In this month’s reading of Scroll IV of The Greatest Salesman, one paragraph hit home. Without knowing it prior to reading it in the book, I have actually been living it.
“The problems of my home will be left in my home. I will think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my thoughts. So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my love”.
When I started out my electrical apprenticeship 30 plus yeas ago, I was fortunate enough to be working with a very intelligent journeyman. This mentor of the trade explained how when I was on the job, I needed to focus on the job and not let problems at home interfere with job performance. I didn’t quite get it right away, but listened to him and tried to put it into practice.
The electrical trade can be very hazardous, and I started hearing about some of the misfortunes of others. Some had minor electrocutions, others have had electrical burns severe enough to spend time in the hospital, and a few of my brothers, we buried. Perhaps their thoughts were clouded and lost their focus.
Armed with the wisdom of this man, I put these words into practice and have successfully completed my career, and retired from this trade with all my body parts intact.
I had also put into practice the part where I didn’t bring home the job with me. Only sharing interesting and funny events or conversations, never the complaints, frustrations or the construction language. I always felt that my home should be a safe place for my family.
Og explains further, “There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home for the market. Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to both”.
How fortunate I had been that my journeyman took the time to tell me this, and I always passed it on to the apprentices that came to work with me.
Thank you Og, for putting this into perspective.
Peace and Aloha, Steve