As a little boy of 13, I started having problem with the concept of going to school, to learn how to be an employee.
At such tender age, it was too hard for me to convince the world that I knew what I was doing. In fact, at age 21 when I finally voiced out to my family what I think about job and school, I was nearly crucified.
Up till today, millions of people all over the world are still being brainwashed about school and job.
Even at this terrible time when it is very apparent to (even the stupid minds) that good jobs were the stories of yesterday, most people in the world are still sending their children to the university, polytechnic… to go and learn how to be employees, so they will get “good jobs”
So, my question actually is, what is good in good jobs?
I have been an “anti-job” for many years.
I have spoken against school‘s stupidity in teaching all our youths how to be employees. I have written and agitated against all these, from the stand point that, no more good jobs, so we are silly to continue teaching our children how to get what is not in existence.
In fact, I have written a very popular book that have liberated so many people (It’s call; 13 Secrets school did not teach you about how to be rich. Get it here)
Having’ successfully deffended the fact that “good job” was in existence, only in the yesterday’s world, now I want to move a little further.
I want to assume that it’s possible for every youth to get a well paid, “good” job (which is a mere dream from my mind), so I say, what is good, even in the good jobs?
Today, the idea of good job is a high paying job, right? So if a man is working in a bank, oil company, etc., he is assumed to be having a good job.
Like most other things, the world is wrong here.
Does high paying job equates good job?
My answer is, NO!
If you want to understand what I am talking about, go and ask 10 people who have worked in the bank for at least 5 years.
They will tell you that what makes a job to be good is more than the salary.
So stephen, what makes a job good?
1. The passion for the job
More than anything else, the most important thing to consider when thinking of having a job or wether the job is good or bad is your passion, interest and love for such a job.
Unfortunately most people don’t see it this way.
Why is your passion and interest so important in whatever job or business you’re doing?
Because that is where you’re spending close to 80% of your active day on.
You were told that there is 24hrs in a day. Well, that’s true, in theory.
In the real sense of it, you only have about 14 hours. No matter who you are, you’re going to spend time preparing to sleep, sleep, rest, bathe, eat, or even relax (and waste time) before television.
Most of the above time cannot be called a productive time (I.e what do you know is happening while you’re sleeping and how does the time you spend sleeping become yours?)
So in the real sense of it, you only have about 14 hours in a day, out of which you’ll spend 10-12 hours preparing for work, traveling to work, returning from work, resting after work or thinking about work, Monday-Friday.
(In fact, even on Saturday and Sunday, you’re still doing something or preparing some things or thinking, about your work)
Now you see the reason why I said your work takes a huge 80% or more of your productive hours.
If 80% of something is bad, won’t you consider it all bad?
That’s the reason why, if you hate your job, no matter how much money such job is giving you, your life will be miserable.
So whenever people talk about good job, they usually forget the bad side of the good job which is, most people doing the so call “good job” really hate doing them.
Most bankers you see hate the banking job. Some people are working for multi-million dollars company and earning a lot of money, yet, they really don’t like many things about their jobs.
They don’t have good job. They are in slavery!
So if we are talking about whether a job is good or not, you have to consider your passion, interest and love, for such job.
If you hate the job, the money will not make the job good.
2. The freedom to live like normal human being
I once had a friend who was working in one of the richest sectors of the economy (in Nigeria) and I called him one morning to say “hi”, only to know that my friend was sick of malaria and could not go to work.
Few minutes later (as any good friend would want to do), I called to know how my friend was copping, only for him to tell me that he was already at work.
Why will someone who is sick go to work?
He had to go because (as it is the custom in most companies these days) they have warned them that “unnecessary absence could lead to the termination of the appointment”
My father-in-law was sick about two months ago and he had to (by force) be going to work.
I once heard about one employee who was sick and was admitted, receiving dreep in the hospital when her employer called her and told her, “make sure you report at work”
What do you think about all these?
To me, it’s only animals or slaves you treat such way.
How on Earth can you try to force a sick man/woman to work?
This is just one out of many inhuman treatment most workers are receiving from their employers today.
I told my wife about two days ago, “You see, what is going on now in the corporate world is what we should call ‘modern slavery’, just a modern fashion of what our forefathers experienced”
Tell me if you think I’m wrong!
How can you tell me that a job is good when it doesn’t allow you to leave like human being? Yet, most jobs we call “good jobs” today are nothing but slavery, modern form of it anyway.
3. The mental challenge and growth
I was on a visit to a police man, elder friend of mine last week and as we were talking, a man came around. He is the coordinator of a very popular private primary and secondary school.
When this man went away, I told my police friend, “that man was the one who supervised my Junior WAEC” (the examination expected of a child moving from Junior to High school, in Nigeria)
That was so many years ago.
My pain is not that I’m now richer than him, but that he remains at the same point, exposed to the same angle of life, learning on the same part of life.
This happens everywhere and that’s why I find it tough to swallow the goodness of job.
How can you cage me into a sector, exposing me to just an area of life, for 35 years?
You must be joking.
You need a mental growth to be a whole man/woman. You need challenges that comes from different aspect of life. You need friends and associates, from different background and expertise.
To be a complete human, sound and mentally healthy, you need to know little things about many things.
I am yet to see many jobs that can afford you such luxury.
Robbert Kiyosaki said, “Don’t work because of what you’ll earn. Work because of what you’ll LEARN”
If any job is not making you brighter in mind, healthier in brain and growing in spirit, how dare you call such a good job?
4. The ability to plan your life, YOURSELF.
A man just called me few hours ago and told me how he lost his job four months ago.
Another man told me a pathetic story of how he got to work on one Friday and his boss called him and sacked him.
How on Earth do you think whatever job with such possibility is a good job?
I mean, it is barbaric.
I mean, it simply means that you are not the owner of your life.
You have a wife and three children. You have the so call “good job” you’re very proud of because it gives you a lot of money every month, but behold, you get to work one Tuesday and find a latter on your table.
How do you continue life from there? And you want me to consider any job with such tendency a good job?
Unfortunately, most jobs are with such evil possibility. The employer can fire you, any time, so you’re not in control of your life, but your slave master (sorry, employer) owns you.
I hate that!
5. Then, the pay.
To mean, this is the last thing to consider. If any of the above is missing, or worst still, as it is usually the case in today’s world, if all of the above are missing, I would rather put myself into self-imposed slavery (as I did some years back) rather than to get a job.
Yes, I can be a slave, but I would rather be the one that (willingly) put myself into the slavery, than to be forced in.
For about 5 years of my life, I was in what I call “self-imposed slavery” and I enjoyed it.
People were calling me to get a job, even in a bank, but I rejected the offers. I was struggling hard with my businesses.
It was very tough. It was terribly hard, but I “stubbornly” moved on.
I was in slavery. I was working too hard. I was doing ugly things.
But I love such slavery because, first, it was self-imposed. Second, because it led me to financial freedom.
When you take courage to start a business and take endurance to pay the price of the early years’ headaches and troubles, you’ll one day be free and rejoice.
The slavery of a (serious and determined) entrepreneur is usually about 3-7 years, while the slavery of most employees is 35 years.
The slavery of a serious entrepreneur ends up in freedom and riches while the slavery of an employee ends up in worse poverty (after retirement).
If you want to be a successful business owner, you can be, even if you’re old like this man.
Though it will not be easy for you, if you’re serious, determined and stubborn, no matter what comes your way, with God, you will breakthrough.
If you have any problem starting, growing or succeeding, you can pick some of these wonderful business training.
There’s many bad sides to the so call “good jobs”
If you think I’m stupid, forgive me.