Consistent Application Of Effort
Bureaucratic institutions of the industrial
era have beaten down the work ethic of many. Most
are now comfortable just to do and do not think
Whether it was public schools or oppressive
work environments the rewards for excellence were small.
In fact in many instances an open mind and its creative
application have been punished.
A snoopy cartoon, as I remember it, opened
with Charlie Brown telling Snoopy what a good dog he was.
Snoopy then chased of an intruder - the
mailman; barked at a neighbor at the fence; and chased
some birds off by barking at them. Snoopy was then told
he was a bad dog.
Snoopy's conclusion - "the only
way to be a good dog is to do nothing."
Bureaucratic institutions promote those
that do not threaten their bosses. Just like Snoopy, the
best way to be a middle level bureaucrat is to be pleasant
looking and do nothing.
Public schools reward conformity and
obedience, those are not the sort of things that result
from a strong work ethic.
Many discover the difference between
an "A" and an easy "B" is a great
deal of work - and the rewards are not commensurate with
the work required.
Bureaucracies are deflating or imploding.
The stilted training of today's bureaucratic educational
institutions qualifies an individual for future downsizing.
Small Netcohort teams are carving out
the profitable niches from huge organizations using these
Knowledge, adaptability, a good reputation,
and a dedicated work ethic.
These networking team members - the Netcohort
- will be the middle class and upper class of the future.
Value is increasingly vested in knowledge rather than
The big four - big unions, big government,
big education, and big business will lose much of the
power they have exercised since the industrial revolution
- they will deflate.
Just as union members and low level bureaucrats
replaced guild members as the middle class - the netcohort
will replace the social machine cogs.
To be part of the netcohort, you must
be willing to engage in ventures with great promise. Being
a joint venture partner in a new enterprise holds great
Your invitation to join these ventures
will to a great extent be dependent on your consistent
It is imperative that you focus your
education on gaining useful knowledge that you enjoy -
rediscovering the pleasures of self directed learning.
A change is coming - in the foreseeable
future - a college degree will not be nearly as important
as knowledge and action.
To be part of the protean Netcohort society
is to be engaged in 24/7/365 learning.
Rediscover the pleasures of self directed
learning - and you may also rediscover the pleasures of
doing excellent work.
A work ethic is normal - yours has not
been killed - it has just found a safe hiding place.
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