Labor Day and the Wright Brothers

Did you know Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1894?

Congress passed legislation in June of that year establishing the first Monday in September as a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. All workers.

Curiously, sometimes people demean work. Some who work with their hands point at those who do not and say they are not doing “real work.” And some workers who work with their heads likewise demean those who work with their hands. But the truth is the work of hands and the work of heads are not in competition, but rather are in service to each other. Synergy comes from this dynamic.

As an example, look at the work of the Wright brothers. Without integrating the work of hands and heads they would never have built their successful bicycle business and they would never have flown the first plane. By dedicating themselves to and honoring the work of their hands and their heads, they achieved remarkable things.

So, whatever work you do, with your hands or your head, in your home or in the marketplace, paid or unpaid, for yourself or for others, take pride in it and honor your work. And, honor the work of others as well. This Labor Day weekend join us in proudly celebrating the contributions of all workers to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country. This is why we celebrate Labor Day. What a great way to Invent yourself.

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