We are 1 in One Hundred Million

America was built on the blue collar worker. It was their hands that pounded in the last spike to complete the transcontinental railroad. It was they who paved the way to settle the west and tame the American wilderness.

America’s cities, industrial machines, factories, and mines were established on the hard work of the blue collar worker.

Dad

My father got his first job building bridges back in 1997 and for the better part of the decade, he gladly worked his hands to the bone.

Those hands paved the way for two daughters to go to college and to help each of his kids purchase their first homes. They allowed him to build his dream house and purchase a little cabin on a lake in the woods.

Today, those hands bear the marks of years spent toiling away at the American dream, rising through the ranks from laborer to operator, operator to foreman, and eventually to a superintendent of a newly launched company. 

His story is like so many other blue collar workers composing todays work force. The site 1 in One Hundred Million is devoted to sharing the personal stories of people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs upon which we all rely.

Each month the series profiles ordinary people in the workforce, telling the stories of Firefighters, Trauma Nurses, Union Electricians, Restaurant Servers and Teachers. The series is sponsored by Kronos, makers of innovative workforce management software. 

brett-laxton

April’s 1 in one hundred million series features Brett Laxton. In 1993, pitching for LSU, Brett set a College World Series final game record throwing 16 strikeouts to win the championship.

It was just the beginning of his baseball career as he pitched for the Oakland Athletics in 1999, and the Kansas City Royals in 2000. But baseball has always been in his blood his father also played in the majors.

Now, the former major league pitcher makes hand crafted wood baseball bats for Marucci, a brand used by players like Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Andrew McCutchen, José Bautista, Chase Utley, and many more.

It’s hard to believe Marucci has grown from the humble beginnings of a backyard shed in Louisiana to the become the number one bat in the Big Leagues.

This post is written on behalf of Kronos through Find Your Influence by me. All opinions are 100% mine.

30 thoughts on “We are 1 in One Hundred Million”

  1. This is a great reminder – and where I live, we see the chains and short stumpy posts put up as guard rails along the forested roads – I’ll certainly check out the 1 in one hundred million series – wouldn’t have paid attention to it otherwise – thank you :)

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  2. Yes, it is or rather was the middle class who worked their fingers to the bone–now the middle class is all but gone–sad–people still working but getting no where fast. Maybe this will give some hipe–I sure hope so,

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  3. Oh, I love this! It’s nice to read stories of people that make millions in tech or something but these are the stores that matter!

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  4. I think it is fantastic that Kronos is taking the time to honor hard working people. So many people who do great work go unrecognized. It is great that they acknowledge ordinary people in the workforce.

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  5. I love the idea of 1 in 100 million. I worked in factories for 13 years and these people have really built America.

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  6. What a great story! I love hearing inspiring stories of how people have achieved great things after facing adversity.

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  7. We do tend to over look the blue collar workers. If it were not for them though, we wouldn’t have a lot of things that we have. They are definitely the building blocks.

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  8. I love this series!! It is great to find people that help make our country what it is. I bet your father has some great bridge building stories.

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  9. I have never heard of this site but it sounds really interesting. Thanks so much for sharing and for telling us your story.

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  10. I love this. Blue collar ..Yes that is most of us. Need the spotlight on them. While their stories don’t grab national attention they do grab heart strings and that is exactly what life does. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your post.

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  11. This is so great! I think we ALL forget the people who really keep this country going and what they all do for us.

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  12. What a great story and wonderful reminder of the value of the modern American and what they do every day. Jobs aren’t just jobs, they have impact, especially those such as your fathers!

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