I couldn’t help but laugh when one of my roommates told me about her job search. She wanted a job where she could set her own hours, make good money, do something she really enjoys, and not have to sell. I know of very few jobs that you can set your own hours unless you start your own business. However she had seen a friend of hers make tons of money off of ebay, and other friends have successful ventures and was lured in by the idea of easy money.
The idea of easy money is prevalent everywhere these days! Just turn on the television; on one channel there is show after show about selling old junk for large sums (pawn shop, antiques, and garbage picking). Flipping houses is still popular, and many websites exist solely to make commission on your purchases from their advertisers – they don’t have any original content at all. Is seems it is the rare person these days who dreams of working an 8 am to 5pm like their parents (4am to 8pm if you have farmers in your lineage!)
I don’t see any problem with trying to find a job you love, but I do think many members of my generation and the next have unrealistic expectations about the working world. In order to bring home a decent paycheck you have to be bringing in a lot of money to the company you work for. You aren’t always going to be able to work 4 hours a day and earn $60,000; I’ve never been able to accomplish that actually. But I am worried that this is the current expectation. I saw it in my roommate when she almost answered a shady easy-money craigslist ad. I saw it when I talked to my younger cousins about their future plans and they expect high level salaries without gaining specialized skills.
“In other words, you can work to achieve greatness, or you can work in your underwear for two hours a day. The two rarely go together.”