Why are skilled trades always looked down on?  We always say that we want our kids to do what makes them happy; to follow their passion.  But only if that includes college.  Why is that?

In this episode, I talk about

  • Teaching skilled trades
  • The college caveat
  • What Does Fulfillment Mean?


94 Year Old Woman Gets Her Degree


Hello everyone. Welcome to the path to 1 million. This is episode one oh six. I am actually broadcasting this from my house being in here. I took this a weekend off to enjoy some some nice time with Sherry who flew out here and visited me and it was really nice. Anyways speaking of which, this morning, Sherry and I had breakfast with my friends, chuck and Jenine. Chuck and Jenine are both retired school teachers. I was telling them about my housing project that I’ve been working on and I told them, I said, you know, I said it’s a real shame that when I was younger I didn’t, I didn’t pay more attention to how to do things like be able to swing a hammer or for that matter, you know, how to do any electrical work or to do any kind of plumbing because my dad really was Kinda like a jack of all trades when it came to that stuff.

I remember that at one point in time my dad wanted to have a garage built on the side of our house and we got some bids from like three or four different contractors. Ultimately my dad decided to build a garage on his own. And somehow he just magically knew what to do every step of the way as far as building the garage and installing like the beams, running the electrical and doing all that work. It was like amazing how he knew how to do all this stuff and I didn’t know anything and I really didn’t pay attention to it cause I really wasn’t interested in that. And probably at that time my thinking was that, you know, why in the world would I even bother paying attention to this because you know, I’m going to go to college and become an engineer. Why in the world would I ever want to do any of this?

So I’m telling them this story and chuck, Janine tell me that one of the things that checked in anyways, back in high school, one of the things that he taught was shop class and he made a comment to me about how the school did away with shop class. Like completely like there is no such thing as any kind of like industrial arts anymore. Electrical, plumbing, welding, all that stuff wasn’t being taught anymore. It was booted out the door in favor of computers. And of course everybody is, you know, promoting going to college because apparently if you have any brains in your head, you go to college rather than do something else. And to me, I felt to me I did not think that’s a very accurate story. The reason why is because for a number of years diploma that I used, his name was Jeff Oliver’s a really great guy, really talented guy.

Did Not ever take advantage of me. Cause when I called him up and said usually cause I had plumbing problems. But one day when I called Jeff Up, he said, my son is actually doing the plumbing work now. So give him a call. And his son’s name is Chris. So I gave Chris a call and talk to him on the phone and told him, I said, yeah, I said I need a new garbage disposal installed and a couple of other things, things I didn’t know how to do. It probably could’ve figured out how to do them, but it would take me like two or three days to figure out how to install it. Anyways, Chris shows up at my door and my jaw hits the floor cause he’s like 25 years old if that.

But Jeff vouched for him said Chris knew everything that he knew. So I said okay, Chris [inaudible] and Chris did all the plumbing work that needed to be done. Wrote them a check for, you know, 300 bucks or whatever it was. And I had to ask him when he was walking out the door, I said, aren’t you interested at all in, you know, like going to college and getting a degree? Cause it’s still shocked me. He’s 25 years old and he’s plumbing and he’s been working on plumbing projects with his dad forever. So I’m just like, you know what, am I going to college or anything else like that? And he kind of looks at me and he just smiles. He goes, why in the world would I go to college and get a degree? I love being a plumber.

I am making more money than my friends who went to college at an all buried in 75 a hundred thousand dollars worth of debt. They’re making it like a third of the money that I am. I get to create my own schedule, work whenever I want. I’m making good money. And with the help of my dad, my plumbing business is growing like crazy. And recently I contacted him to do some plumbing work. Chris needed some more plumbing work done and he said, oh well, you know, my girlfriend and I are getting married. I’m going to be a on a honeymoon for three weeks. I’m thinking to myself, good grief, who goes on vacation for three weeks? While it occurred to me a plumber does, cause really at the end of the day, unless something really changes with the human race, I think human beings are still going to have to go to the bathroom.

We’re still gonna have to shower. So we’re going to need plumbing. And you know what, if we got plumbing, we’re going to need plumbers to be able to do that. You know, and this is, you know, same with electrical. When I hit a switch on the wall, the electricity’s gotta turn on. So with that being said, you know, I do have to give a hat tip to micro, you know, with the micro foundation, you know, providing scholarships for kids to learn the skilled trades. And he’s all the time on TV talking about how there’s a severe shortage of plumbers and electricians, welders, things like that in the marketplace. And it always surprises me that, you know, we live in a world where we’re always telling people all you need to do, what makes you happy. You need to find that one thing that makes you happy and do that. You need to follow your passion as long as it involves going to college.


And that to me just has never felt right. It has never set right. You know, if you’re going to tell people to follow their passion, let them follow their passion, no matter where that goes. And you know what if they become a plumber and they do that for 10 years and they decide they don’t like it, big deal. So now they’re 30 years old and they decide to go back to college. G start like a 30 year old has never gone back to college before and changed their mind. Reading an article the other day, this lady is 84 years old. She always dreamed about getting a degree. So boom, she’s off to college now getting a degree, you know, it’s, it’s just absolutely awesome. So I really think that at the end of the day, and I say this with everything, whether you’re running a business, pursuing a career, whatever it is he doing, you need to find what works for you.

Ultimately at the end of the day. And I think some people out there just, you know, they spend a little more time searching than others. When I graduated from high school, I was determined that I absolutely wanted to be an aerospace engineer. That’s all I wanted to be. That’s all I dreamed about. That’s all I thought about. You know, I was, I dreamed that I would live in Seattle and that I would own a Delorean and I became an aerospace engineer. And I did that for, you know, a number of years. And then at one point in time I said, you know, I’m Kinda done being an engineer, you know, there’s a whole world out there for me to explore. And I, I just wanted to learn more about it and to do more things and to live the, the live the kind of life that I envisioned. So, you know, and I think at the end of the day when you tell people to follow their creativity, your passion, there’s, there’s certain level of fulfillment that people need to have.

You know, when they pick a certain career, you know, are you really, you know, are you impacting other people in a positive way? You know, in a very meaningful way. You know, I would much rather have, you know, if I was going to get surgery, open heart surgery, I’d much rather have a doctor who was full of passion for what he was doing versus somebody who just came in and said, yeah, the only reason why I’m doing this is because my parents made me do it, man. Give me the passion that guy any day of the week. You know, I was reading earlier today on some followup material, Tony robins said something that really struck me. He said, success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.

And that really hurt. That really did cause at the end of the day, you have to feel like what you’re doing matters no matter what it is. And it’s something that you’re not only do for you but a gift that you can give to others as well.

So at the end of the day, if we’re going to tell people you need to do what makes you passionate, there needs to be no caveats, no asteriks, nothing in the fine print, just go do and what makes you happy? Because from my standpoint, especially with working on my housing project, I would much rather have people who are passionate who if they say, hey, I will be there Sunday at four o’clock to be a goal, to give you a quote, I want them to be at my house Sunday four o’clock give me a quote because they’re so passionate about what they do versus the people who just blow me off cause trust me, there’s a lot of contractors out there who do do that.

Anyways, just wanted to share that with you. Some thoughts that were rattling around in my head. I hope you guys are having an awesome Labor Day weekend. I like I said, I know this one is going out late today, but I just wanted to chat with you guys anyways about the conversation to have this morning. So thank you all for stopping by. Thank you, Matt, for the likes. I hope you’re doing really well and I will talk to you guys again tomorrow. I’ll see you then. Have a good night. Bye.