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I seem to have come under fire recently for some of my posts. As it turns out, not everyone think that jobs rants are funny and/or interesting.

I wanted to take some time to explain why I write about this subject.

First off, the main idea behind this website is to reach people who are in a similar situation as mine. That situation is being trapped in a job they absolutely hate. This is a subject that I am incredibly passionate about because I have been living it for years.

The second goal here is to help people build an online business that can eventually replace their day job income, so they can quit!

Lastly, I hope that I might inspire others to find something in their lives that they can get excited about and begin living their lives with passion.

Now, maybe my message is not clear with the posts I’ve written so far, so I want to make sure it’s fully understood. Although I have received a lot of positive feedback from my readers, there are some people, who are close to me, that think I am being ungrateful.

This was recently demonstrated by a friend of mine who posted a response to a recent blog post on Facebook.

The message went something like “Stop being a puss. You need to be grateful for what you have. There are millions of unemployed people in this country who would happily take your job”.

I can certainty see how my blog comes across as ungrateful. After all, I AM ungrateful. I worked my ass off to get where I am today and have not been handed anything. If I’ve earned the right to work here, don’t I have the right to complain about it as well?

Now, I am happy to have a job that pays my bills, but I am not happy to be stuck in a thankless job which makes my life miserable.

The Two Camps

There seems to be two camps when it comes to this topic.

1. The “Stop whining and be thankful that you even have a job” camp

2. The “Life is too short to waste your life working in a miserable job” camp

It’s pretty evident which camp I fall into.

Ungrateful Bastard

I have had more than one person accuse me of this dubious distinction. Hey, I get it, I really do. The vast majority of people are sheep who need the security of the flock. I just happen not to be one of those people.

People will beg for table scraps and I find it sickening. There is nothing that any one of cannot accomplish, yet we are willing to take any job that will have us.

I have no problem with people who believe in playing it safe. Hell, I’ve been doing that myself for years. The problem is that there is no reward for doing this unless you consider being in a boring and monotonous 9 to 5 job rewarding.

Being in financial services, I am fully aware of our country’s economic situation and of the jobless rate. Knowing this information doesn’t make me like or want my job any more. Personally, I feel like an unemployed person has just as good of a chance of creating a successful business as I do.

Live Your Passion

I could spend hours talking about this subject. It absolutely infuriates me that I have put myself into a position in which I cannot control. I am not even close to living my passion and may be years before I do.

One of my favorite quotes from The Shawshank Redemption is “get busy living or get busy dying”. Each day that we spend doing something we don’t want to do is a wasted day. Life is going to be over before we know it and there’s nothing we can do about it.

When you’re 90 and unable to take care of yourself, do you want your memories to be about the 45 years you spent working a lousy job? You will wish that you spent more time with your children or grandchildren. You will wish that you had visited The Vatican, Prague, or The Sistine Chapel. But you didn’t.

You will have spent your life working the grind, living paycheck to paycheck, and just eking out an existence. It’s fucking bullshit. Complete and utter bullshit.

The more I think about it, the more I believe it. Don’t waste any more of your life. Find something that gets you out of bed in the morning without an alarm. Something that keeps you awake at night because you love it. Something that drives you to be the best you can be.

Am I a complainer? Yes. Only I call it ‘not settling for the grind’.

A crusader? I don’t think I would go that far, but I will say that I feel very strongly about what I am doing here.

I would love to hear your thoughts about what I’ve written here, so please leave a comment, email me, or find me on Twitter.

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