On Work

I was reading the first chapter of Acuff’s new book yesterday when I happened upon this statistic:

84 percent of employees plan to look for a new job this year.


I must have read that wrong. Am I incurring dyslexia at a young age? It must be 48 percent (and even that seems high). I re-read it, again, and again, eight times I re-read it.

Nope, eight out of every ten people you know want a new job, want a better job (one can’t decide I guess and the other is satisfied). That’s staggering to me.

But I think it correlates to one thing we talk about on this blog a lot: that we, as an American people, always want more. More money, more power, more cars, more square footage. The list goes on and on.

I’m not saying ambition is something to be sneered at, ambition is part of what drives people to accomplish great things and change the world, on some level, for the better.

Here’s my take on that 84 percent thing: I don’t think people are unsatisfied in their specific workplace, I think they’re unsatisfied by how much money they make and what they spend their time doing. For example, you could pay me $700,000 a year to stand on a street corner and be the dancing Little Ceasar’s guy and there’s no way I would to it.

You might be saying, “that’s crazy Kyle!” – and you might be right. But to me satisfaction in our work comes not from how bloated our pay stubs are or how prestigious our companies may be.

No, satisfaction in our work comes singularly from whether or not you love the work, whether you’re proud of it, whether or not you find yourself getting lost for hours at a time in it.

If you do that kind of work and have figured out how to get paid for it (even a minuscule amount), well, you’re one of the lucky ones. You shouldn’t be in the 84 percent.

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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

6 thoughts on “On Work”

  1. As much as I'd like to be paid more if leaving my current job for my dream job that I would be happy in for like 10-20 years meant that I had to take a pay cut to start with I think we'd work round that to see if we could make it happen. Our hitch at the moment is that I'm the breadwinner for the family – CJ does earn by it's part time wage for a full time job. This kinda holds up what we can and can't do.

  2. Well said, Kyle! I am one of the 16% and though by the American ideals you speak of, it is abnormal for me to be content with this "lesser" amount of income or smaller home, but because God has led me here, I am! It is not laziness on my part that I accept this humble place in the world, not at all. It is however, knowing that there are more important things in life than striving for more "things" and always working for monetary gain. I would rather work towards the goal set before me by Christ; bringing others to know Him. That is nothing money can buy! Contentment! I like it right here in my 2 bedroom apartment with my modest income and my village of people around me that are coming to know Jesus because I'm not out working for more stuff, I'm being a friend, feeding the lost, being His hands and His feet.

  3. I wonder how many people are changing jobs for the increased pay versus how many people are changing for increased passion? I hear of a lot of people that want to change jobs in order to do what they love or what they think they will love. It seems like the grass is greener on the other side applies to both…

    Also, is that really a negative trait? Is it bad that our generation moves jobs more frequently? A lot of the time I think it is a negative trait but sometimes I think it is a great trait. Seth Godin talks about this in his book The Dip. In the book he debunks the Vince Lombardi thought process that "Winners never quit" and exchanges it with "winners know when to quit".

  4. That book is going to change my life, I’m pretty sure. 🙂 The trailer and first chapter (I’ve only read half of it) is so, so good! My husband and I met Jon last month, and he was so darn nice.

    My husband and I are totally in a “dreaming” stage right now. I don’t dream about making more money or living in a big house. I’m in my first job out of college (5 years) and my dream is to stay home when we have kids. And my husband, Eric, wants to start a business. Life’s too short to not do what you love!

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