Life As A Dishwasher: What I’ve Learned About Entitlement

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June 4th, 2014Posted by Brian

So, the school year ended about a month ago.  Since then, I have attempted to find a job.  This is one of my least favorite things to do, since jobs are so hard to find.  I put in applications online, only to receive rejection notices within a few days. 

One day, my family and I went to Panos’, a local diner near my house.  As it turned out, they needed a dishwasher.  So, I gave them my info, filled out an application the next day, and started working the day after that.  So much for quick rejection notices. 

This job is not the first time I’ve ever worked as a dishwasher, but I was still nervous.  I’m constantly afraid of messing something up.  Well, days went by and I realized that this job was not too difficult.

One thing I didn’t like?  The hours.  There is nothing wrong with 7-hour shifts.  I just haven’t really worked them in the past.  I’ve pretty much gotten used to them, and I’m learning to do my job without looking at the clock too often. 

I’ve learned something even more important, though.

I’ve learned that I need to get over my lack of desire to work hard.  Of course I would rather spend my days at home.  Everyone would.  But there are people with far worse hours and far harder jobs than me.  I think about people who work all day and come home tired.  Or people who have to work late at night.  I’m sure they would rather be at home all day.  But that can lead to laziness, which isn’t good (wow, what an obvious statement).

I’ve learned that entitlement is dangerous.  If you believe that you are too good for certain jobs, or too good to work long hours, then you might need to get your head on straight.  Even Paul said:


For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. – 2 Thessalonians 3:10

I don’t want to be one of those people who thinks that they don’t have to work or that I inherently deserve good things.  I know that some people spend all their time looking for jobs to no avail, and I applaud them.  That’s a story for another day, though. 

I want to be a hard worker.  No, I don’t want a degree in dishwashing, but I believe that what I learn at this job can help me in the future, whatever I do.  Dishwashing, for all the grief it gets as a job, can do more than just make you money.  It can change your perspective on work itself.

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