The average worker ant works nineteen hours per day. And when they sleep, they sleep standing up! These ants take about two-hundred-and-fifty naps per day – but each power nap lasts only a minute. Work is defined a force times distance. So how hard do these ants work? When you work this out, the ant’s daily work is the equivalent of a human being carrying a thirty-pound rock a distance of 36.6 miles.

6 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6: 6-8

Today I had the pleasure of talking with a human Ant. He works for a moving company, moving furniture and household goods for people. He earns $20 per hour. He was complaining that he was waiting for his boss to get back to keep an eye on the stuff on the sidewalk beside the truck while he single-handedly loaded it and moved it into the customer’s apartment. Although he admitted that he was being paid to stand and wait for his boss and that he would earn more money because of the delay, he was eager to get to work. He is a Producer.

In our society of obese, entitled adult sluggards who are quite capable of improving themselves and working hard, yet they expect their spouses, parents, the government, and charities to provide for them and their greedy habits: their video games, junk food, tattoos, drugs, and toys, this young man was a breath of fresh air. He’s no parasite, no collectivist leech sucking the blood of the Producers; he wants to work, he has goals and he’s disciplined.

Our daughter came to Canada at the age of seventeen twenty years ago. She had no college education, but she worked hard, worked two jobs, worked her way up, and built a stellar career in the hospitality industry, without any help from us or anyone else. She was recently offered the job of Assistant Hotel Manager, and within a few weeks, she was promoted to General Manager.  A couple of weeks later, she was promoted to Director of Sales for the entire hotel group. She is a goal-directed Producer, a responsible woman of integrity who never makes excuses or complains – just like her mom.

You don’t need a college degree, financial assistance from mommy and daddy,  and government handouts if you’re a real Producer. Ants (and squirrels and bees) are role models for us.

Robin Elliott