The Best Ways to Get Rich Part 8/Why Most Americans Hate their Boss
We’ve seen it in a million movies and TV shows. The American boss is almost always portrayed as a slave-driving tyrant who abuses his power and makes his employees lives miserable. Always forcing them to work overtime, or weekends, which causes them to miss his or her kid’s recital or ball game or play.
I used to think of bosses that way too…
Until I became one.
That’s where I learned that many workers are, mentally, still in their teens. Pushing back against authority. Always arguing with cops, government workers and basically anyone who is in the position to tell them what to do.
Let me give it to you bluntly.
As employees, they don’t know shit. And they want to keep it that way! They don’t want to know if the company’s main supplier’s plant burned down, or that your company’s best customer filed chapter 11. Their attitude is, I showed up, so I get paid.
But, this attitude prevents them from seeing the big picture and their place in it. This often leads to bitter resentment when they are fired or downsized.
Since the great majority of Americans don’t understand how business works, they feel cheated and ripped off when a plant closes and moves to a different location. They blame greedy corporations and unscrupulous business people.
Corporate Daddy doesn’t love them anymore so they are going to pout, and rant and call him mean names.
We hate you, evil business people! You vicious, selfish, monstrous, vile, misers who prey upon the good and kind and pure of heart!
Oh, by the way, are there any openings at your plant?
Are some employers actually vicious, monstrous, vile, etc.? Certainly, history is littered with them. But keep in mind there are an equal amount of vicious, monstrous, vile etc., employees. Those who steal equipment from job sites, file false injury reports, sabotage construction to lengthen employment, embezzle, fake illnesses and so on. But you never hear about them because it would tarnish the company’s reputation.
It boils down to this…
If people understood this simple reality, I believe 90% of all business concerns would disappear overnight.
Here it is. Business always, always, always, goes where the profits are.
If you are no longer part of the profit-making machinery, you will soon be unemployed.
People create businesses to become rich, so they won’t have to work, so they can have all the money they want, so they can drive fancy cars, live in luxurious houses, and travel extensively.
They did not create a business so you can have a job. You are only a means for them to attain their goals.
What you want is of no concern.
You see, Corporate daddy never loved you. Never cared about you. Couldn’t care less that you feel lost and betrayed. He’s abandoning you, dumping you off on the side of the road, so that he and the rest of the company can go to where the profits are.
Once you understand that, everything else about business falls into place.
When I became a boss, I became aware of the amount of responsibility and stress that came with it. There is an old saying.
Come in early and stay late, put in 50 hours a week so you can become a boss…
…and work eighty hours a week.
When I was an employee, I showed up on time, did the work I was responsible for and went home at 5. I never worried about my job, got along with my fellow employees and like most employees felt vastly unappreciated.
When I became a boss. All that ignorant bliss evaporated. I became one of the few whose job it was to make sure we made enough profit to cover all the bills, all the taxes, that all the government regulations were followed, that all the machinery was functioning at full capacity, and all the employee’s wages, health care insurances, and 401K’s were up to date.
I became aware of the rapid industry changes and how devastating the results would be if we didn’t act, and more importantly, that we knew WHAT action to take.
The president of the company was a very astute businessman, a classy dresser and always wore a fedora hat. The employees nicknamed him The Hat.
Overtime I became known as The Boot. Why? Because I had the job of firing the employees who The Hat decided weren’t “working out.”
I once fired the head bookkeeper because he turned down a promotion. The Hat explained that people not interested in improving their station had no place in his organization. I fired a salesman because he was overheard saying “I don’t know,” in reply to a customer’s question.
The Hat informed me that “I don’t know means I don’t care,” and people who don’t care, don’t work for him.
I once told his daughter who reported to me that her attitude was disruptive and her treatment of fellow employees bordered on being abusive and if she didn’t straighten out I was going to fire her.
She scoffed and replied, “You fire me? Yeah, like that’s going to happen.”
To which I replied. “Do you honestly think I would threaten to fire you if I wasn’t absolutely, positively sure I had the authority to do so?”
To his credit, The Hat, with the assistance of the V.P. masterfully maneuvered the company’s fortunes through some very difficult financial times, making it possible for some employees to spend their entire careers working there, and for the company to expand and prosper.
I now have a successful business of my own and I credit much of that success to what I learned from him. A business is like a vehicle with a tangible destination (where the profit is) and during that journey, people are picked up and dropped off according to their ability to keep the vehicle on its way to that destination.
That’s how business works, it’s nothing personal.
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