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Rewarding Hustle

I always make sure I have some cash on hand to pay the neighborhood kids to shovel snow after a storm, and Nemo was no exception.

Am I wealthy enough to afford to pay people for all my household chores?


Am I so damn lazy that I have to others do it?


One of the many ways that I paid my way through school was shoveling snow. As soon as the snow would stop, I'd be out there with my shovel, knocking on doors and pitching the satisfaction of a clean walkway or driveway for only a few dollars.

But that wasn't all that I did to pay my way through school.

I was also the Easter Bunny, a McDonald's crew member, Santa Claus (until the local Mom's complained that I was too short, then I was demoted to Elf), house framer, landscaping laborer, Kentucky Friend Chicken team member, bartender, waiter and probably a hundred other things.

Most importantly, I've been an entrepreneur who printed and sold novelty t-shirts, organized ski trips and pitched advertising. (At age eight, I started my own Detective Agency. That was short lived.)

Today, I'm still pitching people in my role as an entrepreneur (though there isn't as much physical labor involved) and I know the value of finding someone who wants what I have to offer.

I want to say "Yes" to young people because I know how often people say "No." 

I don't see enough hustle in my day-to-day experiences with young people and when I do, I want to reward it. I want to encourage these young entrepeneurs.

Sure, I ask for a lot when these kids come knocking on my door (I have a long driveway, walkway, etc.) but I also pay well and usually give them food and water while they're busting their asses to clear my property.

If they do a good job, more often than not, I'll ask them to come back after the next storm - though few of them do. Apparently I haven't done enough to instill the value of a repeat customer in these kids.

That'll my next contribution.

Do you reward hustle when you see it?

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Totally agree with your philosophy. What was so surprising was that there were far fewer kids out yesterday trying to dig cars out than I expected. I could blamed potential legal liability exposure or something- but I think it's just a change in what is expected from kids today.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterace bhattacharjya
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