- “How great it would be to have a job where you don’t do anything but sit around and read all the time.”
- “She’s not smart enough to do anything but work on an assembly line.”
- “There were two guys digging and four stood around, watching.”
- “It’d be great to work only 9 months out of the year and have all summer off.”
- “If I had to flip burgers for a living, I’d die.”
- “All a minister has to do is stand up in front of everyone and talk for 30 minutes once a week.”
- “You better watch it or you’ll be waiting tables.”
- “Just leave that mess for the cleaning woman.”
- “One of these days, I’ll write a book and get rich.”
- “Oh, please. She doesn’t care. She’s just a housekeeper.”
I have heard, or overheard, all these comments at some point.
Why do we feel compelled to disparage others about how they earn a living? Since our jobs and careers take up enormous chunks of our lives, shouldn’t we honor our own work and the work of others? Doesn’t life move more smoothly when our hours are filled with meaningful activity?
Whether we flip burgers to pay the rent, stitch up incisions, scrub toilets, or write books, all work has meaning and value. My challenge to you, and to myself, is to find satisfaction and pride in our own career and honor the value in the careers of others.