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Be Raw Podcast

175 EpisodesProduced by Walt BlauWebsite

Stories are an awesome way to communicate. To pass along information or knowledge. Make us laugh, cry or think. What you will hear on this show is a wide range of stories and conversations that can and do get Raw.


#141 - Can't beat a guy at his own game!

This is me, the mic, ya'll listening, no notes and whatever is on my mind. Thanks for listening, take what you want, leave the rest.

Today I talk aboutknowing the worth of a trade and being good paying for it. You ask for your worth when selling a service or a product. Why do you complain when someone ask you for the same?


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In a world often dazzled by the allure of traditional white-collar professions, the intrinsic value of jobs in the trades is frequently overlooked. The trades, encompassing professions such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and mechanics, constitute the backbone of society, playing a crucial role in building, maintaining, and repairing the infrastructure that sustains our daily lives. Understanding the worth of a job in the trades requires a shift in perspective, acknowledging the indispensable contribution these skilled workers make to our communities.

Firstly, the trades provide an avenue for individuals to cultivate practical skills and expertise that are in perpetual demand. In an era where technological advancements are transforming industries, the timeless nature of trade skills ensures a constant need for skilled professionals. Electricians wire the buildings that power our modern conveniences, plumbers keep the water flowing, carpenters construct the spaces we inhabit, and mechanics keep our vehicles on the move. These skills are not only essential but also form the bedrock of societal functionality.

Moreover, jobs in the trades often offer a direct and tangible impact on the world. Unlike some desk jobs that might seem abstract in their contribution, a tradesperson can witness the fruits of their labor firsthand. A carpenter sees the structure rise from the ground up, an electrician witnesses the illumination of a space they have powered, and a mechanic experiences the satisfaction of reviving a dormant vehicle. This immediate connection between effort and outcome can be immensely gratifying, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride in one's work.

The financial remuneration associated with trades jobs further underscores their worth. Skilled tradespeople often enjoy competitive salaries, and with experience, many have the potential to earn a comfortable income. Additionally, the demand for skilled trades is such that individuals can find opportunities for steady employment, whether through traditional employment or entrepreneurial ventures. The ability to carve out a stable and lucrative career in the trades challenges the conventional narrative that success is solely synonymous with a four-year college degree.

Furthermore, the trades offer an alternative path to success that is not burdened by the weight of student loan debt. Apprenticeships and vocational training programs provide accessible entry points into the world of trades, allowing individuals to learn and earn simultaneously. This pragmatic approach to education is not only cost-effective but also aligns with the growing recognition that success can be achieved through diverse pathways.

In conclusion, understanding the worth of a job in the trades necessitates recognizing the invaluable contributions these professionals make to society. The skills they bring to the table are the literal foundations of our communities, and the tangible impact of their work is felt in every structure, system, and service we rely on. Beyond the immediate satisfaction of a job well done, the trades offer financial stability, a direct connection to the fruits of one's labor, and a viable alternative to traditional educational pathways. As perceptions evolve, it is crucial to accord the trades the respect and appreciation they rightfully deserve.

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