It’s that time of year again. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is rapidly approaching. So, check your wardrobe. The wearing of the Green is mandatory for any real Irish person or those who are issued a temporary pass for the day. Wearing orange is a shooting offense. So, if all you have in your closet is orange, better hide under your bed until after March 17.
St. Paddy’s day ranks right after St. Valentine’s day as one of the most celebrated non-federal holiday in the US.
Not bad for a people for whom employment was difficult to find when they first arrived. Welcoming signs such as, “No Irish need apply” graced the front of many businesses in the early days. So the Irish took the jobs no one wanted, laying railroads, building bridges and digging canals. Sounds familiar?
In the 19th century The Chicago Post wrote, “The Irish fill our prisons, our poor houses…Scratch a convict or a pauper, and the chances are that you tickle the skin of an Irish Catholic. Putting them on a boat and sending them home would end crime in this country.” Sounds familiar?
But they persevered and in about a century Irish-Americans moved from the position of the despised to the oval office.
Now, what has that got to do with you and your business? A lot. Regardless where you are today, if you work hard, and smart and stay the course you will succeed. The Irish did it and so can you.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day