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Old 12-17-2018, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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I never lasted a single day in a job which I hated simply because I have never hated any of my jobs.

I have had quite a few types of jobs throughout my life (house cleaner, typist, assembly line worker, accounting clerk, tutor, teacher, lab technician, chemist, lab supervisor, engineer and scientist). Of course, I was bored at times in some of the menial jobs and had moments of frustration and high stress in some of the demanding jobs. However, I was always glad to have a job, to receive a paycheck, to be healthy to work, to have an 'inquiring mind' which always find ways to make a job more enjoyable, to learn new things which could lead to a better job, to search for a better job opportunity.

In seeing and reading that many workers dislike their jobs and many retirees are glad that their working days were over, I think I have been very lucky. I attribute my luck to inheriting resilient and optimistic genes from my parents: "always look on the bright side of life". To me, life is what you make it.
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:18 PM
 
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So did I.

Alas, the military is for the young, so my career could not last as long as I needed to work for a living.
main reason I retired. I was getting too old and slow to keep up with the youngsters in the deployed environments. I didn't want to hold them back - like come and help me get over this bunker- .
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Well, no matter how I felt about whatever job I had it was always a means to an ends. The ends was a paycheck. The paycheck was to live on and to support the things I really wanted to do after the work day was over. So it was never a big deal to me to try to find the "perfect job."

I think that's why I am enjoying retirement so much. I have eliminated the middle man. It's all "after work" time for me these days.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I was a machinist during the hey day of aerospace in southern Calif. I liked being a machinist, it was often rewarding.
I did work for a company for 10 years where my immediate forman hated me, a personality conflict. Not everyday by any means but there were days that I dreaded going to work.
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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I can make nearly anything interesting so that hasn't been a problem the times I've had to work at a job that wasn't a good match for me.

There is always the people that you work with and getting to know them. That "We're all in this together" thing can make the most miserable job tolerable. If I've got a support system I can do the work and even be in good cheer.

What I've always detested about a steady job is having to set an alarm and show up at a certain time every day. That has always been agonizing for me. It's pure monotony and if I could have put in my forty hours a week when I wanted to even my favorite jobs would have been more pleasant.

In fact, in my retirement I make it a habit to stealth volunteer because I don't want anyone to catch me and pin me down to a spot ever again.
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I think for many people it's their co-workers that are the most difficult part. Not necessarily the job.
Could be. For me, it was the opposite. My coworkers made life easier.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:18 PM
 
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The vast majority of people doing the 9-5 have never and will never be doing anything engaging or fun or exciting or interesting. There isn't that much engaging, fun, exciting, or interesting work to go around.
I would disagree. I can find numerous occupations that I would find engaging and interesting. Some are exciting, few would be considered fun. It is all a matter of finding what interests you and preparing for it. With virtually zero unemployment that is easier than ever.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I did what I had to do to pay the bills and have a decent life. Sure I applied for my dream jobs whenever I saw them(LOL) but no one ever wanted to hire me to be a billionaire playgirl or a rockstar. Darn it!

I HAD to work. No choice. If I wasn't working at one crapbucket job, I would be working at another. So I just found the best one I could that paid me the most money. That was legal! I had my standards!

Work was not my life. Work paid for my life. It wasn't pleasant. It wasn't what I wanted to do. I had a good job with good pay and benefits. I was lucky. I have seen people work much harder than I did and make much less. There are not many dream jobs out there so it makes sense most of us just slog off to work every day to pay the bills. There is a reason why it's called work!

If you can be one of the lucky few, great for you! But I think it is usually a mistake to let your job BE your life. Jobs tend to up and disappear when you least expect it. A healthy dose of work hatred makes it easier to move on. Now if I had been a billionaire playgirl I'm sure I would have been quite content to let my work be my life.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:21 PM
 
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There seem to be plenty of complaints about bad bosses. First step is to avoid accepting a job if you don't like the company culture or your specific boss. The number of bad bosses should be an encouragement. If those are the best that companies can hire for management positions, it should be easy to advance and become the boss.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:30 PM
 
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...... There are not many dream jobs out there so it makes sense most of us just slog off to work every day to pay the bills. There is a reason why it's called work!

If you can be one of the lucky few, great for you! ........
It is rarely luck that leads to rewarding careers or jobs. Most of us do indeed have to work, 40 hours a week, 48 or so weeks a year, for decades. In proportion to all of that time, how long did you work at finding and being hired for a job you really wanted? 1%? That would be 600-700 hours.
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