Want to know what hell is like? Take a job
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:
- Want to know if a job you’ve applied for sucks? If you’re interviewing for it, it will.
- Should you wait until you find the right one? This is a Catch-22. If you take the stop-gap job, it will interfere with your finding a good one. However, if you wait to find a good one, you may end up waiting until they bury you.
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.
- Getting a good-paying job (that crushes your will to live) = success.
- Meeting another human willing to be seen at social events with you (because being single makes other people sad for you) = success, and
- Success will make your miserable life happy.
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.