1 in One Hundred Million; The Invisible Jobs


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The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

Recently I was made aware of a series of videos produced by Krono’s called 1 in One Hundred Million. The series features the personal stories of the people who work the important and often overlooked jobs that makes everyday life possible. Having worked in many similar jobs I quickly got pulled in, and ended up watching all 13 episodes back to back.

Take for example the star of the most recent episode Zack Feary. Zack is one of the 300 people who works for Stern Pinball in Chicago. Stern’s factory is the last remaining factory to mass produce pinball machines in the world, pumping out 400-500 machines a week. Zack has what has to be one of the most fun jobs I have ever heard of. He is a game tester. That’s right, Zack’s job is to play pinball. He tests every component of every machine to be sure that everything is working properly. This is just awesome, being able to play all day and get paid for it.

The line from Zack’s video that hit home for me was how every machine went out perfect.  I love the respect for the customer and how the company takes the time to ensure that every order and every machine meets their strict standards. Not enough companies take this view and I for one wish they did.

This wasn’t the only reason I liked this series. As some of you know, before I was a stay at home dad I worked a lot of jobs just like these. Jobs that weren’t important per say, but mattered. For example, I was a grocery vendor stocking the shelves. I worked at the local YMCA teaching weight lifting classes and getting there early to open the gym. I spent many years driving the Zamboni at the local hockey rink. I even taught learn to skate programs at the rink. I have never held an office job.  I always had a variety of roles that seemed “invisible.”

Why are they invisible? It is because many never see them of course. You may see someone putting food on the shelves, but stop and think how big your local grocery store is and realize that every item in there is replaced by hand every couple of days. Every time you go to the gym someone had to open it up, and for those who skate think about how many times a day that ice is cleaned. That is why these type of jobs are seem invisible at times, but also incredibly important.  I along with many other good people worked very hard. We knew what we did mattered. We knew how important we were to the overall success of our companies.

If you ever want to know if your job is important, miss a day of work and see what happens when you aren’t there. That is the true measure of if what you do matters. For many of my past jobs, as well as the jobs in these videos, things wouldn’t get done. In my case, people wouldn’t be able to grocery shop, or play in that hockey game they have spent all week looking forward to. I may not have had an “important” job, but without dedicated individuals like you see in these videos, life would be very different then you and I know today.

So next time your out and you see someone doing one of these jobs that make our way of life possible, stop and say thank you. You don’t need to tell them they matter, they know that. But who doesn’t like knowing that people appreciate it.

Now it’s your turn Leave your #WorkforceStories in the comments below.

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Bryan Alkire

Bryan is a Stay at Home Dad from Kalamazoo MI. Every day he is lucky enough to experience the joys and struggles of raising his two young girls. His older daughter, a brain tumor survivor, has just started school. His younger daughter is a ball of energy that always keeps him on his toes. He chronicles his adventures with his girls and beautiful wife on his blog www.kzoodad.com. When not watching the girls he plays golf (badly), enjoys craft beer, and working on that book he keeps promising to get done.

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