Want to know what hell is like? Take a job

a response to Thunderpuff’s Career Tips for Anti-Socials

Thunderpuff advises people to not take that crappy job, wait for the right one. She’s not yet thirty, so she deserves a little optimism. At sixty-two I have two tips of my own:

  1. Want to know if a job you’ve applied for sucks? If you’re interviewing for it, it will.

Sorry, Thunderpuff (if that really is your name). The only people who enjoy their jobs are people who really believe that:

  • Graduating college (regardless of debt) = success.

I know many such people. I worked with them. They made me miserable for more than thirty years.

But people who don’t believe the purpose of life is to earn a living and support a family, people who value integrity, self-reliance, and, most of all, self-fulfillment generally never fit in at work. Work wasn’t designed for self-fulfillment, work was designed to fulfill someone else’s ambitions (mainly the founder).

Work wasn’t designed for self-fulfillment, work was designed to fulfill someone else’s ambitions.

If you discover enjoyment at your work, great. Most likely, however, some overworked and belittled manager will notice and take your pleasure away. Why? Because if you enjoy your work, you can’t be doing it correctly.

My advice? If you really want to find self-fulfillment, settle for less money. Find a cheaper apartment, scale down your lifestyle and work part-time for Starbucks. Devote your energy to your vocation, whether it be art, poetry or painting houses.

The day may come when you turn a profit off the work you love. For most of us, however, the reward of joyous vocation is worth making less money.

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