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September 4, 2018
A row of hard hats hanging on a red wall outside with a quote by Sophocles

The Meaning and Honor of Work

Happy post-Labor Day — although if you’re an entrepreneur, solopreneur, or small business owner like myself, maybe you didn’t have yesterday off. Either way, most of us are back in the thick of work today, so I hope it’s been an easy transition, whether you were at work or play yesterday. Over the past few days, you may have seen a social media dust-up about someone who tried to shame actor Geoffrey Owens, most known for his role on The Cosby Show. Someone snapped photos of him working at Trader Joe’s in New Jersey, as if to say, wow, look how far he’s fallen. What happened next was remarkable and heartening. I saw so many people on Twitter come to Owens’s defense, like this tweet of a random act of kindness Owens and his wife did for a then college student. Other famous actors opened up about their day jobs, like Mike Colter who was on the TV show The Good Wife, but he had to wait tables to make ends meet. Even the actors’ union, SAG-AFTRA, tweeted support for Owens and many other creatives like him. This morning, Owens spoke out on Good Morning America, and it really warmed my heart (the video is about five minutes and worth your time). I loved that he was wearing his Trader Joe’s name tag. Owens was definitely at first hurt by the attempt to shame him, but when so many people came to his defense, he didn’t have much time to feel ashamed. There’s […]