I can’t claim the title of this post as a quote of mine. This one is from my father a highly successful business executive, and later in life, a business owner. I do feel like I know where to point to when I note my own lack of “blue collar” genes. As an IT sales person and a 15 year small business owner (as a science photo agent), I cannot point to my resume and find any shades of blue. The fact that I can point to a resume definitely rules me out as a “no collar”!
I have long made my living with my mouth and my brain. I have spent the better part of 23 years running a business, or selling in an office environment. Until as recently as 2 years ago, I had never built something(successfully), grown something, moved things, or embraced the manual labor world. No issue with it, it just wasn’t my thing as many of my friends could tell you. If I look back at Season 30: World’s Apart, where contestants were divided into 3 tribes based on their work background or lack thereof… tt is hard to say that I related to any of the white collar folks. I feel like they lacked the personable sales executive (this is what I believe I am). A real people person. Closest to this I would say was Carolyn. She had some personality and had a successful game. In a hyper environment where cast members are identified by collar type, I think it intensifies the stereotypes. Blue people become the loudest form of themselves, and I imagine I would play right into the conflict that creates. No collar people become…well…they are what they are. Don’t understand them so I will not try to sum them up here. I respect blue collar workers…don’t want to switch colors, but I can respect people that work that hard each and everyday.
At the end of the day, I know who I am. I own it and I rather like it (whether other people like it or not is another story). Blue collar folks work hard. It is the working hard AND working smart that I think defines the white collar. I would say that as a white collar I think outside the box, and a blue collar tends to try simply to move the box. Applying this to the game of Survivor, I believe I approach a challenge by observing and listening to the instructions. However I tend to think of other ways to complete the needed tasks or to be successful. Most people tend to follow the “rules” where I look at the needed outcome and try to think of creative and more efficient ways to achieve these goals. Don’t get me wrong, I think I am plenty tough(again, I THINK). I am not afraid to mix it up with anyone, but I will find an advantage…I always do. I hope this doesn’t offend anyone as I truly appreciate all you bring to the world….and I may need your vote!