Blue Collar and Proud of It - Excerpt and Giveaway!

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Blue Collar and Proud of It: The All-in-One Resource for Finding Freedom, Financial Success, and Security Outside the Cubicle by Joe Lamacchia (420 p, HCI Books, ISBN-10: 075730778)

About the Book: Joe Lamacchia found personal and professional success as the owner of a thriving landscaping company outside Boston. He created BlueCollarandProudofIt.com, a resource for people who want to find fulfilling work. Blue-collar workers build and maintain our bridges, keep our cars running, fix our plumbing, and provide vital services to every home—what Lamacchia calls “necessary jobs.”

Blue Collar & Proud of It: The All-In-One Resource for Finding Freedom, Financial Success, and Security Outside the Cubicle provides critical information needed to pursue a stable, enjoyable, well-paying job that makes a difference. Whether you’re just out of high school, have been a victim of downsizing, or are looking for a new direction, Lamacchia explains all the options, outlines the necessary training, and delivers real-world examples of people who have made their own way in the blue-collar world.

Book Excerpt:

INTRODUCTION

In case you haven’t guessed from the title of this book, I am blue collar and proud if it. I love to dig in the dirt, can’t sit still, and totally enjoy being outside all day long. I run a million-dollar landscaping business outside of Boston in an upscale suburb. I worked my way up the ladder; have five children, a beautiful house, and a wonderful wife; and I enjoy taking vacations with my family. I read the Wall Street Journal religiously and as many books as I can, and most of my TV watching consists of the National Geographic Channel and business shows.

For years I’ve been watching as my kids and other youngsters are told by their teachers and their guidance counselors that if they don’t go to college, they won’t succeed. I didn’t go to college, even though my family expected me to go. Frankly, I wouldn’t have made it to graduation, and I know I would have hated it. I respect college and the people who go, but for some reason, our society has a hard time accepting that college simply isn’t for everyone. I love learning and I haven’t stopped learning, but college isn’t the only way to learn.
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In July 2003, I started a website called BlueCollarandProudofIt.com because I was tired of watching guidance counselors, teachers, parents, and society in general push thousands of kids out of high school and into college, while many of them went kicking and screaming. I’ve watched as they went off to schools with no direction and no interest. Inevitably they started feeling worse about themselves in college—all while accumulating huge amounts of debt from the loans they took out to pay for their schooling. Consider that the average cost of college in 2008, including room and board, for in-state students at a four-year state institution was $14,203, according to the U.S.Census Bureau. And if you were headed to a private university, the average annual price tag was $38,400. Then, just think, if you drop out, you still owe that money, plus you have to start over and figure out what you want to do. That’s a lot of money, especially if you’re unsure of why you’re borrowing it in the first place.

I want more people to think about the alternatives and realize that you can be proud about going into a trade. A blue-collar career can be a choice that you feel good about as opposed to a fallback option. This is why I started my website: to provide some wisdom and encouragement and to add a different voice to the chorus of people who will tell you what to do with your life. This book persuades you to follow your own personal desires and tells you how to get the education or training you need, which might not be the education your parents and teachers are pushing you to get.

I’ve been amazed at how many people have e-mailed me from all over North America, excited to know that someone is advocating for them. I’ve heard from teachers who are happy to hear someone say that we should be proud of the kids who choose to make something of themselves in the trades, and I’ve heard from students who are afraid to tell their parents they don’t want to go to college. I’ve heard from adults who spent years in the white-collar world only to ultimately find their passion in blue-collar work.
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Wall Street jobs sound sexy and being a lawyer is impressive, but what if it’s not for you? There are incredible jobs available with amazing potential, challenging opportunities, and great pay. President Barack Obama has laid out a plan to create 2.5 million new jobs by January 2011, largely through rebuilding roads and bridges and refurbishing and modernizing schools across the country. In Los Angeles alone, a recent tax change was approved to fund a $1.2 billion overhaul of the city’s deteriorating commuter rail,Metrolink. These are all blue-collar jobs waiting to happen. What’s more, the renewable or alternative energy industries are estimating the creation of anywhere from 3 to 10 million new jobs in the next ten years.

Blue-collar workers built the United States, and we continue to build and rebuild it every day. We fix it, move it, and keep it operational twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We are the glue that holds the community together, the people you call when your car breaks, your roads are full of potholes, and your faucet is leaking.

We are America’s backbone, and we are proud of it.

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JoeyfromSC said...

I would love to win this book!! The story is fascinating and so true!

I have had some college, but you don't have to have a degree to succeed!

Thanks for the chance!

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Lisanne624 said...

I work at a community college with a wide range of program offerings, and I think this book would be very inspirational to some of our students who don't plan to go on to earn a 4 year degree.

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