Why Do People Hate Their Jobs?

I limped out of the meeting and said, “excuse me”, and took the elevator down 67 stories, went to Grand Central, limped home, and never went back to work at that job.

I never returned the constant phone calls and emails over the next month. “James, where did you go?”

For all I know my name is still on my office door and my name is still on their website. I’ve never checked.

I just didn’t feel like going back or talking to them ever again.

A few days earlier I had discussed with the managing partner how I would get paid if I brought in a huge deal. He smiled and said, “Trust me, James, I always take care of everyone.”

When someone says “trust me” or “I will make you rich” then I know general fuckness will result. 

The other thing that happened,spooked me. I was walking with a few of my “colleagues” to lunch at some crap sandwich place on Wall Street. Suddenly I was on the ground. I had fallen straight down for no reason. I limped for the next three weeks.

So my body told me to quit also. I try to listen to my body. Else I can’t sleep or crap or move properly. In this case, my body didn’t even want me to walk.

Whenever things are good I always worry about what could go wrong.

And whenever things are bad it always seems like they will never get better. It’s not depression. It’s how the human brain works after one million years of avoiding predators. 

Every day I try to practice reversing that. I do that by listening to the body, the mind, being grateful, being around positive people, sleeping a lot, eating well.

But having a job and being controlled by Masters ruins the practice.

Some new study just came out and said more than 50% of people hate their jobs, for the first time ever.

What? For the first time ever? I doubt that.

Someone on quora asked me: why do people hate their jobs? I answered: 

Note, not everyone hates their jobs. There are some “entre-ployees” out there that love their jobs. But for the other 98% of the population:

– Jobs are modern-day slavery. We are paid just enough to live and not more. You are punished if you ask for more.

– We are often verbally abused on the job and we take it because we think it’s normal that people would yell at us.

– The government gets up to 50% of your paycheck and then 10-20% of that goes to kill people on other parts of the planet, including our own children.

– We are deluded into thinking our job-friends are our real-friends. With our job friends we talk about pens, genitals, and cubicles. We stop having real-friends.

– There’s a glass ceiling. It doesn’t matter if you are a woman or minority or a white man. The glass ceiling is that you aren’t allowed to make more than your Master, even if he’s an idiot.

– From 7am to 7pm you are either A) going to work, B) at work, or C) coming back from work. Hence, the times when you can be most creative are garbage-compacted into your cubicle.

– You eat shit at work. And, even worse, you have to shit next to your co-workers and Masters. Unless, like I have, you make a map of all the secret bathrooms in your local urban blight.

(my work meal)

– When you are paranoid at a job, you are probably correct. THEY are, in fact, talking about you and backstabbing you right now.

– You realize that all the dollars you spent on degrees to get you a job that will make you happy were completely wasted. You were scammed but you can’t let the next generation know how stupid you were so now you become part of perpetuating the scam.

– A trillion dollar marketing campaign forced you to buy a house you didn’t really want and now you will “lose a house” you never really owned if you don’t bow down to the Masters every day. The words “The American Dream” were coined by Fannie Mae in a marketing campaign 40 years ago to sell mortgages to slaves.

– Your spouse is tired of hearing about your job after six months. And you couldn’t care less about hers. Ten years later you wake up next to a total stranger. 40 years later you die next to one.

– Your IRA was not intended to provide for your retirement. It was intended to take money from you every month so you remain chained to your cubicle. Inflation then takes 90% of your IRA.

– When you were a kid you liked to draw, and read, and run, and laugh, and play, and imagine a magical world. You’re never going to do any of that again.

– Over time everyone is getting fired and being replaced by younger, cheaper, more temporary, more robotic, versions of you. You see this but are afraid to do anything about it.

– You see homeless people and think, “there but for the grace of God go I”.

This is not meant to be depressing. Nor does it mean everyone hates their jobs. There are many ways to be an “entre-ployee” where you don’t have the standard job. To be clear: There are more opportunities than ever. But you have to prepare the body and mind and spirit to find those opportunities.

Then you take the magic pill and the tears of dirt wipe away. Come here, pretty baby, and let me hug you.


[On June 1, I’m releasing a book, “Choose Yourself!” about how to avoid the whole job thing.  Please join my email list and I will update with special material or offers or whatever. It will be fun. Also, if you can think of more reasons people hate their jobs, please put them in the comments]


8 Responses to “Why Do People Hate Their Jobs?”

  1. Guest Says:

    As an HR Manager I have worked at three different plants where someone tossed their feces around the rest room or planted it in the shop for co-workers to unexpectedly find… surprise!!!

    I had a janitor once that cried tears to me when he had to clean one bathroom up a second time. His boss said, “Do it or you’re fired!” So Tyvek suit, gloves and respirator were donned and off he went… Whistle while you work!!!

    At another plant someone periodically left feces in strategic locations over my 4.5 year tenure for co-workers to happenstance upon. In the last work life survey one employee rightfully complained vehemently and their solution, “Get a new HR man.” as if, I was some bumbling Clouseau unable to track down the Phantom Crapper.

    MORAL OF THE STORY; There are allot of sick MF’ers out there. Don’t be one of them.

  2. Guest Says:

    No damn way. You’re the undisputed champion of the world and you’ve taken 1st place by the largest of margins ever recorded. I did the same thing 10 years ago after losing another horrid HR job. Sold my home and made some cash on the grossly overinflated bubble, gave away everything but a few possessions… records/CD’s, Indian silver jewelry, books, fine art prints… and downsized to U-Haul capable.

    I’ve lost a few more jobs since and am looking once again as I need the medical benefits or think I do anyway having never used the damn thing. I’ve never quit a job forcing a generous severance package as I ‘knew too much’ and they really fear employment lawyers and wrongful discharge claims though I’ve no time for messy lawsuits preferring to obtain UC and references to move along. A few months of unemployment does the body good.

    Although in my early fifties with my parents thankfully still alive I am awaiting the day when either they or I go away and if, the former occurs it’s game on. 401k cashed (screw the tax penalty I’ll gladly give up a hot dog for a ham any day), bank accounts closed, passport/visa and back pack at the ready as I plan to ski the planet. When it’s all said and done and the money is gone I’ll be a jumper and take flight on the wings of angels over a 1000 ft. precipice of my own choosing. No burial plan necessary as the earth and it’s creature can enjoy a fine meal on the carcass of the greatest man (that’s not a boast nor a lie) to have ever graced this or any other planet.

    My advice… hang in there and cause as much fucking hell as humanly possible.

  3. Frank229 Says:

    I know you’re busy with the book (got it, read it, loved it), but are you still doing these profiles or did I miss them somehow? I think this would be a super-valuable tool to have in our arsenal of inspiration. I’d especially love to hear the stories of people who did it while having jobs that DID pay extremely well and had kids and a difficult to tweak lifestyle. Right now I’m just saving. Wife is onboard with trying different things, we just need some reserves. And we’re successful freelancers in television, so it’s always easy to go back to the teet for some more cash.

  4. Daniel Says:

    Nice, I think that’s how the world works.

  5. Bill Tappan Says:

    I salute you for echoing my life long complaint. I’ve always hated my job (s), I was literally a slave. I gave up my talents, hopes, aspirations, and my dreams to punch a clock for ass holes who never appreciated loyalty, hard work and dedication. I was discarded like canon fodder after ten years simply because I disagreed with the latest idiot manager who had no idea of what the hell she was doing, and simply chose to blame the “slaves” for the chaos her inept management caused. Thankfully I was “put out to pasture” at 58 because of a on the job injury which through a series of events too convoluted to go into, I sued the company for wrongful termination and discrimination, whereas I received a tidy settlement and my social security.
    Happily I’m back to being a kid and I’m now having a ball!

  6. Jack Says:

    I have worked day and night from 17 to 28 in different companies just to reach a certain level of experience to get that ideal job. After I got it I believed this is it! After 6 months I realized the joke of a life I was having. Sure, dressed fine, eating out, having money all the time I was lying to myself life is good. Then it struck me, all my young years never step in a club, never had a girlfriend, never did anything crazy for what, a cubicle?
    In 11 years of hard work I had to swallow all kind of idiotic talks and work methods from stupid team leaders and ass kissing animals.
    Now I feel reborn again working for my self. Hate that my parents taught me to be a slave, worst advice ever.

  7. Caesars Says:

    The moment i’ve decided to start my new business, my mom said: Are you crazy? You want to go to jail? Can’t you see on TV that all the business man are getting sued and arrested. :))) So i feel you on that one bro.

  8. Ironthumb Says:

    Spongebob loves his job,,,,,,

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