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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Most all of us feel like we have the toughest job in the world, at least on some days. And, as such, we often feel everyone else in the world has an easy job. That’s just human nature.

I have had some physically grueling jobs in the past. Carrying shingles up ladders to rooftops. Wheelbarrowing concrete. Scooping hog manure. The list goes on. I was thankful to have those jobs, and I was young enough and strong enough to do them. I don’t sweat as much in my current job as I did then, at least not physically — unless the air conditioning units go down, of course.

Through my years of employment, I am convinced of one thing when it comes to evaluating how “tough” a job is. Regardless of the tasks of the job, it becomes increasingly more challenging when it involves managing other people.

Some of you may have seen the quote, “Being a manager is easy. It’s like riding a bike, except the bike is on fire, you’re on fire, everything is on fire, and you’re in hell.”

Sound familiar?

Several decades back, I was starting a company from scratch. It began with just me. Then I would build a territory and hire a sales rep… and do that again… and again… and again. I remember telling my boss how much easier it was when I simply did it all myself. “Welcome to management,” he told me. Certainly, managing people isn’t easy.

My dad and my uncle owned and operated a small business. They had employees at one point, but they ultimately decided it was easier— and more profitable — if they only took on as many customers as the two of them could handle. That worked for them. Dad gave me another great piece of advice: “If you don’t need to have a business partner, then don’t.” His point was that work decisions get more complicated when more people get involved. On the other side of the coin, I firmly believe that true growth won’t happen unless you can get others to help you achieve it.

So, like many of you, I listened to my dad… and then I did the exact opposite. Today, as we struggle to find enough people to do all the work that needs done in our company, I am beginning to comprehend Dad’s philosophy. If you also have one of the toughest jobs in the world, you may be understanding this right now, too.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be another hot one for the first day of the Fair with a high near 92. Slight rain chances move in tonight and tomorrow. It looks even hotter Saturday and Sunday, and then another slight rain chance comes our way late Monday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

From the Food Dude

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FROM KCCI: Gas prices vary across the Des Moines metro

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa motorist accused of hitting abortion rights protester

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Chris Manning took this amazing shot at the Machine Gun Kelly concert at Wells Fargo Arena on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The singer made his entrance hanging on a ladder from a "helicopter" above the audience.

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Art Gallery
1. Kunzler Studios
2. Moberg Gallery
3. Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design



Homeschooled corgi

By Jackie Wilson

Kevin the Corgi lives with his mom, Jennie Bailey, and his ragdoll cat sibling, Cobalt.
Jennie Bailey and her family once had 13 pets in their home, including a hedgehog, chameleon and a gerbil.

Today, they are down to just three pets — a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Kevin, a ragdoll cat, Cobalt, and a parrotlet.

Kevin, the corgi, is 1 year old and not quite past the energetic puppy stage. For 20 years, Bailey had Sheltie dogs. When her last dog, Darby, died, she waited about two months before obtaining another one.

... Read More From the August issue of CITYVIEW.

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why is green grass like a mouse?

Today's Riddle

Which bear is the most condescending?

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