Greg Saarloos asked to work here at Saarloos and sons this summer, between his Junior and Senior Year of University. I asked Greg to write a letter stating why he wanted to work @ Saarloos and sons after I strongly cautioned him about the difficulties of working with his family, the hours we expect him to put in, how he will be asked to think of all other before himself, and generally the all encompassing, sometimes soul crushing, take over of your life, that our life work requires. It is not for everyone. Nor do I expect it to be. But if you love it, you will never "work a day in your life" and there will always be a place at the table for you.
Greg, why on earth would you want to pledge your allegiance to the mast of the pirate ship that is the SsCo.
Do you really want to give up everything so your only focus in life is to:
"LIVE TO HONOR THOSE THAT HAVE COME BEFORE YOU, AND TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR THOSE YET TO COME"?
HERE IS HIS LETTER:
I have been sitting here now for more than an hour trying to figure out exactly what to say and how to say it and have gotten nowhere. I keep writing and erasing in a repeating cycle. I have come to the conclusion; with the answer I hate most…I don’t know. I have been sitting in class for the last two years going through the motions and have not had anything jump out at me. Granted, I have yet to take a majority of my upper division business courses, I have only came across a handful of classes I have enjoyed. Two of which were my new ventures course and operations management. One looks at building a business from the ground up and the other deals with what it takes to make a business run day in and day out. I tell you this because I do not know what I want to do, or exactly what I am interesting in doing, but I do know that I will work my ass off figuring it out cause I want to know more than you do.
I am not looking for a summer job, or a change of scenery for a couple months; I am looking for my spot at the Saarloos table. I want to be working day in and day out, not to see if I fit, but where I fit. I want to be up there because it is fun and exciting(for lack of a better word). I have sat back these past years and watched you uproot your life and move to the valley, my dad driving back and forth almost every week, and now Brad moving up there they day he graduates and building a life.
I see everything that has been given up, and the sacrifices everyone has made, and I want to be apart of it. There is something going on up there that I cannot be described, but I want to figure out what it is I do best, and how I can make a difference.
What also is very intriguing to me, which goes along with exciting, is the newness of everything. I love how we haven’t been making wine for the last hundred years going by the book and following the crowd. Being different is apart of that excitement I am talking about. I hope I have the opportunity to learn everything I can about how to physically make wine, from studying the soil to labeling and everything in-between, because of my fascination to learn new things. I run towards learning new things, improving and innovating. Also apart of this newness is that the “job” changes day by day, keeping me on my toes, not allowing me to fall into a rut and get lazy.
Although working in a family business brings more issues to the table than an ordinary one; I would chose to work with my family every time, because we don’t have a family business, our business is family. Since I have started college, I have had many different groups of friends, but what I always come back to is I can always trust and rely on my family the most. Also working for the last nine months has really opened my eyes and shown me how the world really is. The people I work with have no pride in what they do, are not responsible adults, and have no self worth. They want to do the least amount of work as possible in the eight hours they have to be there, to get their paycheck on Friday. They do not care about me or anything that is going on in my life; they’re just preoccupied loathing their job. It is hard not to follow the crowd and do the norm, but with Saarloos as my last name, I am not allowed. I take pride in who I am and where I come from and know whom I represent. I can’t think of better people to surround myself with to learn, work, and just live life with. So when you asked my why I wanted to come work for you, I don’t want a job, I want to learn what it really means to be a Saarloos. I want to find what I am good at and what I am passionate about. I want to soak up and learn as much information as I possibly can from the time I walk out of my last final to when I am going over syllabuses again.
I want to know what it means to be a Son.
- Greg Saarloos
You have been awarded the Rank of "Intern".
There is only one Rank above Intern, It is "Son"
You spend the rest of your life earning it.
When you come over the boards, you are expected to produce.
Mouth Shut, Ears Open, Head Down,
The More Shots you take, The more precice and dangerous they will become.
Take a lot of Shots.
We Win Together, and Lose Together.
Respect is Earned not Given.
Saarloos Orientation -
Coffee: As Much as you can.
Lunch is taken when you remember to take it.
Work Starts: when you wake up.
Work Stops: when you sleep.
Sick Time: You will work alone.
Weekends: are when the rest of the world is Not Working: We are busy, We are Working.
Weekdays: are when the rest of the world is working: So Are We.
Your last name is Saarloos, so burn any sence of intitelment you may possibly have.
(i know it is very little, Burn it anyway)
When you see trash on the ground, pick it up with your bare hands imediately.
Every thought you have is centered on the statment: If I don't do it no one else will.
If we are "mean" it is not because of you, it is because your need differ with that of the needs of the Ship.
Everyone who works @ the SsCo. Without the last name Saarloos: Gets paid first, gets to leave first, and will be treated better than you, you are here to aid them in their work. Not Visa Versa.
When you arrive:
Find the deep end of the pool, look deeply into it, and await the kick in your back.
Learn to Swim. We have no lifeguards.
This model has worked for Generations, and no one has died from it. (yet)
Interns Share the Glock.
Welcome aboard Greg, I can't wait to help you find your Purpose.
Few look for theirs, even fewer find it, and the select few, "get to" for the rest of their lives.
Keep this letter, share it when my kids if they come knocking.