Business Rants

Ranting about Utica’s Future, Redux

  • June 2, 2015

I feel maybe I should add some clarification to last night’s blog rant.

See, what chaps me is people around here seem content to passively wait around for the Job Fairy to bring jobs to the area—not just any jobs, but well-paying ones that you apparently don’t need special skills to qualify for. That fails on two counts:

  1. You’re waiting for “someone else” to fix your problem.
  2. No one is going to pay you “good money” if you can’t do the kind of work that pays that.

Then when someone actually does make things happen that could bring good jobs here, they bitch and moan because they’re not jobs they can qualify for. Again, that fails, and here are two reasons why:

  1. What did you do to help bring those jobs here?
  2. What have you done for yourself to make you qualified for a “good” job?

I got involved in a Facebook thread last night where I made some of these points, and that Utica needs to become populated by people who can “fill the bill” and someone asked “what about the rest of Utica?” To that I say: what about them? What have they done to make themselves part of the solution? Do these people think they are going to just exist doing the same-old while the city grows around them so they can reap the benefits?

Think again. If you’re not willing to advance yourself to fit into the new growth then you can expect to be replaced by those who are. Adapt or perish.

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