in with her mother but at that time, two women could not live together because the war effort required women to work in the munitions and aircraft factories of the Midlands.
It was while she was working on one of the aircraft that she received a proposal of sorts from her second husband. Albert Bates asked her in a typical Midland fashion “What’s up m’duck?”. After a brief conversation he gave her some money and told her to head down to the Registry office and buy a marriage license. I guess nobody knew how much time you would have to enjoy each other's company, particularly when you lived in Coventry so as the saying goes, strike while the iron is hot.
Finally, after she married, she was able to bring my father down to the Midlands and raise him as her son.
I have had a very close relationship with my Grandmother. We have done a lot of work together. My whole family is used to working hard and as I look around, I wonder whether hard work is a vanishing art!
I talk in my keynotes about the concept of working smart. Many books have been written about using other people’s money instead of your own, about making money by doing very little from other people’s efforts. In my Grandmother’s younger days that would have been viewed with disdain. Today it is commonplace.
The desire for instant gratification and “smart work” is so prevalent that we often confuse priorities. While I haven’t always been able to abide by it, it is wise to “dig your well before you are thirsty”. Perhaps we need to reinvigorate the concept of “hard work”. I witness too many people not showing up for work because they don’t feel well or they have something that hurts.
I don’t think my Grandmother took many days off work, I don’t think there was a choice during the War effort. Could plain old fashioned hard work be something that is changing in this new world?
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