This may seem a truism to some, but we’ve been noticing specific examples lately that show that rich people like to work. They enjoy it. They revel in it.
Everybody from our neighbors across the street in the big house with the big, manicured yard and many cars parked in the driveway to Carly Fiorina. Yes, Carly – our tough lady from yesterday’s post! Yay!
Go Carly Fiorina! We just learned she’s been invited to be in the next major Republican debate. CNN caved in to … wait for it … tweets from Donald Trump and Ben Carson. So much for Republicans beating up on each other. It is just SOME of them. Ahem. Note: not all news stories are mentioning that little fact.
We also have learned that Ms. Fiorina is a native of Texas, which explains a LOT about her. In IFO’s former home town, there were three women who were Texas natives. Their toughness and their contributions to the town were and are legendary.
Our neighbors both work at day jobs and are raising two daughters. They have four raised garden beds in the front yard where they are producing huge vegetable crops, plus apple trees in the little orchard next to it. Plus, kiwi vines next to their swimming pool in the back yard.
As you can see, they work hard and play hard. Their girls are involved in some school sport that involves sticks and a net on the ground.
“One time I didn’t sleep for four days straight,” said Dina Vaccari, who joined in 2008 to sell Amazon gift cards to other companies and once used her own money, without asking for approval, to pay a freelancer in India to enter data so she could get more done. “These businesses were my babies, and I did whatever I could to make them successful.”
Well, that’s what the NYT story said. But Dina Vaccari had much more to say. Her quasi-rebuttal story was in LinkedIn, a jobs site owned by … Amazon! Vaccari no longer works for Amazon, but she clearly still loves the company. Her story, linked above is really worth reading.
We have a friend who knows lots of Amazon people and he confirms the work ethic there. But he suspects that the article may have been an outgrowth of fear and loathing at the NYT brought on by Jeff Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post! He could be right!
IFO had a job like that about 15 years ago, but that company didn’t have a genius like Jeff Bezos running it. It was a business news website, built on the model developed by American City Business Journals. But company founders were more focused on news than income. Sigh. Went bankrupt in 2001.
But before that, IFO had more fun and worked harder and made more money than she ever had before or has since. It’s a thrill you can’t describe unless you’ve been in the middle of it. It’s the Game of Careers writ large: Stars! Hearts! Money!