BJ Shea

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BJ'S BLOG 05/15/12 "A Great Success Story"

Yesterday we read a story about a man that I think is embarrassing every American I know because of his great accomplishments. 
Gac Filipaj is a 52-year-old janitor at Columbia University and he just graduated with a bachelor's degree after 12 years, from the same university he works at! 

Gac fled Montenegro in 1992 to escape a brutal civil war and came to the United States before he was able to finish his law studies.  
He wasn’t young when he started this either, he was 32-years-old which isn’t where you want to hit reset and start all over again. It took him seven years to first learn English so he could even take the classes. Then, thanks to being an employee of Columbia University, he received 14 free credits to school which he used by attending classes before starting a janitor shift that ran from 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
You would think that now since Gac has a bachelor’s degree he would get a higher paying job elsewhere but that is not the case. He wants to work towards a Masters Degree and even a Ph.D. which he would use to become a teacher some day. 
When asked why he’s not interest in trying to make more with his degree, he said, “The richness is in me, in my heart and in my head, not in my pockets.”
Gac’s story is amazing but I think it shows that as a collective, we have a weak minded country.
This guy is probably one of the happiest guys you’d walk into because he is free of the ridiculousness and turmoil that surrounds the rest of us.
We used to have more people like this; back when WW2 was over, the world was free and there was opportunity, people had the same vibe as Gac because they were done with the horror they had to live with.
We don’t have that anymore because we have a bunch of entitled babies who can’t understand how this guy could do something this. Without any complaining he worked an undesirable job, learned a new language and went to college all at once. 
We could really learn something from men like Gac Filipaj. 

05/15/2012 9:20AM
BJ'S BLOG 05/15/12 "A Great Success Story"
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05/15/2012 10:57AM
No work ethic
I grew up being told I was part of generation X. I'm not sure where they came up with this, but didn't really care about the label as there where more important things to worry about. I was brought up with a good work ethic and made foreman at 16. I am now almost 40 and have had over 140 employees come and go to find the good ones I kept on. I can honestly say that the work ethic I have seen with the new generation has been very sad. I have started referring to them as generation ME.. I actually had a 16 year old laborer tell me that if I made him work to hard he would go find an easier job up the street for more money.. I sent him packing, "Good luck with your easier job". Kids have it to easy any more which creates selfish, spoiled, brats. Welcome to generation ME...
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