In the book, “Heroes, Rogues, and Lovers”, the author mentions how construction workers usually have the most testosterone when compared with many other jobs.
I worked construction for 2 years before going back to school. Talk about a change. I miss it but wouldn’t change.
Also, one of the reasons I feel I have higher than average testosterone is because my grandfather, his father, and his father were all coal miners. Dad even did it for a while. That kind of work builds character, as Pops would say.
Part of this is also working with guys all the time. There’s a big difference between working a desk job with college graduates and working a construction site with a bunch of Spanish guys who have been in jail more often than not.
If you’re going to tell them what to do, they have to respect you, which means that you’ve got to break your ass as hard as they are, and crying and bitching isn’t allowed.
A lot of these guys that work these kind of jobs (of all races, of course) are also quick to settle things with violence…it’s definitly different than an office environment.
As far as building stuff with your hands- I think that’s satisfying for some people. I know guys that love construction, and even I don’t mind working outside all the time. You get used to it.
I always tell my boss that I’m just an outside dog…you bring me inside and I’ll piss all over the house.