What I Learned From Carpenters In The 1970s

When I started working in construction, the year was 1978 and carpenters usually brought their dogs to the job, had their radios blasting out loud music and there was plenty of alcohol that was consumed on a regular basis. These carpenters that I'm talking about, weren't really interested in safety or doing exceptionally good work.

It didn't take me long to figure out that most of the people that worked in the construction business, back then drank a lot and some of them were even what I would consider to be alcoholics. This never seemed to bother most of the people that they worked with, as long as they did their job.

When I say that their work was okay, these people were usually more concerned about the activities after work than they were concerned about activities during work. Their biggest problem was running out of alcohol and whose turn it was to go down to the local liquor store to resupply the troops.

Quite a few of the carpenters that I worked with, didn't really seem to care about anything, including the work that they were doing. If something was wrong or they messed something up, they really never gave it a second thought. If the construction foreman ever came up and challenge them about some of the work that they had done, they would simply promised to buy them some more alcohol and the problem was solved.

This was a rough and rugged bunch of carpenters and I really couldn't ever imagine what they were like 20 years before this, but I did learn a valuable lesson from these carpenters. It's important to take pride in what you do and do the job the best that you can.

I wasn't ever interested in being like these guys. Their carefree attitudes towards other people and their work, seemed to be a reflection of who they became later on. I learned a lot from these old-timers, even if it was only that I never wanted to live a life like they did.

It's always going to be better to do the best job that you can or that you are capable of doing and the rewards will come in the future as a result of the choices you make in the present.