Meaningful Work & Bad Bosses
Let’s face it, searching for meaningful and sustainable work is a long
and arduous endeavor that requires patience and stick-to-itiveness. In
the end, finding your place in the world of work is very much
dependent on serendipity. This comes from a wide range of experiences
I have had hunting for that often elusive perfect job that both pays well
and gets you enthusiastically out of bed each morning.
Over the years, like many people, I have rewritten and sent off resume
after resume and cover letter after cover letter to numerous potential
employers. These exercises have always been a numbers game and
waste of valuable time.
Previous to graduating from college, I held various and numerous part-
time and full-time jobs for anywhere from a few months to several
years, earning my keep as a bartender, house painter, hotel night
auditor and desk clerk, room-service waiter, athletic apparel silk
screener, trophy maker, assembly-line automaton, delivery person,
English tutor, graphic designer, marketing assistant, senior copywriter,
public relations director, interning feature writer, and several other jobs
that are not worth listing.
After graduating from college with honors and an internship under my
belt, there were a few times when I got lucky and was hired by
respectable institutions and companies in the field of marketing and
public relations. These jobs came with all the great benefits one would
expect from a professional position, including paid health insurance,
vacation time, matching 401K plans, sick leave, etc.
Then, of course, being the independent person that I am, none of these
jobs ever really worked out for me as a person. I simply was not a team
player, and I often was at odds with management’s way of doing things.
In addition, being in marketing and public relations often made me feel
inauthentic because I was being forced to promote the company’s way
of thinking, which oftentimes I felt was dishonest.
I did stay at one well-paid and seemingly important marketing-director
position for a manufacturing company for about 18 months, the longest
fully employed, professional, post-college job I experienced. By the time
I left that position, I was well on my way to permanently becoming self-
In short, the world of work basically sucks, unless you can figure out
how to be your own boss– that, at least, has been my experience, as I
could never quite find enjoyable work, other than work generated on
my own. I was never lucky enough to find an outside job in which I did
not have to report to one higher up or another who was not a complete
As a strong proponent for self-employment, I am also not so foolish to
believe that it’s for everyone.
If, however, you decide to pursue a career in any field in which you have
to work for a specific institution or company, I strongly suggest you
doggedly work your way up as high as you possibly can to the top of the
food chain, so that you become the person who directs things and has
control. This way you will not be forced into dealing with the people
above you, who, for the most part, are often incompetent and
egocentric. I know that is a fairly large generalization that is often not
true. However, if you simply google “bad bosses,” you will see the
prevalence of this dismal state of affairs – and I’m not being facetious.
Thanks for stopping by,
“Immortality is a
good work. “