Charles Payne

Should I be a Ferryboat Captain?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:

A. Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
B. Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
C. Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

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Last Friday, I hurried into the eatery on the ground floor of Fox News, and saw a long line in front of the food area where you place your order. I knew right away that there was a problem. I grabbed a yogurt and a couple bottles of water, and headed to the register. I asked if the main grill guy was out, but the scene ahead answered that. I have watched this short-order chef work magic on the grill morning after morning, not only serving up great hot grub, but also moving food items around in a way that gets everyone in and out in a flash.

In his absence, three guys attempted to fill-in and work in tandem but could not get the job done, (there is no app for that). Now, in this day and age of tepid job recovery and sky-high college tuition, much has been made about young people skilling a higher education and learning a trade. While it is true, you cannot outsource a plumber, it is also true that the greatest job growth in areas with the fattest paychecks will require a college education.

However, the aspect missing from this debate is a lot deeper. I think the issue at hand, is that there are people who work hard and have pride in what they do at their jobs in order to earn a living. While an overwhelming majority of people dislike what they do; there was a time when unhappy workers did not allow a position or frustration to compromise their pride and professionalism. Now, doing a lousy job can be a badge of honor, and no longer a source of embarrassment. Maybe this was inevitable as artisans lost their jobs to conveyer belts and modern manufacturing. Perhaps, a disconnect occurs from pushing buttons rather than hammering things out.

Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.