I used to think that trade workers and people who worked as HVAC technicians or plumbers or electricians weren’t nearly as smart as people who worked in finance or offices or careers like that.
- I don’t know where I got that idea, unless it was because of the way that those people were always portrayed on TV shows a lot of the time.
Most of the time, people who were cast as blue collar workers would have to play the parts of bumbling doofuses while the ones who worked in cushy office jobs would always seem to be smarter. Watching shows like that when I was a child must have really affected my perception of people like HVAC technicians. However, now that I am an adult, I see that all of those things just weren’t true. These days, I realize that the trade workers and service workers who do jobs like Working on cars or fixing air conditioning systems or furnaces are really a whole lot smarter than I am. Most of those guys probably don’t have a college degree the way that I do, but I would have to say that I really feel inadequate when I’m around one of them. It just seems like they are very secure in their knowledge of their trades and it makes me feel likeI don’t know anything at all! I wish that I had not had the feelings of superiority about trade workers back when I was a kid, but those have definitely changed now that I am older. Now I realize that they are just as smart as me, and most of them are probably even smarter!