I skim through a lot of newsletters and magazines during my workweek, and I have to say that I actually prefer reading newsprint than reading an email. Print is tangible. I can tear an article out of a magazine or newsletter and keep it for future reference. It seems wasteful to me to print an article that I’ve received by email.
I recently came across an article in a trade magazine titled, “Plumbing vs. working for the government.” It can be applied to almost any career. This well-written article was penned by Matt Michel, CEO of The Service Roundtable (www.ServiceNationalAlliance.com).
The article listed 15 reasons why one would choose to work for the government, rather than being a plumbing contractor. Each one of the reasons was an “easy” way rather than the “hard” way to earn a living. Here they are:
- No more long hours;
- Never be on-call again;
- Get a week-long vacation;
- No more employees;
- No customers;
- End the anxiety;
- Your paycheck is assured;
- No more corporate taxes;
- Tell the bankers to bank off;
- Enforce, rather than obey regulations;
- No more permits;
- No more competition;
- Insurance worries disappear;
- No more lawyers; and
- You can retire.
Yes, it’s true that a government job can bring all these benefits, but what about the advantages of being a contractor? Here are my top ten reasons:
- Being able to create an environment where people can become their best;
- Leaving something you worked on in better condition than when you began;
- Doing an honest day’s work;
- Seeing something built from the ground up;
- Solving a client’s problem;
- Building trust with a client;
- Inspiring those around you, especially fellow team members;
- Knowing that you are making a difference in people’s lives;
- Always being on the look-out for continuous improvement; and finally,
- Collecting the final payment on a project!
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