Are You Siphoning the Bucket? | ZAPSOCK

During my time as a missionary in Uruguay over seven years ago, I found myself in a very interesting situation.

We were preparing for a baptismal service. The baptismal font was inside the church building, but the water didn’t drain into a sewer line. It had to be pumped out.

However, this time the pump wasn’t working and there was water still in it from the previous two weeks. Disgusting, right?

We had to figure out a way to get the water out.

I had the idea to try a siphon. If you don’t know what a siphon is or how it works, it is a way to move water (liquid) through a length of hose or pipe. The trick to it is that the end of the hose where the water comes out has to be lower than the end where the water goes into the hose.

Siphon Diagram courtesy of University of Queensland

So we found a length of hose and stuck it down in the font. We took the other end out to the street which was pretty low, but not quite low enough.

After trying to make this work for an hour or so, we gave up on the idea and got some buckets to get the water out.

One of the church members that was there helping us, had the brilliant idea to “siphon the bucket.”

His idea was to fill up the bucket with water and then siphon it out of the bucket (a standard 5 gallon bucket). This would make the end of the hose much lower than the beginning of the hose causing the siphon to work.

I just looked at him.

Do you see the problem? Are you siphoning the bucket?

Are you so dependent upon a piece of technology or a method or a set way of thinking that even when the situation calls for some improvisation you still want to stick to what you know?

Think outside the box. Create paradigm shifts. Be a thought leader.

Don’t siphon the bucket.

Just a Thought | ZAPSOCK

It is a tough job market out there. Unemployment rates are sky high. One of the biggest determining factors when employers are reviewing applicants isn’t necessarily a degree, it’s experience. A degree is important, but if you have no experience, do you know what that means to a potential employer? $$$ MONEY $$$ They have to spend lots of it in order to train you to do the job right. If they can hire someone who already knows what they are doing, that person is going to become profitable much sooner. And what if you don’t work out? All the wages they paid you during your training, WASTED. That isn’t something that anyone wants to do right now. With hundreds of applicants, employers are extremely picky with who they are hiring. Catch 22 right? So how do you get experience? Start your own business. Do you want a job teaching? Start tutoring kids. Do it for free. Experience is worth so much more. Do you want a job as a business executive? Start a business consultation business. Offer your services to these businesses for free. You will gain invaluable experience, exceptional knowledge and you may even like running your own business. If there aren’t any opportunities, make some. (And you can put it all on your resume!)

Just a Thought | ZAPSOCK

It is a tough job market out there. Unemployment rates are sky high. One of the biggest determining factors when employers are reviewing applicants isn’t necessarily a degree, it’s experience. A degree is important, but if you have no experience, do you know what that means to a potential employer? $$$ MONEY $$$ They have to spend lots of it in order to train you to do the job right. If they can hire someone who already knows what they are doing, that person is going to become profitable much sooner. And what if you don’t work out? All the wages they paid you during your training, WASTED. That isn’t something that anyone wants to do right now. With hundreds of applicants, employers are extremely picky with who they are hiring. Catch 22 right? So how do you get experience? Start your own business. Do you want a job teaching? Start tutoring kids. Do it for free. Experience is worth so much more. Do you want a job as a business executive? Start a business consultation business. Offer your services to these businesses for free. You will gain invaluable experience, exceptional knowledge and you may even like running your own business. If there aren’t any opportunities, make some. (And you can put it all on your resume!)

Just a Thought | ZAPSOCK

It is a tough job market out there. Unemployment rates are sky high. One of the biggest determining factors when employers are reviewing applicants isn’t necessarily a degree, it’s experience. A degree is important, but if you have no experience, do you know what that means to a potential employer? $$$ MONEY $$$ They have to spend lots of it in order to train you to do the job right. If they can hire someone who already knows what they are doing, that person is going to become profitable much sooner. And what if you don’t work out? All the wages they paid you during your training, WASTED. That isn’t something that anyone wants to do right now. With hundreds of applicants, employers are extremely picky with who they are hiring. Catch 22 right? So how do you get experience? Start your own business. Do you want a job teaching? Start tutoring kids. Do it for free. Experience is worth so much more. Do you want a job as a business executive? Start a business consultation business. Offer your services to these businesses for free. You will gain invaluable experience, exceptional knowledge and you may even like running your own business. If there aren’t any opportunities, make some. (And you can put it all on your resume!)

Shout Out | ZAPSOCK

I love to write. Sometimes, I just don’t know what to write about. Sometimes, my writing is just horrible. Sometimes I start writing and then I never go back to it. I have a few unfinished books. I have no finished books. Some day that will change. Life is a balancing act. I love spending time with my wife and two daughters. In fact just yesterday was my 5 year anniversary. My wife has put up with me that long, and I am not just saying that to [try to] be funny. It is hard to express in words how much my wife means to me. She is my inspiration. She is so diligent and steadfast. When she sets her mind on something, there is no changing it. She sets course and she is off. Me on the other hand, I get distracted easily. I am so very grateful that I have her in my life. I love you baby!

Shout Out | ZAPSOCK

I love to write. Sometimes, I just don’t know what to write about. Sometimes, my writing is just horrible. Sometimes I start writing and then I never go back to it. I have a few unfinished books. I have no finished books. Some day that will change. Life is a balancing act. I love spending time with my wife and two daughters. In fact just yesterday was my 5 year anniversary. My wife has put up with me that long, and I am not just saying that to [try to] be funny. It is hard to express in words how much my wife means to me. She is my inspiration. She is so diligent and steadfast. When she sets her mind on something, there is no changing it. She sets course and she is off. Me on the other hand, I get distracted easily. I am so very grateful that I have her in my life. I love you baby!

Shout Out | ZAPSOCK

I love to write. Sometimes, I just don’t know what to write about. Sometimes, my writing is just horrible. Sometimes I start writing and then I never go back to it. I have a few unfinished books. I have no finished books. Some day that will change. Life is a balancing act. I love spending time with my wife and two daughters. In fact just yesterday was my 5 year anniversary. My wife has put up with me that long, and I am not just saying that to [try to] be funny. It is hard to express in words how much my wife means to me. She is my inspiration. She is so diligent and steadfast. When she sets her mind on something, there is no changing it. She sets course and she is off. Me on the other hand, I get distracted easily. I am so very grateful that I have her in my life. I love you baby!