The music world felt the loss of one of its own with the death of Prince at the age of 57 last month. Let’s just put it out there — I was a fan. I admired his music, artistry, and wild energy. With his death, the world learned a little more about the very private man behind the music — his dedication to philanthropy with no need or desire to be recognized for that philanthropy. The guy was a giver in ways that very few outside his inner circle ever knew.
If you want to learn more about Prince’s giving nature, I suggest you watch this YouTube video: http://bit.ly/PrinceGiver
This tragedy actually got me thinking about what I’m calling the “giving philosophy” and, believe it or not, about what the HVACR industry gives to the world we live in.
Let’s face it — the HVACR industry simply isn’t portrayed as the vital and necessary component of modern living it should be. It’s not portrayed as being sexy or fun. It’s not even portrayed as an industry that young people can embrace and have successful, profitable careers in. Nope. It’s more often portrayed as a dirty little industry with lots of people focused on trying to rip consumers off in one way or another. Just watch the video clips on YouTube when you search for HVACR — many are from news stations covering police stings aimed at catching contractors doing something bad.
The truth is the HVACR industry truly is vital to our way of life. It not only provides for the comfort conditioning we require in our homes and businesses, but it also provides for the safety and well-being of our families, the greening of America through its energy efficiencies, and benefits the overall health of our nation.
The HVACR industry is really important, sexy, fun, and essential. Here are just a few reasons:
• HVACR has very cool technology — from the wireless communicating thermostats technicians install to the types of electronic diagnostic tools they use;
• HVACR also makes use of the internet in ways most consumers, especially young people looking for cool careers, are completely unaware of;
• HVACR is vitally important. It is the reason we can develop and store the medicines we use;
• HVACR keeps the air in hospitals clean to help stem the spread of disease and infection;
• HVACR keeps our food refrigerated so it can be stored and transported across the country from farm to store to our homes with nearly no spoilage;
• HVACR enables people to live in climates that are very inhospitable during hot summer months and cold winter ones;
• HVACR contributes heavily to productivity by keeping factories comfortable for workers and the air free of pollutants; and
• HVACR helps keep our homes safe by providing the means to monitor for potentially hazardous situations involving things like carbon monoxide poisoning and the tools for correcting those problems.
The above list of reasons, and many more, are ample evidence the HVACR industry gives back to society. Our industry and the contractors operating in it are really key to America’s economic strength and future.
It's going to take a village to recruit and train the next generation workforce in our industry.