Hands down, without a doubt; the funniest, most entertaining, easy going, laugh a minute, fun to be around person I have ever known is Carlos Cruz.
No one ever laughed harder, or more inappropriately than the collective crowd surrounding Carlos Cruz at any given moment, except for maybe Carlos himself.
My sense of humor has always been described as “dry.” I have no idea what that means, but if that is true, then Carlos’s sense of humor must be dripping “Wet.”
We could not be more different in terms of our styles of humor. And that is why I always secretly thought we could of been a smash comedy team. The reinvention of Abbot and Costello, or at least Farley and Spade. I would obviously be the straight man. And Carlos would just be hilarious.
So the whole reason I am endeavoring to do this 40 for 40 is because I did not complete my planned 30 for 30 before my 30th birthday. I had started a count down from 30 about 6 weeks from my birthday and made it to #23 before the whole project was completely abandoned and forgotten. The reason it was abandoned was I got a job. It was my first real job.” I know I was almost 30 and never had a real job? Yeah, the truth be told I had been in and out of school so often through my 20’s that I had never had the time or opportunity to move into anything more than entry level employment. I had worked my way through grad school doing the graveyard shift at a hote, get off at 7am, and then I’d race to class or my internship by 8am. Before that I worked as a janitor at the school, or I worked Security swing shift (I know, me, working security, it doesn’t make sense. I couldn’t believe they actually hired me. I was totally riot fodder). I tried selling cars for a very short period of time. I worked a summer at the book bindery. You see my undergraduate college education was about 1 thing and 1 thing only and I will exhaust you with that story in the Future. But the point is I didn’t have any career Plans or aspirations until after grad school.
So my first real J.O.B. was when I started as a counselor at Boys and Girls Town of Missouri on February 28th, 2011.
An executive, be it a ceo, a principal, a nonprofit director or any other top person in charge, usually fullfills 2 main responsibilities...
1 is to Enforce Policy so that it is followed throughout the agency.
2 is to Bring in New Money. Fundraise, negotiate new contracts, solicit donations, find new revenue streams, etc.
So when I think of it that way, sales and discipline, it sounds awful.
Does this apply to being president of the United States? I always hear that there is no real job description for president, but at the same time we think executive experience is one of the top qualifications for the job.
Does the president enforce laws? I guess that is what signing a bill means.... The president is accepting the obligation for the government to enforce the new law.
Does the president make the country money? Republicans must thinks so, because that has basically been every republican politician's entire platform ever. More money will solve most republican problems (except for the moral issues, like abortion and marriage). There are trade agreements and embargoes and tariffs and what not, but is getting new money a real objective of a president? If you think of it for any country other than the USA the answer is definitely yes, be it humanitarian aid or just opening up new markets. It only seems less of an issue in America because we have had the world’s dominant economy for a while. However, it does take effort to stay on top.
So there it is. Even after all our years of work towards equality of the sexes and woman occupying more corporate leadership positions, the model for high level executives is expected to be disciplinarian and breadwinner, straight out of classic male stereotype gender roles from the 50’s.
The most important, highest valued, most acclaimed, esteemed and top compensated job is being a "Dad."
Happy Fathers Day!
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