My Job is Lucky to Have Me

Repeat after me: "My job is lucky to have me."

Do not ever say: "I'm lucky to have a job."

People who say they are lucky to have a job have either been brainwashed and beaten down by the present state of the economy, and manipulated by the near mythical "Job Creators" into actually believing that their job, their means of survival, their contribution to society and the very essence of self worth is a product of luck. Their uncertainty about the future, and anxiety about their ability to find work, and somebody to work for fuels the machinations that lead to a culture's decay. A population beholden to people who control the wealth and fuel industry and commerce is doomed.

 "My job is lucky to have me."

There is no need to begin a shift bowed to powers beyond our control. The economy is a complicated, fluctuating thing, fed by us, the people who make it work. Without us, it dies. As it stands now, people are depressed, tired and uncertain. Their sense of value to themselves, their families and their community is under constant attack. The economy, or rather those adept at manipulating it feed off of that uncertainty, and profit from it, and wear a man down until he utters those words, "I'm lucky to have a job."

"My job is lucky to have me."

Say it. Believe it. Make it true. Be on time, be prepared, learn everything possible about whatever it is you do; be a great cook, clean as good as you can, write well, teach well, drive well, and be well. Some people are actually fortunate to love what they do, most of us are not. That is no reason to not excel at work, and no reason to go through your days content to just get by, put in your time, cash your check on Friday and tell yourself you are lucky to have a job.

"My job is lucky to have me."

Luck does not exist. Luck is a myth. Work is real, and good work a valuable commodity. This economy is not going to right itself. Without us, the people who power it being healthy,  productive and confident in our abilities and worth mediocrity will rule. We will be a country full of mediocre people doing mediocre things for mediocre wages as the world generations of hard working, productive people have built crumbles into a pile of mediocre things that nobody wants.

"My job is lucky to have me."

The power of one person who believes in himself cannot be understated. We can't all own the companies that employ us. Everybody can't be the boss. Most of have to do the work that keeps everything going. Every person who contributes is vital. So stop telling yourself that you are lucky to have a job, and start believing that your job, or the job you seek is lucky to have you.

 

 

20 Comments

  • sarah archer says:

    I like your thnking, however it's not always easy is it?
    I'm the cheery madcap sort who gets on with it and do my best, but deep down I know i'm not indespensible, and don't think anyone would miss me.
    (But I hope they would)
    Thankyou once again for making me think.
    lollipop
    xx

  • michael says:

    Thank you, Sarah, I was beginning to think I was being misunderstood. This isn't my arrogance speaking, its my dismay when I hear other folks whos contributions are vital say I'm lucky to have a job. I heard it twice today and it got me thinking…

  • Pat Blackman/Grandma Muggle says:

    HEAR HEAR!!!!  I'm with you buddy.   Stand tall, be proud and know that the "down trodden" can never be the "up holding" members of society.  So, here's a bit of advice from an old doll: 
    Appreciate yourself, hold yourself to a high standard and  (tah dah)  SMILE!  (It confuses them.  They never know what you are thiking. ) LOL

  • Teri Lambert says:

    Great post Michael!  Spread the word, this country has lost its self confidence and it is imperative we get it back or continue losing it!!    
    Always lurking in the background,
    Gia

  • hilinda says:

    Excellent post, Michael.
    I'm a strong believer in people finding the thing they love to do, and finding a way to do it. If that's not possible, it's still important to make what you do something you have pride in, and do it to the best of your ability. To have integrity. And, as you so aptly put it, to make it so your job is lucky to have you.
    It isn't about arrogance, at all. It's about valuing your own hard work.

    • Michael Morse says:

      Thanks, Hilinda, every person is valuable, we've been beaten down for so long I think we are forgetting that.

  • Bob Lincoln says:

    I left a company 11 years ago that I started my career with.  It had become that cynical and brainwashed place.  I decided that I wasn't going to spend the next 25 years thinking that my greatest achievement was holding onto a job.  So I left on my own (rather than among all the layoffs).  Never been happier.  I wish my friends there could break the mindset that they are "lucky to have a job", because they are talented and could easily find something better.  But they've been beaten down for too long to change.

  • Bill Baxter says:

    Mike, Excellent article i have been saying the same thing for a long time.i am not Lucky i competed with over 1300 people to get my job and i earn it every day.before i got my present job i competed with over a thousand people to get that one.its about motivation so lets stop letting the pundits out there try to convince us that what we earned, was luck,its not ! thanks.
    Bill

  • Dan says:

    Michael – I mean no offense by this, but I offer a different perspective. You have worked a unionized government job for the past 20 years with no higher education requirements or student loan debt. It's a demanding job, but you've been layoff-proof your entire life, you've always earned good money, and the overtime has been there whenever you needed supplemental income. Many have not had these luxuries of being in the right place at the right time. People my age are coming out of college with an average 30k in debt and even with that it is nearly impossible to find a good job like yours anymore. So we went to law school or grad school or med school out of necessity and graduated with upwards of 80-100k in debt. What's it like to have a positive net worth or to be able to save money? Never experienced that feeling, nor has anybody I know my age. A lot of my friends are still unemployed a year after graduation but not eligible for unemployment. The rest are grossly underemployed, making a third of your salary in higher-cost areas on top of their debt. So for those like me who miraculously got a stable position and can bring home a decent paycheck – yes, I am extremely lucky to have that job and I'm very open about that. We aren't "brainwashed." We are just cognizant of our situation and thankful for what we have because we know it could be so much worse. Perhaps because you grew up and got your job in a different situation this perspective is not familiar to you. It would be silly to strut around repeating "my job is lucky to have me" when there is a line of applicants wrapping around the block and many of them have all the qualifications you have and more but simply couldn't get in before the doors of opportunity were shut by circumstances beyond their control. Humility is warranted.
    On a more philosophical note, I find that those who believe and act like they are lucky to have a job end up being those whom the job is lucky to have, and those who believe and act like the job is lucky to have them end up being those who are lucky to keep the job.

    • Michael Morse says:

      Wow, another reason I’m glad to be in a union! However, this message is universal. Personally, I was thirty and on my second house before union employment.

      • Dan says:

        You misunderstand. My point has nothing to do with unions per se. My point is that your *experience* is not universal and you should not make assumptions about the motivations and circumstances of other people based on your own. You were able to get into a well-paying, secure career by age 30 with a high school degree and no debt, which is "normal" to you but unheard of in my generation. The "normal" for us is 30-100k in debt and pitiful job opportunities with a graduate degree at age 30. Home ownership isn't even on the horizon for most of us. The few of us with decent jobs are thankful for them and rightfully so. If you don't feel the same, find a better job that you *are* lucky to have and let somebody who needs it have yours.

  • Michael Morse says:

    Keep thinking that way Dan, and one day you will wonder where your life went.

    • Dan says:

      Thank you for the advice, Michael. I don't doubt that your job is extremely lucky to have you. Just as it would be lucky to have any one of the dozens of applicants turned away each year who would do an excellent job as well and for far less money.
      My reciprocal advice is to be cautious about showing this opinion piece to any recent graduates desperately searching for work – any work – under a mountain of debt that even bankruptcy cannot absolve. I realize that they are just a statistical abstraction to you, but I can assure you that they are very real, in a world of pain right now, and would consider themselves very lucky to have the opportunities that you had at their age, even if you don't consider that so.

  • Michael Morse says:

    Dan, you just don't get me. This was a simple message of human dignity, nothing more. There is nothing wrong with feeling needed, and valued, whether you are working or not. A subservient demeanor gets you nowhere, a confidant, able person will flourish in any economy. The definition of flourishing can be debated, if you like. I know people who make peanuts who are flourishing, and others with seeminly everything who are withering away in jobs where they are unappreciated, underpaid and taken advantage of by their employers.

  • Bob Heruska says:

    Best post I ever saw. Sending it to everyone I know. Heard it on the radio and said, “Wow, somebody gets it!” Thank you for having the guts to say it.

    Bob Heruska
    Providence

  • Michael Morse says:

    Thank you, Bob, much appreciated!

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