- Feb 17, 2010
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It's always been about money and separating you from it. Any quality goods produced are just an accident.
I think you guys are totally missing the point? HB is referiing to the point at which people or a company quit doing something, because they love doing it vs. just doing it for the sake of making money.
To answer your question HB, up until the mid-late '60s most of the people working at Gibson were true artists/craftsman, who built guitars mostly by hand, and who thoroughly loved what they did, and it showed in the final product, which is why vintage guitars are so highly reguarded. Not to mention that in those times, companies actually produced products with the CUSTOMER in mind. Then in the late '60s-early '70s, the "Norlin bean-counters" came in and turned the company into a money-making machine; the only problem was, they sacrificed quality for money. Then enter 1984, when Henry J took over. Seeming as thought the company was on the vurge of financial ruin, he decided to jack up the prices of Gibson guitars above the current market-prices, just because he had the power to do so. That's pretty much it in a nutshell.
It's not things were necessarily better, but a lot more pride went to them back then.
Nowadays, many people (including myself) could only dream of getting paid to do something we actually love and can take pride in, as opposed to the usually daily grind, where the ONLY motivation is the weekly paycheck.
I'm not talking about "entitlement". I'm talking about being able to get paid to do something that you actually WANT to do (your dream job), as opposed to doing something you HAVE to do.Why do you think you deserve to be motivated by anything past a paycheck? Do you really need your job to build your sense of self esteem? It's a job, you're getting paid to do it because it's something no one would do for free. No matter what you do, the only reason they're paying you to do it is because they haven't quite perfected the machine to replace you. This sense of entitlement is exactly why companies outsource.