Don’t Work.

I’ve just been reading ‘Ten reasons not to get a job’, (Thanks Euan) an abrasive attack on anyone who works for someone else.

Unfortunately there isn’t a way to leave comments there, so I shall comment here and hope that the author checks Technorati.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income.  This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work.

Which makes Doctors ‘not smart’, which makes Airline pilots ‘not smart’, which makes anyone who does physical work ‘not smart’.  It makes *me* ‘not smart’.

If you start your own business then you are employing people who you consider to be ‘not smart’.  Hardly a way to build employee relations, and if everyone follows these rules then there will be no-one to employ.

I see people who make money off the backs of others every day (I do a fair number of jobs in Docklands), they need ambulances just the same as everyone else.  It’s a dream that everyone becomes creative geniuses investing in other people – but without actual *workers* there is nothing to invest in.

I’d like to see this idiot tell the person who empties his bins that they are ‘dumb’, or even better the policeman who stops him for speeding.

We can’t all live on designing web sites or making ‘inspirational’ announcements.

Some of us do physical work.  The difference is that some of us enjoy it or get worth from it.

I think that makes us ‘dumb’.

(I have no idea why I found myself getting angry after reading this.  Perhaps a subject for self examination).


30 thoughts on “Don’t Work.”

  1. That guy reminds me of those Amway people. What he is promoting isn't self-sustaining for everyone. If everyone lived like him, we'd go back to the stoneage really quick.And hello, his money comes from telling people how to make money! So maybe we all just need to get a few stupid followers to give us money to tell them how to make money.

  2. Well your book provides passive income, but you have to wonder why people like this think money is the measure that everyone should be compared by, instead of job satisfaction or someone's worth in society.I guess it's insecurity.

  3. Well – I went with the Friday Project because they seemed like good people to work with, even though they didn't pay the biggest advance. So yes, personal happiness is a good thing. I used to be happy posting leaflets through doors, when I was nursing I looked back on it as a golden job (apart from the pay that is).I think some of it is given away in the trackbacks to the article, there is talk of 'the masses' as a bad thing. “Separate yourself from the masses” is seen by some people as *always* a good thing. That is until everyone is 'separate', or as I like to call it 'divided'.

  4. I guess I'd fit into his category, since I run two businesses – one of which does indeed theoretically make money while I sleep. However, what I REALLY get satisfaction from in life is helping others. I'd rather be out in the ambulance taking old ladies in diapers to hospital than sitting at my desk 'working'. Being an EMT is one thing in my life that I do that I can truly be proud of. You should be too.Not only that, but as an author, you have an entrepreneurial streak. Your creation is now lose in the world and making a little money with every click of th buy button.

  5. I think your reaction, although understandable, is a little harsh.Spare a thought for those of us stuck doing something infinitely less rewarding than your job and making an effort to escape the drudgery.

    You are in a good situation – you have a worthwhile job which you enjoy (most of the time). It does not seem like you have money worries and you are in the process of publishing a book (something which, as a previous poster pointed out, will generate you passive income in line with the reccommendations in Steve's original post).

    Please don't take this as a criticism – I love reading your blog and it's good to know that there are careers out there that are worth pursuing as an end in themselves, rather than purely for monetary gain. Just remember that most people don't have one of them šŸ˜‰



  6. If youre currently a well-conditioned, well-behaved employee, your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness. But consider that if the above didnt have a grain of truth to it, you wouldnt have an emotional reaction at all.So… If I call the author a condescending twat and he gets upset, it'll mean there's a grain of truth to my statement? This also amused me at the bottom:If you find this site helpful, please leave a donation for Steve so you can enjoy the spirit of giving too.What a terrible, terrible opinion piece. So delightfully and deliberately ignorant of how society functions in the real world. It's like receiving advice from Paris Hilton on how to live your life.

  7. also the whole “if you don't agree with me, you're a complete and utter idiot”. That really wound me up.Ok so I can't work at the moment, but when I could, I did.

    I liked the idea that I could buy things and say to myself “I worked for X hours and I earned Y amount of money and I spent it on this thing and now it is mine and I deserve it”.

    I also liked that my job often involved helping other people, and I didn't object to paying tax and NI because I knew that it was because working people pay tax and NI that they are covered if the worst should happen and they become unable to support themselves.

    Of course, the worst promptly did happen, my health went down the pan and I ended up unable to support myself, and I'm bloody glad that I made my tax/NI contributions so I could get healthcare and claim benefits to live off and didn't end up completely buggered.

    And if/when I end up in a position where I can work again, I fully intend to start working and paying back into the system again, whether some twat on the internet thinks I'm stupid for it or otherwise.

  8. Well, if what you've written is any indication, you're not as angry about it as I am. Or maybe you're just calmer about the whole thing. ;-)I think the crowning bit of the litany of insult is that after he's pretty much called the entire audience a bunch of stupid cows, he ends with “here are my articles I've written on personal development. Please donate!”

    Yes, asking for donations is a much more dignified activity than earning a living wage. I think basically he's a jerk that wants to convince the reader that his/her life is unworthy so that the reader will pay Mr. Jerk money to be told how to fix the unworthy life.

    Personal growth my ass.

    And is it me, or are there faint, creepy BDSM overtones to expecting to be paid for insulting/pissing all over someone?

  9. exactly – especially when you read:7. Begging for money.

    When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?

    a bit two faced …

  10. I admit that I'm beginning to think of this jerk as a cross between a con-artist and one of those manipulative cult leaders.What worries me the most is that there are probably people that have donated money to him after he's been that utterly condescending. o.O

  11. I *always* believe in enjoying the work that you do. After all it's why I quit nursing, even though I could be earning much more now than I ever will in the ambulance service.But how do you feel about being called stupid because you aren't 'creating' or 'investing'? He's insulting *you* as one of the masses.

    (And yes – I do have money worries, and I don't see the book making me *that* much money)

  12. Not entrepreneurial at all. I fell into it all by pure luck.How do you feel about this fella calling people dumb who aren't making their money by the ways he mentions?

  13. This stems around one fact (after working in many different countries) I have found in life.The Brits are the most unambitious, bitter, narrow minded race ever. When they leave school their only thought is to get a job for life. Some worthless button pushing factory job they can do for 50 years. Then they retire and are proud to have worked all theirs lives at the same dead job. They boast about my grandfather worked there all his life and so did my father. Life to the Brits is a struggle to stay where they are. They have no intent to better their existence. As such they grow into bitter chip-on-the-shoulder types who cant open their mouths without slagging someone/something off. And its all their own fault.An American is standing on the sidewalk and he sees a Rolls Royce go by. He thinks Hes got a Rolls Royce, but one day I will have two. A Brit is standing on the pavement and he sees a Rolls Royce go by. He thinks Hes got a Rolls Royce, but one day he will be on the pavement with me.(Sits back and waits for typical British bitter rants that merely prove my point.)

  14. It's because we *enjoy* moaning.I don't see how that equates to telling people that they are 'stupid' if they work for someone else.

    I work for someone else, which in this man's mind makes me one of the brainless masses.

  15. The people here who work to save lives are doing “some worthless button pushing factory job”?Wow.

    I already “bettered my existence” once by, despite my background, getting an education and a decent job. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, it's all gone down the khazi, but as I hope I already expressed above, if I get the means to sort things out I bloody well will, and in the meantime I certainly don't begrudge anyone who has earned themselves the things I don't have, or hope that they get horribly ill too, or any crap like that.

    To summarise: kindly stick your generalisation up your arse, sideways and without lubrication.

  16. People who do what they do because they enjoy it are fun to be with.I don't much enjoy the company of people for whom making money is the main priority in life.

    I spent far too long doing things I didn't enjoy because I felt I had to maximise my income. It was probably a mistake.

    How much better to be a happy Tom Reynolds than a bored and boring person, however much money they have.

    How many people, lying on their deathbeds, say, “I wish I'd made more money?” How many more say, “I wish I'd found a job I really enjoyed.”

  17. I don't see how that equates to telling people that they are 'stupid' if they work for someone elsePossibly because the ideal of the “Commonwealth” (originally meaning a state governed for the common good as opposed to governed for the benefit of a given class of owners) is a British invention. There is also a a name for things which consume a hosts (Commonwealth) resources and provide nothing in return to the host (Commonwealth), which seems to be the authors ideal in the “I'm so much better than the brainless masses” remark – it's “parasite”.

    The “don't be a 'drone'” ideal may work in fantasy land, but it sure doesn't work like that on Planet Reality. Unless of course the writer is willing to pay for his own ambulance (after he built it himself of course), drive it to the hospital (which he also built himself), conduct his own surgery, create his own drugs from scratch, etc etc – I'll wager he doesn't label the attending surgeon a 'brainless lackey' if this situation arises.

    What's the best way to make a million pounds/dollars?

    Write a book about how to make a million pounds/dollars and have the gullible buy it.

  18. Ella just beat me to it – I would have put money on it that he is either a current or ex MML worker (and believe me to be successful they work far harder than any of us with jobs do) – I know I used to be a successful Amway distributor (thankfully this is now all behind me). Stuff like this was drilled into you all the time..JOB = Just Over Broke

    JOB = Jackass of the Boss

    That sort of thing – it was the talking about residual income which mad eme think of it – take no notice it's obvious to me that the man is a terminal self abuser



  19. Katsuhiro,further evidence of your theory can be found in the 'About me' section of his website, he obviously has a hugely inflated sense of self importance . . . !

    mind you, we're probably feeding into his self worth by writing so much about him . . .

  20. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. o.OThink there's any way we can blame him on the pathetic American obsession with self esteem? I'd count him as exhibit A that there's such a thing as just too much.

  21. Best test is to put your job title in the phrase”Thank god the____ has arrived” if that works then you have a fulfilling meaningful life, and may even enjoy your job.

  22. Batsgirl, what really counts in life is kindness to others. This can be expressed in the workplace or not. I say this as a self-employed person who does not follow a religion.

  23. Aha! So I'm “thank god the person who is good for a chat, makes a decent cuppa, and will patiently help with computer stuff has arrived!”Yup, that works!

    *beams with delight*

  24. “An American is standing on the sidewalk and he sees a Rolls Royce go by. He thinks Hes got a Rolls Royce and, as I don't have healthcare insurance, if that hits me I'm royally f*cked!”God bless America.

  25. If you'll indulge my “typical British bitter rant”…Describing the personality of a nation is no more meaningful than saying all black people / christians / men / women have the same personality. If anything, describing a nation as one makes even less sense than these due to the much greater heterogeneity of the population you're describing.

    Certainly lots of British people end up working in pushbutton, turnkey jobs. A subset of these end up in McDonalds, Starbucks, WalMart and other franchises; this type of worker is just as much the foundation of your (American) economy as ours (British). There will always be plenty of similar jobs and plenty of people to fill them in any nation you choose to name.

    Speaking as a Brit, when I see a Roller drive past, I conform to your stereotype and accept that I'll almost certainly never own one; I will never be rich. But does this make me a bitter failure?

    I am a research scientist working on new cancer therapies. A life in academic research virtually guarruntees that I'll never afford that car but it does mean that every day I advance the field of human knowlege and bring a treatment for cancer sufferers one tiny step closer. The author of the article linked to above defines me as a moron and a failure and you may agree, but I'm pretty damn happy about where I am and where I'm going.

    Some people define success by money earned or cars bought; my success is measured by new discoveries and respect earned from my peers; I can't speak for Reynolds but I imagine he gets a kick out of all those lives he saves. I spent a while working in dead-end jobs to pay for university, and the people I met either genuinely enjoyed their jobs (especially in customer service jobs) or saw it simply as a way to fund whatever they wanted out of life. There's no need to be so insulting simply because we haven't chosen the same criteria as you have.

    I'm not sure if you actually intended to be rude in your post, but that's how I read it. Either way, there's no need to upset each other… have a cup of tea and relax :).

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