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Perhaps one day you’ll be less judgmental and less prone to assign your imagined emotions to others?

FWIW, I read a lot of your posts, and often think you make good points. This comment for instance:

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Absolutely true. But it rarely does not include hard work. A work ethic may not be sufficient, but it is still foundational for economic success. To characterize those who work hard as “sheeple” is a bit of a disservice IMO.


Rule #1: Do something you love. Then you will enjoy doing it and probably get good at it.

Rule #2: Someone will notice that you are good at it and probably promote you.

Rule #3: Hire people who love what they’re doing. If they get good at it and leave because you don’t have openings, don’t begrudge them, just find someone else who loves doing it. The people who leave may come back with even more experience when you do have an opening.

Rule #4: If you are just trading your time for a paycheck, you do not love your job, and it is therefore called “work”. You will not be good at it, and you will forever be stuck doing something you don’t want to be doing. See Rule #1.


There are people who are excellent at this tasks. They stink to work with if they do not love their work. Angry people just do their work for a paycheck.

If you do not love your job head elsewhere. There are bosses who insist no one should be happy. We just saw an Australian CEO advertise his hopes for a return to servitude. He is the ultimate spoiled brat.

That is the reality for the vast majority of people. Every job I had, over decades, could have been interesting, and rewarding, but the “JCs” sucked every possible bit of enjoyment out of it, and made it an ordeal.


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See if he is good at being “in servitude”. If not, he is also NOT a good CEO and should be replaced ASAP.

You tell great jokes!
ralph was only promoted when he actively sought promotion.


Only place that ever promoted me was RS. Every other place decided that, as long as I was in the job I had, that was one job they didn’t need to worry about being handled. so there I stayed.



Curious. In my whole life I only had to force a promotion once. Other than that they just happened, either because I had demonstrated my worth and they wanted to keep me happy or because (fortuitously) somebody higher up left and I was right for the job.

Maybe that’s unusual, dunno. But as a boss I managed downstream the same way - and yes, I’m aware there are a ton of really crappy managers out there, but overall there are also a lot of good ones, I think.


I do believe you managed your teams well.

My only quibble with that statement is the word “probably”. I would replace it with “might, maybe”.
And, I’d add something like:
You’ll be more likely to be promoted if you ProACTIVELY make certain the bosses KNOW your contributions and value.

If there were 10 underlings, 5 of them doing equally outstanding, and only 1 (one) promotion spot, how did you choose which to promote?

What is meant by “promote”?

  • increase pay; no change in duties.

  • increase pay; increase responsibilities, no change in “leadership position”.

  • promote to higher leadership position with higher pay and responsibilities.

  • other?


There seems to be an assumption that I didn’t get promotions.
I did. Especially after I became more aggressive in promoting myself.
I was in two different situations in which my immediate boss was promoted, and other bosses actively pursued me for their team.

I was fortunate in that my bosses valued smart effective work, rather than simple “hard” work.
I’m also a self starter and innovative.
The bosses liked those aspects, too.

Ultimately, I valued $/unit-of-my-time over “position”.


  • pre college, I worked one fast food and two industrial jobs. All of which were simple “hard” work.
    I enjoyed the work, and moved around, learning many skills within the department, but didn’t want that for the rest of my life.
    My coworkers were superb people, but content to just work “hard”. For whatever reason, that was their life expectation.

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Straight up my career path could not be more different from everyone else’s here.

I have an auditory problem that precludes me from management. My cognitive structure is based on visual strengths, not auditory strengths. When I debate here I see your writing. Then you have to deal with my functioning on a very high level.

The workplace is for auditory learners. Especially promotions go to those who are organized that way.

I have several businesses. I can work them to my advantage over time. The functioning is not based on other people’s management skills. Except one of those businesses where the CEO partner has been too busy to move forward. I asked him for an executive search to replace him as CEO just this week.

Can I organize? Yes on a very high level. One of my upper-level art concept classes was total disorganization. I was the only A in the class. The reason I organize chaos in the visual world easily.

If you the reader have been used to going into your mom-pop business on Main Street and being a bigshot with no knowledge of economics I am not the guy who will pat you on the back and tell you fantastic. Your financial life has been closer to scrambled eggs with lumps. Let’s get real. Supply-side economics is like passing gas in a crowded church.