College & Craftsmanship

It was instilled in me from an early age that hard work is a great thing.

Great work elicits accolades from others. And it should also elicit pride in oneself.

As a young adventurist growing up in Dongola, I believed that Labor Day was solely reserved for craftsmen.

That’s not just a fancy name for woodworkers. You can be a craftsman in any occupation you choose.

And craftsmanship doesn’t always require a degree from a university.

Young people are always being pressured about college these days.

They’re told the only pathway to success is to go to college, get a degree, and land a good job.

Some folks spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, graduate, and then never use the degree they were awarded.

Now don’t get me wrong, college is important. One should always be learning and growing. But it’s not the only way to make a comfortable living.

In my humble opinion, that Mike Rowe fella has done more to normalize the skilled trades than anybody else in recent history.

College isn’t for everyone. And that’s okay.

My father told me, “Son, you need to be the best you can be. Whatever it is, be the best.”

Every individual should work a job that requires a certain level of skill. And we should always hone our skills and perform our duties to completion with enthusiasm and pride.

It doesn’t matter if you’re performing surgery or sweeping up the operating room. Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.

Because others are depending on you.

Labor Day is a time to celebrate your God-given craftsmanship. It’s a day to be proud of the work you do to help others and support your family.

There is great honor in being a craftsman.

And it’s an even greater honor to work in the greatest country in the world.

Opportunity requires labor. But when you live in the LAND of opportunity, you don’t labor... you prosper.

Happy Labor Day.

Be well. Stay well. Thanks for readin’...

Francis Pass

P.S. – I thank the good Lord that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve thousands and thousands of customers over the last 51 years.

You heard that right. Labor Day marks Pass One Hour’s fifty-first year in business.

By the way, we’re always looking for great craftsman. Just sayin’...