10 Facts About Your Job (Or Why You Should Never Get a Job)

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"How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, brush his teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you make lots of money for somebody else and then be asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?" | Charles Bukowski

Mr Bukowski has got a point. It seems crazy that we go through our life working a 9 -5 just to make someone else rich. We go from pay check to pay check while the guy at the top has unlimited earning potential.

The harder we work the richer the boss gets.

We might get a promotion and slowly climb up the career ladder as a result of our hard work but only in exchange for a few more thousand dollars a year. It just doesn't seem worth it.

So here are 10 facts about your job:

FACT 1: Working for someone else will never make you rich

The fact is that in Corporate America the 99% are working hard to fill the pockets of the 1% with even more money. Even pro athletes with their $5 million a year salaries are earning just a fraction of what the owner of the team makes.

Only a very small minority are prepared to take the risk of being self employed and they get rewarded for doing so. Most people just want to live their life "comfortably" instead of in luxury.

FACT 2: Job security does not exist

Job security does not exist and it hasn't for a long time, especially in this economic climate. Two words can take all your income away from you, "You're Fired."

Job security will never exist when you are not in control.

You are effectively leaving the future of yourself and your family in the hands of someone else.

FACT 3: Your Boss Owns You

No one likes to report to someone else and especially to a person you don't like; your boss. I can lift up one finger and that is how many people I know who like their boss. "Steve, have that report on my desk in the morning, Steve, you have to work late tonight etc. The worst part is that these aren't even questions they are orders.

FACT 4: You have no freedom

How many times have you said to someone, "I would love to, but I've got work in the morning." If you are your own boss you only have to report to yourself and no one else.

All of a sudden you find that you can take the day off instead of being a slave to your job.

FACT 5: You no longer think for yourself

A job has more rules than high school.

As soon as we join a company we are given a hundred page booklet on how we should dress, how we should talk, how we should move etc. God forbid being able to think for ourselves.

FACT 6: You have to beg for more money

No one likes asking other people for money. Our pride takes a hit. Yet, when we want a higher salary we have no option but to beg our boss for more money.

FACT 7: You can't choose your co-workers

Your co-workers might be the most boring or horrible people in the world. Yet, you have to spend most of the week with them feigning interest in their stories and hearing them whine.

When you are your own boss you get to choose who you spend your time with.

FACT 8: You are just a number

Working for a big corporate company means that you are just a number. You are not considered as a real person with real feelings. "Employee 5135 hasn't hit their sales targets this year... time to let him go."

FACT 9: You only get paid while you're working

The reason why we have a fixed income in a job is because the hours we work dictates the money we earn. Wouldn't it be nice to get paid while you sleep? Working for yourself allows you to do this.

FACT 10: You don't feel fulfilled

It's normal to feel unfulfilled when you're doing something you don't want to do. Yet you don't do anything about it, you wake up every day with the same feeling counting the hours until you can go home.

Does a Job Still Sound Like a Good Idea?

You probably had an emotional reaction whilst reading this. Some of you may have been defensive because you have been conditioned so well by society to believe that everyone should get a normal 9-5 job (that's what everyone else does right? Surely so many people can't be wrong?).

But hopefully, you were nodding your head after each fact as this sounds all too familiar. If so then this is a step in the right direction.

You already know that you should let your emotions guide you as they know what you really want (as talked about in my article finding you purpose in life) even if everyone says that you are crazy and foolish to even think of leaving your job.

We live in a time where people can make a very nice living from the internet

Starting an online business is easier than most people think.

Today could be the day you start.

You may look back years from now praising the day that you decided to work for yourself because it was the best decision you ever made.


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