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Author: TheBreeze Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 5069  
Subject: Re: Frustration from talking to others? Date: 10/26/2004 7:21 AM
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One comment about "working for money vs. choosing the job you want:"
I think that most of us have a range of things we can do to earn money. The satisfaction is not always in a vacuum, but is affected by other things--coworkers, company policy, what's common in the industry, how you change over the decades, etc. By "industry" I mean things like how realtors are on call at all times, engineers are expected to work 50 hour weeks normally and 80 hour weeks at crunch time, etc.

I couldn't imagine doing something like social work when I was in engineering school, but at the midpoint of a technical career I'm considering missionary work after retirement. Also, there are things we would not find fulfilling working at minimum wage, yet for $100K per year would enjoy. Personally, I'd dislike a job where I had to wear a pager or cell phone and be on call. I really like my company's "flex time" which leaves some flexibility in the time people arrive and leave.

I can understand people leaning towards certain jobs and certain careers, but it's a loaded statement to say, "I don't want that job because it's not fulfilling enough." Husbands/dads throughout history have worked at jobs with no regard for the "happy squishy feeling" stuff. Thinking more about that statement, the same goes for plenty of wives/moms. Someone who expects a highly paid job with the freedom to work few hours and perpetual self-realization and satisfaction is dreaming. We're lucky to live in a time and society where we have choices and often many of those choices are equally good. But the realistic view is that even good jobs have less-than-stellar aspects about them.
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