Feedback on 6/24/14 Issue of “Work Is Not for Sissies!”

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16 Responses to “Feedback on 6/24/14 Issue of “Work Is Not for Sissies!””

  1. Karen Says:

    Hi Glenn

    THANK YOU! God Bless Our Farmers!
    My husband is a farmer. He (as well as all of our farming family and friends) is one of the most hard working and humble people I know. They give with all their heart and truly know how to get things done.
    Thank you for this kind shout out recognizing them today!

  2. Barb Bader Says:

    One of your best Glenn……

    From a Wisconsin farm girl, MAcc, CPA, CVA……who learned how to work hard from my first memory in life….Barb Bader

  3. Pam Lancaster Says:

    Hi Glenn,
    I have never made any comments to your newsletter, although I enjoy reading it, and often forward it to my employees and kids. But “God made a farmer” brought a tear to my eye. My father-in-law was a dairy farmer, and a WWII Navy veteran. He was one of the most honest, hard-working, God-fearing men I have ever known. Many years ago I asked a friend of mine to write this poem in calligraphy for me and I had it framed. We gave it to him for Father’s Day. Pop died a few years ago, and now this framed poem is proudly hung in our home.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pam

  4. Cindyf Says:

    I agree. We used to listen to Paul Harvey at lunch when I was a kid. My daughter’s father-in-law said something similar – in his teen age years, most summers jobs consisted of bailing hay for local farmers. He stated that what young men are missing today is the opportunity to work along side older men, earning a day’s wage (reward) for a hard day of labor (set expectations) and being appreciated for their efforts (esteem). The farmer you mentioned is right – THIS is how to build esteem!

  5. Bob Haight Says:

    I enjoyed this tribute to farmers. I was a farmer myself and later taught Dairy Science at the college level. Most of my students were from farm families. Discipline, and work ethic were never a problem for me. What great kids I had and it was a pleasure to teach them.

    Bob Haight
    Executive Director
    Cortland County Chamber of Commerce

  6. Amy Pohlman Says:

    Glen,
    I have to say I thoroughly look forward to your messages every week but this post has hit home for me. I live in Nebraska and I’m married to a farmer. I actually took a picture of our farm and had a portion of this poem added to it. I attended a seminar in Norfolk NE in which you were the speaker. I absolutely agree with your style of managing.

    Your post drives the hammer to the nail! There is no work ethic in youth because they have never really had to “work”. They are given what they want as they grow up and then find it hard in the working world because they expect to be “given” what they want and do not know how to work for it. Along with that, they have never had the feeling of accomplishing something and reaping the benefits of those accomplishments. I will tell you this my kids will grow up knowing how to work and how to feel good about the work they do because we will make sure of this.

    On a positive note, our area was hit by tornadoes last week and the amount of volunteers who helped with clean up, including the youth, was amazing. These kids worked their tail off and I had so much pride for the entire community and northeast NE. There is still hope 🙂

    Thank you again for this post,

    Amy Pohlman PharmD

  7. Sarah Sherman Says:

    As the eldest of 6 on a family farm I couldn’t agree more. My parents say how proud they are of all of us kids. Every single one of us always have jobs and support ourselves (families). There were a lot of days we probably wanted to pack up and run away but we didn’t and we all can say the hard work paid off!! Raising 2 young daughters now is tough, seems like they compare themselves to their classmates and work is just not part of their daily routines. I hope someday my girls can look back and know it was worth it!!!

    Sarah Sherman

  8. Kim Kappel Says:

    UGH! Why does the “farmer” need to show the youth what a work ethics is? Maybe parents should look within and modify their parenting skills and raise functioning adults! If parents treated children , minus the sense of entitlement, to be part the household business then, businesses could focus on making money and stop the hand holding.

  9. Kathleen Says:

    Thanks for bringing a tear to my eye for the farmers and Mr. Harvey. We need our farmers. We need to help them so they do not have to sell to big corporations.

  10. Pam Harris Says:

    Dear Glenn,
    I grew up as a farmer’s daughter. My Grandmother “owned” the farm and my parents lived there when they were first married for four years. Dad built a house not far away and went to tend to the farm every day, along with working at a local foundry for extra money. Yes, he put in many hours, but still had time to teach his children. Many days/nights were spent right along side him, while he milked the cows, hayed in the fields and did many other chores. He would help anyone. We had little money, but were rich with love. I believe most every farming family has similar stories.
    You are right about having “Farming Camps”. I think some of our farmers could start a new trend; and, we would see some happy and productive children, after attending.
    Thank you for your many wonderful stories/truths.
    Pam Harris, New Salem, MA

  11. BRAD 20,000 Says:

    Farmers: totally agree.
    Paul Harvey: totally miss him!
    The closest thing to “work ethic camp” I can think of is Boy Scout camping/trekking – learn to take care of your self and work to keep up with the bigger boys. Not nearly the farmer effect, but better than the schools.
    Cellphones in the workplace: I’d love to hear more from Wise Glenn.
    My young helpers (who live on their phones) are using THEIR phones for work more and more (We rehab and lease houses) texting clients, answering emails, taking photos of our houses, repairs…). It’s great they bring their own expensive “tool” and minutes. Our younger clients prefer text or Facebook messaging to communicate with our office.
    BUT…
    tough for ME to decipher what’s going on when their thumbs are moving. Are they texting a girlfriend or a client?
    I started watching their Facebook pages and spotted posts made during work time, but the reply was “I was on break”.
    On jobsites, I had guys hanging on a ladder with one arm chatting with a girlfriend.

  12. Rhonda Kocer Says:

    I always enjoy your column. You have a very practical, straight-forward approach. This column about Farmers is definitely and will probably always rank as my favorite. I was raised on a farm, currently live on a farm, and have 4 brothers who are farmers, so I have a special place in my heart for farmers. I’m the HR manager of a manufacturing company in South Dakota. When I can tell from the application that the applicant lived on or worked on a farm, this person is sure to get an interview with me. Not much else can beat the blood of a farmer, or child of a farmer. I especially enjoyed hearing Paul Harvey’s voice. He was one of the best.

    Hope to see you back in Yankton, South Dakota again in the future. I attended both of the management seminars you’ve presented here in the past. I think they’re the best management training seminars I’ve ever attended. Even if it’s the same material, I’d love to hear it again.

    Thank you for all your hard work and thought you put into your weekly column. You would have made a great farmer.

    Rhonda Kocer

  13. Julie A. Vulk Says:

    Dear Glenn, I was born and raised on farm, have worked for the Farm Service Agency for the last 35 years. I am PROUD to say I am a farm girl and my work with my farmers the past 20 years in this county has been the most rewarding. I married a “non” farmer, but when I had that bratty teen..she got sent to the farm for just a day. Changed kid after that. My dad tried to apologize one time for the hard work he put us through. I said to him: What employer doesn’t want one of YOUR children! Our work ethic is well known….give it to the Niess kid and watch what happens. Thank you for validating one of the best careers in the world…that of a farmer.

  14. Bob Says:

    1963. 15 years old and I worked for the summer on a dairy farm through a program at our church who set up young men to assist elderly farmers who had no kids to help. 7 days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day. They put me up at the farm and the couple was very kind to me. The pay was $12.00 per week. It wasn’t the pay that I took away from that job, but learning how to work and not being afraid to work hard.
    I believe Glenn you had a column on “Persistence” at one time. I think persistence and hard work go hand in hand and are useful attributes to have in all aspects of life, but especially at work.
    Thanks again for a great column.

  15. Beverly Evans Says:

    Amen. My husband and I recently purchased land and built a home in farm country. Just to keep the hay, grass and weeds down, plant a few vegetables and flowers in addition to both working full-time jobs outside of the home is enough to keep us busy. I used to think we did this because that’s how we want our retirement to be but…I think God put us there for our 4 year old grandson who already “helps” around the property…yes he is a good kid with no problems going to sleep at night.

    Just sign me “YahYah”

  16. Karen Quaritius Says:

    I agree wholeheartedly! Now, where do we find this camp for teens?!

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