I’ve been at work for the last 4 hours doing absolutely nothing. Which is typical. So, I’ve been trying to read every blog on the Manosphere. I have about 5 that I read regularly, mostly because a lot of blogs are blocked by my politically correct work server. Those that aren’t blocked are naturally my at-work reading choices. Mine gets blocked pretty regularly and I have to go back and remove some F-bombs from my posts.
Well, 2 posts I read today have inspired me to write a few things. I always give credit where credit is due, so my thoughts on learning a trade were inspired by Bill Powell.
I see men every day complaining about how they cannot find a job. “No one will give me a job.” “There’s no jobs to be had.” You know the drill.
I find this incredible annoying and offensive. These men don’t want jobs, they want positions. They are looking for some kind of white collar job where they stay in the air conditioning and dress nice. I say, forget that.
I find myself basically begging “men” to take one of the plentiful jobs I know of. Several companies hire unskilled labor off the street for 12-15 dollars an hour. There are such jobs available at my company. They get really excited when I tell them that, until they ask me what the job entails.
“Well, you start off at the bottom. You spend a lot of time cleaning machines with a fire hose, shoveling dirt, opening and closing big ass valves by hand, running around checking temperatures of equipment, and basically whatever the higher-ups tell you to do. But, within 2 years you will be making around 20/hr and a few years after that you will be sitting in front of a bank of computer monitors controlling the whole place while the new guys do the running around.”
You can imagine the response.
“Like….manual labor? Working outside? That doesn’t really sound like my kind of thing. Not really up my alley. It sounds hard. I wish I made a shit-ton of money like you though. I just can’t find a job.”
WTF. You know why it’s hard to find white collar desk jobs? Because that’s the market being flooded by women. And I have no problem with that. It’s women’s work. Those jobs generally pay very little. They are mind-numbingly dull and anyone can do them.
Have some pride in yourself as a Man. Get a mans job. Seriously, companies are hiring Electricians, Welders, Millwrights, Crane Operators, Pipe Fitters, Boiler Makers, etc like crazy. As men moan and whine about the lack of jobs, industrial sites around the country are running on skeleton crews because they cannot find anyone to do the work. I get insane amounts of overtime because, even though we start off electricians at over 25/hr, we just can’t fill the slots.
Learn a trade. You don’t have to go to college. You don’t even have to go to a tech school/trade school unless you want to. I didn’t learn my trade at a school. I took a job as an “electrician’s helper” for 7 bucks an hour. A helper is the guy who digs the ditches for the pipe/wire to go in. A helper is the one who carries the real electrician’s tool bag and fetches things for him. A helper does whatever the hell the electrician tells him to do. Is it a little demeaning? Some might think so. But in return for being a helper, fetcher and servant you receive knowledge, skills, and a paycheck. That’s far from being a raw deal, in my opinion.
I dealt with it, I did my best. I went from there to a wire puller, to a conduit runner, to a cable terminator. Within 18 months I was considered a journeyman electrician at 17/hr. They paid me to learn my trade. In my opinion, that is a lot better than paying 10 grand a year for college.
If you are a man who cannot find a job, my advice to you is check the oilfields, the local contractors, and major construction companies. Or (and I hate to say this because I hate unions) go to the local trade union hall and sign up for an apprenticeship program. Stop whining and get a mans job. If you learn to do something hard that takes power, you need not fear about a woman beating you out of your job. I also firmly recommend going the Industrial route rather than the Commercial or Residential route. If anyone wants to hear my reasoning behind that, let me know.
My next thought was on a review of Jack Donovan’s book Way of Men. The review was written over at Freedom Twenty-Five. Frost talks about having a gang, and how important it is. He talks about finding other like-minded individuals and motivating each other. Become allies, push each other, help each other. He gives his own gang of seven fellow hard working men as examples.
I completely agree that Men need a group of like-minded Men. Men who have your back, and you have theirs in return. Men who will push you towards your goals, not accept your BS excuses and rationalizations.
The thing is….where the hell is a Man supposed to find these guys? My friends from High School all got married and their wives don’t give them permission to even talk to me, much less make the 600 mile trip out here to chill with me. And when I go back to my hometown, none of my old boys are available.
I have met very few motivated, ambitious, hard-ass, driven Men in my new location. The men I work with are generally intelligent, cool guys but they are married with bossy wives. Not exactly the ones you pick for a crew. Not to mention almost all the men in my trade are 10-30 years older than me. As I said earlier, young men just aren’t attracted to the trades anymore. All that hard work for high pay is repulsive.
I would welcome input from any of my readers on ways to find Men locally to recruit for a crew. I will be ordering Donovan’s book The Way of Men. Perhaps there are insights within those pages. I have been seriously considering joining a Masonic Lodge. If anyone has any positive or negative thoughts on that, let me hear them.
Dr’s Orders: If you have never done it before, grow something. Even if it’s one bell pepper plant or one tomato plant, just give it a shot. I am new to this food-growing thing and I love it. For quite a while I thought that no seed I planted would ever grow, so I was delighted the other day to find turnip and tomato seedlings rising from the soil. I planted those bastards over a week ago! There is a calm joy to be found in growing food for yourself. Give it a shot. I am going to stop buying seedlings and grow everything from seed, now that I know I can.