Tonawanda News — They’ve taken resume-writing classes that teach how to spin a success story from failure, and they’re steeped in enough irony so that anything can sound like something else, what the old timers considered “silver linings.”
Except perhaps for a wedding day, no one expects anything to run perfectly. Home telephones have a former luxury feature, the speakerphone, so the phone owner can accomplish something while he or she is on hold. You’re expected to work, or at least devote brainpower, to the job even when not at work, which is why a few minutes dedicated to personal matters while on the job tends to be acceptable.
You make connections. You carry a copy of your resume in your pocket at all times.
Drop or get dropped today, pick up something new tomorrow, or maybe later today. You do not work for (insert company name here), you work for yourself and hire your skills out to (insert soon-to-be-taken-over company here), and you reside in a society that expects constant upgrades to your capabilities.
Furthermore, like in sports or the arts, someone’s always coming up younger faster cheaper, so you stay on your toes, with your mind and eyes open. Take a day off if you’re tired, then get back into the mix.
It can be a hectic, frantic, tightrope-walk of a way to get through life, but many these days find it attractive, or at least preferable, to what they saw their parents or grandparents do. While I arrive on the battlefield with a few advantages, like a paid-up college education, and some liabilities, like a gray beard and no understanding of why people think Will Ferrell funny, I can see the attraction in this sort of lifestyle.
Someone must be teaching self-confidence, or the workforce is obtaining it behind doors that were formerly closed to me. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and those armed with it seem to love prowling the terrain, regarded as dangerous.