Li, há pouco, aquele que é, possivelmente, o melhor blog post que já li até hoje. Absolutamente brilhante, e, para mim, correcto, da primeira à última palavra.
O post é do Steve Pavlina, e chama-se 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job.
É comprido, mas vale, sem dúvida, a pena ler. É daqueles posts que ofenderão muita gente – ele é bem mais directo do que eu costumo ser em relação a este assunto… mas ele tem razões para isso, afinal, já que ele já chegou há anos onde eu quero chegar. Eu acredito que vou conseguir, mas é impossível não ter, ocasionalmente, algumas dúvidas – sobretudo porque quase toda a gente à minha volta as alimenta.
Anyway, algumas “pérolas” (mas, mais uma vez, recomendo a leitura do post todo, de preferência mais do que uma vez):
It’s funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assume it’s time to go out and get a job. But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In fact, if you’re reasonably intelligent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can do to support yourself.
Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when you’re working. Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working? Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?
The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate.
And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat. In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years? Will your job even exist then?
Many employees believe that getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves. […] Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (i.e. “you’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you? Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?
The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just plain silly. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.
Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Such incestuous relations are social dead ends. An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens.
EDIT: nem de propósito… o Dilbert de hoje:
As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on. We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we? That would ruin everything.
Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about the problems at their companies? But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s problem. It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards. If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free. You’ve become your master’s property.
E há muito, muito mais.
Claro que a maioria de vocês vai dizer que aquilo “não é realista”, que nem toda a gente tem capacidade para ser criativa e inteligente a vida toda, e que é muito mais fácil e viável aprender um pequeno número de skills, e passar o resto da vida a fazer isso e apenas isso… afinal, “é o que toda a gente faz”.