9 to 5 Jobs are Losing Respect, but They're Not Losing Value

With more and more people trying to become entrepreneurs, we rarely hear “success stories” about people who work full-time at places like restaurants and grocery stores. Are those people successful? I say they are, but I am seeing a common belief that people who work jobs of low-wage, low-skill, or whatever it may be, have less value. Another common belief is that people who work these jobs aren’t as happy as, say, an entrepreneur. But let’s be practical here . . .

Being your own boss is probably awesome. In fact, it’s one of my goals as a content creator. However, my small amount of “self-made” success has always beenaccompanied by the most intense stress imaginable. I don’t know who came up with the belief that being an entrepreneur is some kind of glamorous, stress-free lifestyle where you can sit on the beach and take naps while your Instagram account makes money for you. I’m afraid that’s not quite how it works.

On the other side of the coin, working a crummy job 8 hours a day is not very appealing either. That’s no secret. But don’t forget about the fact that getting paid hourly means that you will for sure get paid for each hour worked. That security is something we should not take for granted. Sure, the boss may be a jerk, and the job may suck, but there is a lot to be said about having a guaranteed paycheck coming in regularly. I’m all about taking risks, but when a person has children to feed and bills to pay, steady income is the most important thing for that person. As long as they’re not breaking the law, any job is better than no job, and any income is better than no income. What’s wrong with making an honest dollar? Since when is that something to be embarrassed about?

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