Something I Can Identify With…At least A Little

“I hate my job. Can I retire early?”

I read the site CNNMoney.com almost every workday. I find interesting business stories, current business news, stock market news and oh yeah a link to Sports Illustrated .com. The other day I found the above quote as the title to a story on the site.

I didn’t even bother to read the story. Nothing could improve on the title.

I know several people who like what they do to earn a living. It challenges them, is interesting, provides income at levels they are happy with and they work with great people. I also know far more people who identify with the headline quote.

So where do I stand? (All work colleagues who have accidentally come across this site and the few customers that read it, STOP READING NOW!)

I have been doing the same type of work for almost 30 years. (Insert standard joke here, “I was 7 when I started” , wait for the roaring laughter to dissipate). Along the way I have learned, grown, been fascinated by different aspects of the work and always interested by the characters I meet. Clearly much good along the way.

And yet… long hours, much pressure and far, far too often not enough good people to work with. The one thing I have taken away from my 30 years or this work, now that I am 37,   is that the people you spend every day with make work life either great or something far less.

It just so happened that on the day I saw the headline, I felt that way too. Not every day but definitely that day.

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2 Responses to Something I Can Identify With…At least A Little

  1. Frank says:

    Dude, we’re getting to that age…that kind of responsibility day in and day out wears on us. I’d like to kick it back. Alas, I have to keep going.

    That 37 thing is getting old, isn’t it?

  2. 48facets says:

    Frank, I am as of now officially retiring the I started when I was 7 “joke”. It is time to embrace my 50s.

    Yeah, I am a little weary. Can’t even seem to schedule a reasonable amount of vacation time. I am sure that would be helpful. Been napping away my weekends. I would rather be out doing wild and crazy things.

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