Today’s story is modern, but it’s also 84 years old. It starts in Brazil in 1938, middle of the Great Depression. Our hero was just 14 years old at the time. His mother told him to find a job and help support his family. So, he got one: shipping assistant at a company called Industrias Renaux S.A. in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. He was happy to have the position—happy enough to stick around, in fact.
Perhaps passion is one result of purpose meeting opportunity, because I believe purpose is the master lever.
Hi Bill, I’m not sure what you were suggesting when questioning the need to certify.
No matter the endeavor: business, sports, etc. if you keep breaking your own record, well sir, you own it until it’s surpassed. And it’s still “the record to beat”…again.
Guinness or no Guinness, it’s still a record.
Certifying just adds a level of authenticity to the achievement.
Now there's one record I won't be beating, longest tenured employee. The right fit has been difficult for me to obtain. I just didn't want to settle for being treated like garbage. I've grown intolerant to poor working conditions as I grow older. It's amazing what employers think they can get away with. There's probably a book in me about that very thing, well, at least a novella.
Saying that, I had worked for one employer for 17 years so it's not like I'm a fly by night or anything.
Question for my fellow Understandably readers, what's the longest amount of time you've stayed with one employer?
Forget work. I'm still laughing about the walk on song. Thank you!
Kudos to Industrias Renaux S.A. for realizing that they have a valuable employee at their company. So many companies would have thought he was too "out of touch" to be in his position this long and would have shown him the door. Love his philosophy of being happy in the moment, finding purpose, and embracing commitment. We can all learn from Mr. Orthmann!
I was with one employer for 2 years, my second employer for 16 years, and will celebrate my 25th anniversary on July 1 with my third and present employer.
I agree with Mr. Ray. (below) If it were in America, he would have had someone half his age kick him to the curb. I just retired, spending 48 years with 3 firms!
Just a side note, I read the article on Mr. Gorske. You would have thought that Mcdonald's corporate would have fixed their sign before posting his picture. Bad marketing!
My parents have been married 73 years. They attribute it to commitment; you don't quit when the going gets tough. I promised my husband that I would work for my current company for ten years. Even though there were times when I wanted to quit, I stuck with it because I had made him a promise. Sometimes just the value of your honor, when you make a commitment, is the juice that gets you through.
I was with my second newspaper employer for 35 years. Was with the first one for three. My second should count for 38 as my second newspaper chain purchased my first!
Bill, my Mom is not quite in a class with Orthman, but she did work two careers - a HS teacher for 33 years and then worked for five banks doing senior’s tours for another 32 years. She retired at 87. She loves being around people and the organizing of trips. The tours job netted her trips to five continents and 32 countries!
Thank you for the commemoration of Bitcoin Pizza Day. The story never gets tired.