Why Most People Hate Their Jobs

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If you were an employer would you want to pay people for something fun, something that lots of people already want to do? Of course not.
If you are an employer you need helpers to do things you either can’t do or don’t want to do.

In short, the market selects for jobs that are unpleasant, difficult, or both at once. Pop wisdom often teaches us that we don’t have our dream job because we just haven’t had the guts to pursue it in earnest.
However, if someone else can’t or won’t do it, it’s probably for a reason. When anyone tries to sell a used car, it’s probably for a reason.

We are often made to feel under-accomplished and guilty for not finding our calling in life. In truth, it is naive to expect any sort of fulfillment from our work.

We do another’s work to make their dreams come true.

In return for sacrificing our own time in which we could be realizing our own dreams, we receive a certain quantity of capital.

It is silly to expect our dreams to coincide with those of an employer, especially when the employee’s principal and implicit role is to take care of everything difficult, nasty, stressful, and boring.

Our social values tell us that we are what we do. When in social situations, the person across from us asks us “What do you do?” and judges our human value accordingly. Our entire civilization is in a state of confusion concerning the source of fulfillment and identity.

Though some jobs happen to be better than others, it is improper to treat them as a source of identity or a calling.
For one with a proper understanding of social relationships, the capital gained in exchange for doing someone else’s dirty work is the means to realize one’s own identity and dreams.

To look for one’s own dreams within the dream of another is the height of folly.

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3 responses to “Why Most People Hate Their Jobs

  1. This is a great article. How many students come to the conclusion that what they thought was their dream job is actually a load of crap? Young people today are bombarded with bogus career advice and interest inventories.
    I assume, of course, that you are talking about a more introverted crowd here. Obviously, there are those that thrive in this system, amassing money and status for the sake of more money and status, not unlike avid gamers who spend massive portions of their lives gaining levels in order to compensate for their failure to comply with the social imperatives they see dominating their “real” lives.
    I guess there were always THOSE kids who wanted to be doctors or athletes because they enjoyed that position of status. These were the ones that became popular because they played their little social games tirelessly. Losing popularity for them was like dying in an MMORPG.

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