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Updated on October 4, 2012
Lessons in hard work have stayed with me.
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Teaching was always my first love.
Teaching was always my first love. | Source
The hardest worker I have ever known.
The hardest worker I have ever known. | Source

It’s funny sometimes where ideas for articles come from. I was having an online conversation with a young writer friend Josh http://josh3418.hubpages.com/ (hey nephew) and I asked him what he did for a living. He told me and then wham! The idea for this article was born.

I have mentioned in earlier writings that I was raised by fantastic parents who were teens during the Great Depression. My dad dropped out of high school when he was a sophomore to ride the rails in search of work so he could help his parents with the bills. My mom worked in the shipyards as a riveter and held a variety of jobs so she could also help her parents during those tough times.

I grew up with an appreciation for hard work; my parents instilled in me early on a work ethic that has been with me for six decades and counting. Their words have been with me during every job I have labored at, quiet whispers in my ear as I went about the tasks at hand.

Appreciate every job you have

Do more than you are expected to do

Give your best effort each and every day

There is no job that is beneath you

A man can be measured by the job he does when nobody is watching

Take pride in your work; at the end of the day you have to live with yourself.

I am now sixty-three years old and I have worked for forty-eight years; not once have I forgotten the lessons that were taught to me. I thought I would share with you each and every job I have had in my lifetime and my reflections about each job. Shall we begin? Come with me down Memory Lane as I make an attempt to remember my work history.

IT BEGAN IN A BOWLING ALLEY

Proctor Lanes in Tacoma, Washington, was the site of my first job. Fifteen years old and I was hired to keep the pin-setting machines running smoothly. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. As an avid bowler in youth league I was being offered money plus free bowling. How could it get any better? I loved the job, loved meeting new people and had the opportunity to become fairly good at bowling.

By the time I was seventeen I was told by a neighbor about a warehouse job for a Fruit & Produce company. I ended up working there for four years part time, sweating like crazy during the summer months and freezing my butt off during Christmas vacation. It was hard, honest labor and it paid ten bucks an hour. What I remember most about that job is that I made more per hour than my dad did at a job he had worked for twenty years. I felt bad about that fact; I know he was happy for me but still, it wasn’t right that I was making more than he was.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND

During the school year at college I worked in the cafeteria preparing meals and cleaning tables as part of a work-study deal. I don’t remember what I made per hour; it certainly wasn’t much but then the skills required weren’t much either.

Dad died halfway through my junior year and when I finally graduated I needed to find a job quickly to help my mom with bills. I had two college degrees and for the first time in my young life I could not find a job. Finally, after a month of pounding the pavement, I got a job for a beer and wine distributor…in their warehouse…driving a forklift. I had to have been the only forklift driver with two college degrees, a source of much humor for my co-workers. I didn’t care; the words of my parents were with me. Appreciate every job you have and give your best effort each and every day. And I did, for five years, until my mom re-married and I went back to school to get my degree in Education so I could be a teacher.

THE NEXT CHAPTER IN MY LIFE

My first teaching gig was a part-time position at Tacoma Community College; I didn’t enjoy the college scene but it was a stepping stone and it led to my first full-time teaching position at Blanchet High School in Seattle. I loved everything about it and there is no better feeling than standing in front of your first class and finding out that you were born to be a teacher.

Marriage followed and with it a decision to try living somewhere else. Off to Vermont where my wife and I purchased a sporting goods store, partnering with a friend of ours. I found I enjoyed retail, talking with customers, building friendships, giving the best customer service I could, but in the end partner problems surfaced and we lost everything.

I learned a valuable lesson in humility as we boarded a Greyhound bus, no money to our names, and headed back to Washington State. I called up the old beer and wine warehouse company and, begging for a job, was given my old job back in the warehouse. We needed money, I was lucky enough to be working and I worked double shifts for three years until we had enough saved to buy another home.

For several more years I worked for that company, first in the warehouse, then driving a beer route and finally as a beer salesman. We eventually saved enough to buy a mom & pop grocery store in Gig Harbor and we owned that for five years until we divorced and I found myself out of work once again.

I finally found work for a lumber yard, driving lumber trucks and picking orders, a hard, physical job that led to a bulging disk in my back and a back operation. Flat broke and unable to do physical labor, I found myself at one of the lowest points of my life. Thank God for teaching!

I crawled out of my self-pity hole and renewed my teaching certificate and luckily got hired at a middle school in Olympia. My life was about to take an upswing.

STABILITY AT LAST

Twelve beautiful years followed, doing what I was born to do, interacting with middle school students and loving every single day of my time there. Awards followed, strong relationships were formed and it appeared I would be there until I retired.

Alcohol had something else in mind for me. I was asked to leave the job I loved in 2002. Transition once again! What to do? I finally formed a small elder care company but that failed when my mom fell ill and needed me to once again support her. I found a job working at a UHaul business, did that for several years, eventually ended up in Alaska teaching and almost died from my disease. It turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me.

Back to UHaul for a year, then two wonderful years of teaching in Oregon followed by a half year of teaching in Olympia. By my own choice I left that teaching position and began a career as a freelance writer.

WHAT HAVE I LEARNED?

You do what you have to do to survive. There were times I wanted to give up; there were times I wanted to scream to the heavens about the unfairness of it all. Still, those words of my parents kept coming back to me.

There is no substitute for hard work. The keys to success, no matter how you define success, are never handed to you. The mistakes that were made were made by me and me alone. Conversely, the successes that I had were earned by me, through hard work and a willingness to always keep moving forward.

Today I realize that I am fortunate to have experienced so many jobs. Today I have a fine appreciation for having a job I love doing rather than having a job I need. There is a fine distinction between the two.

There are some jobs I left out now that I think back. I spent a summer shoveling coal into a blast furnace in the hull of a ship. I did lawnwork and scooped dog poop, mucked out stalls and pushed grocery carts. I even had a paper route for a year. Anything I had to do to keep moving forward I did, and each and every job was appreciated for what it was, an opportunity to earn an honest day’s dollar for an honest day’s work.

There are no shortcuts in life; at least there never have been in my life. I respect anyone who works hard, who gets by on their skills, sweat and willpower. I like to hang with people who have paid their dues in life and who understand the value of hard work.

People like my parents, who loved me enough to give me a philosophy that has stood the test of time. Nothing is free in life. If you want it, earn it, and if you earn it, appreciate it.

Thank you mom! Thank you dad! I love you both very much!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

For more articles about Lifestyle Choices see the following:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Saying-Goodbye-To-A-Life-That-Wasnt-Working

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-The-Meaning-of-Integrity

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-Life-Is-Fair

For my Lifestyle Choices book on Kindle go to:

http://www.amazon.com/Lifestyle-Choices-ebook/dp/B007ZV9G2U/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336064586&sr=1-3

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A wonderful and beautiful hub and I love the message, Bill. I want to know where in time, did this message get lost as it was passed from one generation to the next. My parents lived by this philosophy, they passed it along to me, but somehow, my brother never learned this. I thought it was just him, but I have come to realize, it has been slowly spreading throughout our society.

      While I was job hunting in Florida, I would spend time at the Job Service, working on my resume, taking classes, etc. And repeatedly, I would hear, "Oh no, girl, I turned that job down! I ain't gonna do XXXX for XXXX. It's beneath me!" I wanted to slap them, but jail time wasn't an option. The only time I turned down a job was if it didn't cover the cost of daycare or, after being hired and working for 3 days, they suddenly switched me to nights knowing my husband was out of town frequently and I would have no one to stay with my son at night.

      Life takes a sacrifice sometimes to get through it. Some people would rather get the instant gratification that a future and better payoff.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I have often wondered that myself. There seems to be a new generation who thinks they are entitled without having to work and I'm sick of it. Get your lazy butts out there and work or go without....and yes, my son is included in that group. I just don't get it.

      What I do get is how much I appreciate your great comment and friendship.

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      Bill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

      I have to agree with all that you wrote. I to was raised with parents who preached the same song. I always gave my best to a job ans never felt one was below me to do. A lot of times, I stared a job and it always seemed to make it work out for the best.

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      Bill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

      I have to agree with all that you wrote. I to was raised with parents who preached the same song. I always gave my best to a job ans never felt one was below me to do. A lot of times, I stared a job and it always seemed to make it work out for the best.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Handyman, I don't know any other way to approach a job! It's nice to know there are others out there who believe in working hard. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL thanks again!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Sometimes those early jobs teach us so much. My first job was at a car wash. I washed the cars, dried them, and cleaned the tires for tips. I learned how hard some people have to work for a living. Powerful hub Bill! Kelley

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      The feeling is mutual, Mr. Holland. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, they are great lessons to learn. Thank you as always; you really are a very loyal follower.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, anything for you, Sis!

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up, useful and beautiful!

      A great tribute to your parents. A useful message to people and you have relived the ups and downs of life in a very organised and beautiful manner in this hub. This reflects your inner self very strongly. Well written.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is beautiful Billy. I need to bookmark this and read it again when I'm having a pity party about my life. I've had a really good life, thanks to the hard work of family members who have gone before me, worked hard and saved their money and been generous enough to pass along material wealth to me to give me a better start in life. Thanks for this - I needed it today!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shampa, thank you my friend. I had some great teachers in my parents to follow...they taught me well and thankfully I remembered their lessons well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, thank you for stopping by and I'm glad this hub helped you in some way. There are lessons from our parents for each one of us if we are willing to learn from them.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey uncle Bill! :) Thanks for the shout out! This is a wonderful story and hopefully an influence to many out there. This is so true, instant gratification gets you know where, we have to make sacrifices to succeed in the long run.

      "You do what you have to do to survive. There were times I wanted to give up; there were times I wanted to scream to the heavens about the unfairness of it all. Still, those words of my parents kept coming back to me."

      Great words Bill, and yes you had awesome parents.

      "Show me someone who doesn't have regrets, and I will show you someone who has not lived their life!" I am loving your inspiring videos!

      Have a great day uncle Bill! :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Another fantastic hub! I've had some pretty random jobs, including a brief time at a Staples Copy Center and the better part of a year working at a hobby shop. People would ask me what I was doing with my life working a job "like that." When you need a job, a job is better than no job. While I can't say I was thrilled with either, I did learn things at both. Now I know how to use copiers (yes, it does involve black magic...), fix small engines, and do some other random things I'd never know without those jobs. Career at the copy center? Maybe not. At the time, the job was very important to me.

      I love that you point out no job is beneath you. I read an article recently stating most younger people today that are unemployed feel like available jobs are below them. I had roommates who wouldn't take jobs, even though they really needed the money, because they thought it was beneath them. They should read your hub!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, this is such an inspirational hub! I can relate to what you mentioned about doing what you have to do to survive. I've had several jobs over the past few years, I was even an Au Pair two years ago in an attempt to make some much needed extra money, and I never saw myself having to work to look after children! This after I'd started my home business, which didn't go so well after the first year. But, we learn. And we do what we need to do. We can all take something from what you've written here, thanks! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, you are one of a kind! I love your attitude nephew! Keep looking at the positives and you are going to do quite well during your lifetime. Thank you for a great comment and your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, knowing you as I do it does not surprise me at all that you agree with this hub. As I was ending my teaching career I would see more and more kids turn up their noses at jobs because they thought they were too good to be doing menial jobs that paid minimum wage....and they were seventeen and eighteen years old. ???? I just don't understand that kind of thinking and never will.

      Thank you young lady; you are a breath of sunshine!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are very welcome Bill, anytime! You deserved it, it was the least I could do for a great story! Yes I will definitely keep persevering!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelChi, thank you for a great comment. We do what we need to do...period! I can so relate to your comment. Thank you once again for being so supportive.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good man, Josh!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Bill!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved the quote: "Regret is an appalling waste of energy. You can not build upon it. It is only good to wallow in." How very true and yet, as you said in the video, many of us (and yes, I've sometimes done it myself) fall into the guilt hole and waste prescious time living with regret and all the woulda, coulda, shoulda's that simply don't matter anymore.

      We can never go back and change the past but we can always begin each new day living the principles that are meaningful for us and laying the foundation for a new beginning, regardless of our chronological age.

      Am voting this hub up, useful and interesting. Your work ethics and many of the voices inside your head from your parents are the same that were instilled in me.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You certainly have worked a lot of interesting jobs. I think that your bowling alley experience would have been the most fun as a teen. I can see how it was a dream come true for you. Love your parent's inspirational views, "Appreciate every job you have and give your best effort each and every day." Another great article filled with wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, I have no doubt, my friend, that you have the same principles that I do. Perhaps that explains our happiness today? Thank you kindly!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I have no doubt that you and I grew up with the same work ethic. That's something you can't fake; either you have it or you don't and all the self-help books in the world aren't' going to instill it in you. :) Thank you as always.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      My word, bill....you have been there, done it all and certainly have done your "time!" .....as they say.

      I relate to the depression-era parents who had a work ethic beyond compare...and luckily for us, passed it on to us, in no uncertain terms. "This is the WAY it is, kiddo!"

      It can drudge up an enormous mixture of memories and emotions when we LOOK BACK.....but when all is said and done, we can look at who we are today, where we are in our life and know that every second was an integral step in the journey... Superb reading! Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I love how you put it....an integral step in the journey! I wouldn't trade who I am today for anything, but I had to pay my dues first. I was never a very good student in school so no reason to think I would be a good student in life. LOL.....thanks buddy!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Another great job my friend! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Josh!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, anytime! Hope you are having a great day!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shucks! Don't remind me of dues. I'm in arrears!

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      Your message here is solid Bill, and your determination shines through and is inspirational, especially to young people starting out. There is so much to be gained by having a positive attitude and being willing to try anything when things are tough, for not only is it healthier to be working than doing nothing it is also character building to have a go and to do some hard yards - even if you don't particularly like the work at the time, it does pay off in the long run. Another excellent article by you, thank you for SHARING, sending my votes and best wishes to you.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Marvelous article ! Everyone should read this. My first job was selling at the concession stand at our local movie theater. What a hoot! I also was born to teach and enjoyed every minute of it. We learn so much and about ourselves from every job we work at. Thanks for an enlightening article!

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      Mei Eden 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for the great article yet again, billybuc. It's amazing how the different jobs we hold shape our lives and experiences. Personally, I feel like I had the most interesting experiences and met the most fun people in the customer service jobs I took in high school. Thanks for a great message reminding us that no matter where we are in life and what we are doing, it is worth it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, all of my days are good! The same to you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I'm right there with you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Annie! I have no regrets about the past. Each job prepared me for the next step in my life and that was necessary for me to get to this peaceful haven in which I now reside. Thank you dear lady; peace and happiness to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you and I like your last statement. We do learn about ourselves with each job. Well done my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mei Eden, I smile when I see you arrive at my site. You are becoming a very faithful follower and I hope you feel the same about me. Thank you for a great comment.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks for this hub, jobs are nice, bowling is good :) even though I am not good at it, it is still fun. Voted you up!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Yep...B.I. award. :)

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I, too, have held a lot of jobs, Bill, and I was grateful for each and every one. I learned about dental assisting from an endodontist who took a chance on me. He trained me and I can still remember the sky-high joy I experienced when my first check started out as more than we discussed due to my work performance. I worked for an orthodontist, who trained me in the specialty, along with teaching me to pour and trim the ortho models to specifications. I've worked in many offices. My first job was as a Girl Friday for a local newspaper. The editor hired me over a huge number of applicants, not because of my skills, but he was worried I'd take my mother's suggestion and join the military. He said I was "too naive and too inexperienced and I'd never make it!" I was never without a job, once with two employers offering me incentives to take their offer. The economy changed everything and for the first time I am unemployed. It was quite a blow, because I was raised like you by parents who survived the Great Depression, and believed everyone willing to keep their nose to the grindstone could make it. There was a time when that was true, with ample opportunities for those that were willing to work. But, times have changed and we either sink or swim. It keeps life exciting, that's for sure!

      Generation X is common enough it's been named! I didn't lecture my daughter, as I figured my example would be enough. But, it was not. Before my layoff, I always say I worked for my daughter. Now, I can no longer support myself and her. She is an adult. I still do far more than anyone did for me at her age, yet I cannot bear the thought of her having no food or medicine when she needs it. I didn't imagine I would lose my job and am now left facing a huge debt incurred by my daughter while I was still working and paying it off. I know there are many more like me now...in a place I never expected to be. But, as long as I am alive, I will keep trying. As Forrest Gump would say "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get." And so it goes.

      Great article, Bill, that shows your tenacity and strength.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, thank you! I'll see you at the bowling lanes soon!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I really like these. I had the greatest job in the world.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      So true, Bill. That strong work ethic used to be the norm. The economy may bring it back into vogue (or at least show people that it's wise.)

      And a varied work experience makes life more interesting, don't you think? You learn something different and valuable at every job.

      Interesting hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mhatter, what was your job that was so great?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, I do think that's true! I came away with something positive from every work experience.

      Thank you kind lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, one of the things I cherish about you is YOUR tenacity and strength. YOu just keep moving forward, one step at a time, and do what needs to be done. I understand about your daughter...welcome to my son...and Generation X needs to have their collective butts kicked into gear...and maybe this economic condition is a good thing. Who knows? I certainly don't. It's a full time job just taking care of my own business. :)

      I love having you as a friend; your comments are always worth reading and then contemplating on.

      Thank you Amy!

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      goego 4 years ago from Loserland

      Great work my friend, I too have continued to screw up and screw up and... yea you get the picture. Thanks for posting, ding ding... life is to short

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Goego, I think us screw ups are very interesting people.

      Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      You are what I call Brave Heart - you kept going on and on, never gave up, faced all challenges, most important of all you left everything and went to help your mom, you did your best in whatever job you took on - in short you are a strong man with a warm, courageous and a Brave Heart who stood the test of time.

      As you have stated - "Today I have a fine appreciation for having a job I love doing rather than having a job I need. There is a fine distinction between the two." This is very important in life. Great hub and lots of lessons that I have to learn from you.

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      GDRshop 4 years ago

      Great hub.. voting up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, that is so nice of you to say. Thank you my friend! I will try to live up to those kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you GDR; I wish you a wonderful day filled with peace and happiness!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      You don't need me to tell you how good this article was or what great life values you have. One thing I do think is that doing all those jobs gave you lots of experiences that you can share here on hub pages! I hope that among our young there are many like you. If not, we're in big, big trouble.

      A big vote up for this one.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time, thank you! I can tell from the comments that those of a certain age understand this article quite well because they have lived it and see the value in hard work. I appreciate you taking the time to visit once again.

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      My grandpa's first job was also in a bowling alley. I have two college degrees and also have had a lot of different jobs. I get restless. There came a point that I realized I would probably never have a "real job," and decided to embrace that and enjoy the journey.

      Good luck on your journey, I really enjoyed the hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patch, thank you and I admire you for embracing your journey.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      The more I get to know you, the more I love you, Bill! I had no idea you were a business owner from time to time!

      I agree, the steps you take make you who you are and make you strong, as long as you take pride in everything you do.

      I have been working since I was 15. I started at a dry cleaner, moved to Dunkin Donuts (I might actually have a hub story in that one!) worked as a dietary aid for a hospital, worked retail in boutiques, went to an employment agency in search of a banking job and was hired as a counselor for the agency instead, customer service, accounts receivable, worked in a chrome shop for motorcycle parts, transferred a law firm to computers, part-time DJ, professional TV copywriter, TV/radio/print ad copywriter/producer, accounts payable, accounting manager and now once again working towards freelance copywriting.

      We do what we have to do. The more we learn, the more we have to lean on while achieving our dreams!

      Thanx for this getting-to-know-you hub, Bill. You're amazing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I do believe we are forming a mutual admiration club with two members. :) Thank you my dear! I'm just a traveler on this path of life; I'm never bored and I'm loving every minute of the journey.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      That's nice to hear, Bill because there is certainly admiration coming to you from this end!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha....always!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's great to be able to look back and see what choices you made to lead to your current path. Great video as usual. I like the commonsense conclusion of having to do what you need to do to survive. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aurelio! I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Billy, this is a very inspirational article. I love how you state that you never gave up and just being grateful for whatever job that you were given. Wonderful advice from a wise man. Blessings!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, I was just thinking about you this morning. I hope you are well and you have found a new path. If not, and if you need to chat, feel free to get in touch with me again.

      Thank you!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I had bookmarked this hub two days back and I came by it today.... myself lost and cursing the tedious work I am doing at my internship...

      God finds his way of connecting to me and teaching me lessons at the right moments... this time it is in the form of your hub Sir William Holland.

      What an inspirational and phenomenal write this is. If this life experience cannot change a man.. from cursing the hardships of life to embracing them... i think.. nothing then in this world can really change him.

      After reading this hub I would have to say that my respect for you which already was profound has grown by leaps and bounds.

      I must also say that apart from you I will be one more person who strictly adheres to your great parents' words from now on...

      Thank you Sir William Holland for sharing a lifetime journey of real life hero...

      In Awe...,

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      It is so obvious we are almost the same age (I'm a year older). Our parents had values and appreciation for everything which they then instilled in us. I could never imagine disappointing my parents!! I was never too good for any job and gave my all at each one. Today the favorite phrase is "it's not my job!" I wonder if those still saying that even have jobs.

      Screw up...learn...move up. Seems you took full advantage of everything life threw at you and learned. You continued to move up to the wonderful person you are today. How lucky we are you chose to write!! Each of your hubs is an inspiration in one way or another. I may not be the first to read your hubs, but you know I'll be there.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, I am just a man but I thank you for your kindness. You have made an old man very happy with your words. The lessons we learn during our lifetime need to be shared with others; if not, what are they worth?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you know as well as I, that we do what we need to do. There are lessons to be learned in every undertaking. Thank you my dear Tillson friend. Have a wonderful day!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I am just a couple years younger than you and this hub made me think of my Dad that just passed away a couple of months ago. He worked at farming and fulltime in a factory most his life. Hard work was his life. Even after he retired he kept himself busy all of the time.

      I enjoyed your hub and it inspired me to work harder at what I am doing. I love to teach too, but I am writing now instead. I guess writing can be a teaching tool too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I have found that my teaching career greatly helped me in writing. Thank you for stopping by; I would have liked your dad.

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      Anoop Aravind A 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Interesting Hub...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. You are a true inspiration Bill. This was a wonderful hub and thanks for sharing. You're sure lucky to have had parents who raised you just right.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anusujith!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I am in complete agreement with you. I doubt I greatly appreciated their parenting skills when I was younger but I certainly do now. LOL...and I appreciate you as well.

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      Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Billybuc, picking up on the last comment, it is true that I realize with each passing day, more and more, just how priceless were the lessons taught by my parents too.

      You have written a wonderful hub, not only good as a story but a story that one needs to sit back and reflect upon. Times are getting more and more hard, and I wish many youngsters will read your hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sen. sush, thank you so much for your kind words and your following.

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      mzindependent 4 years ago from Texas

      Great hub, Bill. It was filled with so much wisdom and appreciation. Voted Beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mzindependent, I appreciate you stopping by.

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