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Why do ‘Captain Bringdowns’ stay at jobs they hate?

Why do people keep jobs they hate? I could understand the money or benefits, but why do something you don’t like doing?

Didier R., Sexual Orientation: Straight, Race : Hispanic/Latino (may be any race), City : Chicago, State : IL, Country : United States, Occupation : student, 8815


I think anyone who’s ever been in the position you’re describing understands. I manage a municipal solid waste district and can honestly say I hate every minute of it. What I live to do is write (songs, books, stories, etc.). I started as a newspaper reporter but couldn’t pay back my student loans on the wage. Now I write a lot of free-lance stuff on the side, but I can’t stand being a bureaucrat. Why do I stay? Well, I am looking for other jobs, but the biggest reason is that I put myself through college and have loans to pay back. I also see elderly people who lose their homes because they don’t have any retirement savings. Yeah, I could quit and go on welfare, but then what? I’d end up sitting on a street corner praying that my book goes bestseller; in the meantime I’m getting older, and nobody on this planet is going to take care of me.

So why do we work jobs we hate? Because it’s better than the alternative, which is being a live-at-home-punk or welfare-bum. Either way, I’d rather be dead than do that. I have a hard time respecting people who quit their jobs, live at home and leech off their parents and spouse. Grow up and take care of yourself! Do what you have to do. Nobody likes cleaning up garbage, but where would you be if someone didn’t?

Brian23034, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation: Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Christian, Age : 24, City : Kokomo, State : IN, Country : United States, Occupation : management, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class

I am convinced that some people do not think they are supposed to like their jobs. I am also convinced that some people just like to complain. Everywhere I’ve worked, I have almost immediately run into a ‘Captain Bringdown’ — a self-appointed critic of everything about the company and the job who is miserable, tries to make everyone else miserable, yet continues to hang on. Now I am in an odd situation. I have credentials that would, if I pursued it and made the right contacts, allow me to make several times the money I make right now — but I would have to work 10-12 hours per day, and when I weren’t working, I would have to socialize with materialistic people who don’t share my values or interests. Or on the other hand, I could devote myself to my true passions — writing, creative arts and Christian ministry — but I would have no money and no security. So I continue to do what I am doing now — working in a profession I have been in for several years, which is below the threshold of my credentials but still a challenging, stimulating job. I make all of the money I need and save quite a bit, I have considerable job security and get along great with the people I work with. I don’t have to work endless hours and have time for my hobbies, family, and church activities. Realistically I expect nothing more out of work and am thankful for what I have.

Augustine23645, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation: Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 39, City : Columbia, State : SC, Country : United States, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class

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