Jesse Herriott: How Technology Robbed Us Of Our Work Ethic

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global-technologyBy Rev. Jesse Herriott, M.A

 In a Google generation where everyone is an instant genius, it isn’t too far fetched to wonder if our approach to getting things accomplished has changed. But has an “upgrade” to our method of accomplishing our goals made us a bit spoiled? As soon as someone wants to know the answer to an age-old question, depending on the subject matter, the only thing that they would have to do is simply search for it on the internet. Long gone are the days where knowledge was possessed by an elite few, and everyone else was kept in the dark. In fact, to hear someone explain some subjects, it’s difficult to determine if they have an advanced degree in the subject matter, or if they watched a you-tube lecture.

Yet, there are some side-effects to having access to all of the world’s knowledge. The biggest of them is that having immediate and consistent access to what you desire all of the time can spoil you, and weaken that “will” to go out and get what you want. In other words, if you are accustomed to rapid results, it is possible for you to lose that  “hard work” ethic that so many of our elders posses. In order to avoid a mob of youth, (I being one of them), attacking their computer screens after reading this article, I must also suggest that generations of the past didn’t have access to some of the information that our generation has access to. So, it’s definitely not wrong to utilize the best possible information available, especially if it will give you a more efficient way to accomplish your goals. My main objective is that all of us should remember to hold on to our hard work ethics, and maintain the same tenacity that emerges only after fighting a long and hard battle to achieve something of value.

Our economy is quickly becoming a skills-based economy, and there are instances where instead of only one individual matching the requirements for a particular job; it is becoming normal to assume that many individuals that exceed the requirements may apply for the same job. But that is not an excuse to give up your ideas about having a good life, just because the competition has become tougher. The truth is that the rules of the game have changed and in order to compete in our global economy, you have to be conscious of the demands that companies are placing on their employees.

There are some questions in life that Google cannot answer, and there are some goals that you can only reach with time; as our predecessors used to say, “A little hard work never hurt nobody.” If you have to work harder to reach your goal; whether it’s financial, career-oriented, relationship-oriented, or personal, simply looking for a shorter route isn’t always the best approach. Working through the “curves” in life does require strength, and sometimes we’ve got to lean on the ropes and still be able to throw punches.

Some scholars suggest that Americans should redeem their entrepreneurial spirit. It’s always annoying to have to “beg” your employer for a day off of work to respond to a personal issue. Yet, being in complete control over your time and production requires serious responsibility, and strict financial planning. But it is very possible to be your own boss. In fact, if we spend twice as much time planning our exit from a job, as we do planning our entrance to a job, perhaps stepping into entrepreneurship won’t be as frightening as it looks sometimes-and maybe we won’t be as tripped up if the employer lets us go before our expected termination date. Regardless of what you decide to do/be/become in your life, don’t always settle for the shortest distance between two points. If you can take the long route to accomplishing a goal, sometimes the longer distance route allows you to pick up a certain resolve and self-motivation that you would not have gained if you took the shorter route.

Jesse Herriott is an ordained priest; writer and lecturer from Atlanta, GA. Jesse is completing a PhD in Psychology from NorthCentral University, and he researches/writes about Relationships, Psychology & Spirituality. In addition, he hosts a weekly radio broadcast airing every Tuesday at 9am Central on Unity Online Radio entitled, “Living on Purpose.” http://www.unity.fm/program/livingonpurpose

 Learn more at www.jesseherriott.com

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  1. The general meaning of ethics: rational, optimal (regarded as the best solution of the given options) and appropriate decision brought on the basis of common sense. This does not exclude the possibility of destruction if it is necessary and if it does not take place as the result of intentional malice.*;

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