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Unemployed Loser No More
This may be redundant, but it's my blog.
I'll repeat myself if I damn well please. (Yes, this will be one of those passionate posts where naughty words pop up here and there.)
What unemployment can do to your sense of self-worth is a hideous thing. The mere fact that you were let go is bad enough, but eventually you start to feel crummy that you can't find a job. The low point for me came when Roto-Rooter wouldn't hire me. That was like, "Wow, if I'm not fit to unclog pipes jammed with other people's shit, what am I fit to do?"
That became a turning point. That very day I decided to stop looking for a job. At the very millisecond my ass disconnected from the chair in the Roto-Rooter office, I decided that no matter what, no matter how shitty it may seem, no matter how hard it may get, beating my own path through this jungle called "life" was the one and only way for me. It's harder than having a job because the "paychecks" are not so predictable.
You know what, though? I don't care. Someday my "paycheck" will be a lot bigger than it ever was when I had a job. How do I know this? Because now I understand how it works.
You know what they say about success: "10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration." It's true. Having a job is enduring the perspiration without inspiration. Plus, let's face it, most people slack off at work -- not me, but I saw it in others. With a job you've got maybe 70 percent perspiration and 5 percent inspiration if you have a job that you enjoy. Even if you rise through the ranks, you can never be successful working for The Man unless you're inspired in your job. I suppose teachers are successful, the good ones, but they don't get the monetary rewards of success, just the perspiration and inspiration leading to gratitude from their students.
The thing about not wanting a job and finding other ways to make money is that it makes you free, and freedom is scary. It's like being kicked out of your parents' house on your 18th birthday (which happened to me): Sure, you can do whatever you want, but you gotta pay the rent. Failure is on you.
For me that removes failure from the list of options. I will work my fucking ass off until I either achieve my goals or drop dead. Anybody who thinks I'm a loser for trying to do that instead of trying to get some crappy job that doesn't exist anyway can go fuck themselves. I think they're losers for clinging to their crappy little jobs, allowing clueless mediocrity to rule their lives.
Don't be an unemployed loser! Be an unemployed winner.
Yeah, I'm talkin' to you, Chief.
Oh, and by the way: If you're employed, lazy, and uninspired, you damn sure ain't no winner, unless your salary is over a million a year, in which case I salute you for robbing the Man blind.