Saturday, March 13, 2010

Simple Jobs Don't Pay Money

Employers don't pay money for simple jobs. If you're getting paid to do a job and you think it's easy, you clearly don't understand what you're doing (or you aren't that effective).

Let's take a look at driving a taxi. Is all you need is a driver's license and the ability to ask "Where are you headed?" Nope. To drive a taxi you...
    ...need to know how to get there.

    ...need to know how to process a credit card for people who don't pay in cash.

    ...need to know how to make change in a fast manner so you can get that person out the door and the next customer in.

    ...need to figure out how to carry more passengers per hour.

    ...need to figure out how to carry enough passengers to make more than the cab costs to rent.

    ...need to learn how to communicate with people who speak a different language.

    ...need to learn how to avoid traffic tickets.

    ...need to learn how to talk your way out of a traffic ticket.

    ...need to be better than every other taxi driver so that you get the good hybrid car that gets better gas mileage and saves you moolah for dinosaur juice.

    ...need to learn to carry yourself with confidence so that people tip you better for being excellent.

    ...need to learn to change a spare tire quickly so that you can get back to work...


I'm sure there's a ton of other stuff about driving a taxi I'd need to know before choosing that as a career, but I don't know what they are. Driving a taxi isn't a simple job.

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