One of the things that I am most thankful for is that our products and our business model appeal to and benefit so many people in so many places. Every time I think about this, it “reminds me of a story.”
Over the last 50 years, I’ve met some very interesting and unusual individuals with some very interesting and unusual occupations. A few come immediately to mind. A chiropractor whose favorite patient was a duck. Another chiropractor who specialized in adjusting bulls at artificial insemination farms. A fruit fly feeder, a professional bow and arrow carp shooter, a certified gourdologist – who certifies a gourdologist.?
Where’s “What’s my line?” when we need it?
However, my most memorable experience with unusual occupations came in a small town outside of Gainesville, Georgia, when that part of North Georgia was the self-anointed “Broiler Capital of the World”, as in chicken.
I had made a successful sales call and was filling out a credit application. After getting the couples’ name and address, I came to the section on occupation and income.
“Where do you work, sir?” I asked.
“Jessie Jewel,” he replied.
“Is that the chicken processing plant?”
“What is your occupation?”
“I’m a catcher.”
“Oh!” I said somewhat surprised. “I didn’t know they had a baseball team.”
“No,” he laughed, “I’m a chicken catcher.”
“Chicken catcher?” I said with as straight a face as possible, “Can you give me an approximation of earnings?”
“Four dollars and seventy-five cents a thousand,” he replied with obvious pride.
My spirits immediately sagged. Based on my prior chicken catching experience – about one per morning – he had no chance of qualifying for credit and my sale just flew the coop. But before I could try to pack up and leave gracefully, he continued.
“I know that sounds like a lot,” he said, “but it ain’t as easy as it looks. As long as the lot’s full, I’ve got the best job down there, but late of an evening when they start getting thin on me I work for my money.”
I finished the application – which incidentally passed with flying colors – and I came away with a valuable lesson.
Since then, I’ve always tried to look at life’s lot as being full. I think as long as I keep looking at it that way, I’ll catch more than my share and I’ll have the best job down here.