What do these pictures have in common? Well, they may have a few things in common however I think for arguments sake lets agree there is not much as they are of completely different landscapes and environments. So obviously we can see they are different so what is the point of this silly question then?
The point I want to make is that we often see things as silly as this comparison but because of influence we often over look the answer that can be as easy to spot as this comparison of the beach and forest.
The other day I was reading an online article talking about the future of industry and the return of craftsmen in the United States, and how our market is evolving for these traditional trades to come back. In the article they talk about the need of such craftsmen and the potential opportunities for people who work in these industries.
Okay how does this relate to the images and whats the point? Point one is the person writing the post is not a trades person and I am sure has limited experience in the industry. “But they’re an analyst so they have to know these things and study the trends!” Well, yes I agree they would have to have some kind of knowledge about the industry, or data to make their claims. However, they are collecting data of a great variety and very little is being done to synthesis that data into smaller fragments.
Now back to the pictures above, we could on a large scale say these pictures are of the same things. They are of habitats on Earth. Wow, great that is true and that does give us some information, but does it really explain the type of habitats or the details of those environments. No, it would not and same goes by these news medias and analyst writing these broad articles. So how do you get the info about the details well you need to talk to people in those areas who know the details. The same way if you wanted to know the best place to camp in the forest above you would ask a local there right.
My point to all this is the trades are seeing up-spikes in business is not an accurate picture. The truly skilled artisans and craftsmen are being desired by the elite groups as usual and are being paid an exorbitant amount of income. So why the up-spike then, well because the difference between today and 60 years ago is there are fewer people entering those career fields, because they were taught by their high school career councilors (authority figure) computer education is the future. So with less people in a career field, and with those specialized craftsmen earning well, the industry looks like it’s spiking. But lets face it that income is not evenly distributed among the career field, and it shouldn’t be, as we are talking about master craftsmen, people who have dedicated their lives to their tradecraft. And when it comes to people like that they will always be in high demand. The analyst can’t tell you how many people are currently working in this field for under the table income or for free, and how many people are working under a master craftsmen earning very little to nothing, and how many years they will have to continue to do so in order to earn the same kind of income that warrants the kind of pay being spoken about.
So before you go running into another job or decision based on what someone else told you ask your self one truly important question. “What am I willing to bust my butt for day in and day out?” Having this kind of mindset you can set yourself free from job market downsizing, you can set yourself apart because this is the type of person who goes home and continues to work, continues to learn and continues to improve themselves. This is not the type of person who says, oh that job market is open in that industry now so I will go do that instead because that will be easier than what I am doing now. Easier is good, but there is a difference between easier and lazy. If the decision is coming from lazy you are susceptible to allowing others to control your life and direction.
Stop looking for easier and start looking for what you love doing. Because lets face it in another 10 years I am sure another analyst will be saying that the trades are the lowest paying jobs on a national average and we should all become “X” now.
To my analyst friends this by no means was meant to downplay your role in the world or your skill sets. I appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience you bring and I believe it is important to look at the trends and to see potential changes, and then to take that knowledge and apply it with our own knowledge and our own research to come to a logic conclusion. Often people hear something and without further knowledge or research take it as the only truth. And what makes this thinking even scary is that they gladly give their decision and thinking over to someone else only because they believe that person is the authority. So my goal was not to put down the critical thinkers but to instead raise up our own individual thinking to make the best out of the research we are given.
You are the authority of your own life, so be responsible and follow your heart to what you really want out of this world. Start dreaming again about the life you want, and stop giving the “right” of decision making over to others. And if your lost thats okay we all get lost from time to time, but instead know that you are lost and it’s okay. This understanding will prevent you from fooling yourself into doing something you don’t want to do, and better yet this will prevent you from acting as an authority and misleading others down the same road with you.
In conclusion I am not an analyst or an authority figure, nor do I wish to be, so do as you wish to do because in the end it is your own life you are responsible for. The analyst or the authority figures we so easily give our power over to cannot resolve our problems, that is something only we can do. So if your unhappy or lost look inwards and use the information as a helping guide to get back on your feet.
To you all I wish you the very best and I hope that more people will stop looking for the easy way out of life and start looking for the way to truly enjoy living it instead.
Blessings to you all.