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8 Responses to “A Big Enough Why

  1. George Hepburn says:


    Good writing. I love my workers. I love work . Being industrious is critical to every organization and each worker much be industrious to acheive the best outcomes. That is why I can have 15 people effectively reporting to me because I hold them to a standard of self-actualization in being not only industrious, but also accountable to me, themselves and the rest of the workforce for contributing heavily to the growth and prosperity of the organization .

    I do however, take some exception to the broad brush approach that an executive who plays golf in the afternoon must be doing a disservice to the rest of his colleagues and the industriousness, or capacity to be industrious in the business.

    I would agree with you in early stage business development that golf in the afternoon is forbidden if you want to get something good accomplished. That’s why I did not play more than 3 times per year for the first 25 years of my work life.

    If an executive grooms his people proeprly, then by succession the next layer of developed colleagues can take the mantle and gradually continue the spectrum of industriuosness and creativity within the ranks . Maybe this notion applies more to owners than executives who have to be avaialble all day to their co-workers.

    Harold Geneen who ran ITT Corporation in its hey-day from 1959 through 1979 wrote a little paperback book I purchased many years ago entitled, “Managing” . He had several chapters I thoroughly modeled myself after, or at least tried to. One thing he did point out was that the executive needed to be avaialble to his employess all day long. That’s why he worked late into the night many days( which I did for 20 years as well) , so that he could do the creative side of his work uninterrupted . He made himself available to his people during the day.

    I see your point . Owners need to be avaialble too but at some point in time, others have to step up and carry the load. If not , the organization will eventually die. All companys either are growing or dying. I intend to keep Dynasplint growing–and if our work is God honoring–I think He will help me do that.

  2. David Greusel says:

    Mike, I would like to humbly offer this quote from the esteemed theologian (and Negro Leagues great) Buck O’Neil:

    “Love what you do. Uh-huh. Simple as that. Love what you do in life, whether that be shoemaking, lawyering, writing, waiting tables, selling, doctoring, dishwashing, teaching, playing ball, mothering, fathering, policing, engineering, truckdriving, searching for the cure to cancer, firefighting, scouting, tailoring, filmmaking, etcetera, etcetera. Doesn’t matter how much money you make. Doesn’t matter the per capita income of your neighborhood. I have known bellhops who were happier and a lot better off than chairmen of the board. Love what you do. Take pride in it, take joy in it, and you’ll live longer.”

  3. Dan Hall says:

    Mike, I don’t know how you have something to make us think to put on here week after week, but it’s great 🙂 Thanks for posting!

    Dan 🙂

  4. Mike Metzger says:

    David: Thank you. Love really does make the world go ’round.

    George: You might be the exception that proves the rule. Charles Murray cites studies showing how successful white collar workers feel entitled after a certain age – so they play afternoon golf and take extended vacations. Blue collar can’t afford this, so they seek an escape from their toils. Murray says they watch TV. Entitlement and escape both indicate a loss of industriousness.

    This topic of industriousness raises a few more questions, especially for Christians. They are questions that I’m not well prepared to answer. For instance, for believers who claim to follow the Bible, how many work six days a week and sabbath for only one day? That’s what God commanded. And look the trend. For most of human history people worked seven days a week. Only with Constantine’s conversion to Christ did he introduce a six-day workweek, making Sunday a day for sabbath. Still, up until the 1800s most workers worldwide worked seven days a week – and never retired. What are Christians to make of the recent idea of retirement (an idea seemingly at odds with scripture and industriousness) as well as the American introduction of the five-day workweek in the 20th century? If we are to love work, and be industrious, what is the present toward toward fewer working hours – a trend affecting even Christians – telling us?

  5. brody bond says:

    “Work is love made visible.” – Kahil Gibran

    Full poem “On Work” is here:

  6. Jeremy says:

    Romance is key, and the term also connotes “adventure,” as in the bildungsroman (adventure in culture or coming of age through apprenticeship). As someone who works with urban youth, this sense of adventure and accomplishment is the primary impetus for industriousness.

  7. Barnabas says:

    More than earthen vessels that fit in a box

  8. Daniel Turski says:

    A fantastic post. Very well-written, and well-assembled.

    I used it in my post, today:

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