A Whimsical Look at the Best and Worst Jobs

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(This post comes from Bryan at Pinch that Penny! as a part of Yakezie Blog Swap #12.  Bryan claims to write about saving money so that he can pursue his passions, but a lot of his posts discuss how non-financial items resemble financial issues.  Oh, the whimsy!)  Read my thoughts on the best and worst job at Pinch that Penny.

People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden what the best and worst jobs are and why.  I modestly reply that to see my answer, they’re going to have to visit Bucksome Boomer on Friday the 14th of October, 2011.*

If you’re reading these words, then the long wait is finally over.  It is time to let the world know my opinion on this deeply pressing issue, and I am ready to give it.  You betcha.

Unfortunately, I’ve been watching a little too much Food Network (“Chopped” in particular), and I keep seeing chefs prepare one item of food in more than one way, and this notion has spilled over into my blogging practices.  Therefore, I will present to you, the reading public, my ideas for the best and worst jobs prepared three ways.

1)  The Insightful Way – Have you ever spent a sunny afternoon looking out the window of your cubicle and wishing that you were anywhere but there?  You feel like you could make a difference in the world, but you’re stuck monotonously pressing buttons on the keyboard?

You’re not alone.  For a lot of people, the worst job in the world is the one that they currently have due to the fact that the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence (in this metaphor, the best job in the world is represented by the other side of the fence).  This is too bad in a lot of ways, because if people would put more effort into jobs they despised, they might find those jobs getting a lot better by means of promotions or strong references to better jobs.  Plus, there is a joy in doing things well, and you might just develop as a person for it.

2)  The Sarcastic Way – Psh.  The best job in the world is obviously being the person who comes up with prompts for blog swaps, and the worst job is actually doing the writing for the blog swaps.  Obviously.**

3)  The Day-Dreamy Way – I love to travel, and a particular favorite means of travel is going on cruises.  I realize that this makes me way dumber than David Foster Wallace and Tina Fey.  In fact, starting this coming Sunday, I will be on a cruise ship seeing some beautiful parts of Central America and Mexico, and it’s going to be great.  With this in mind, I’d say a dream job for me would be a cruise critic (in that I would get paid to go on cruises).  What’s the worst job in the world then?  It’s probably being the person who’s going to have to clean up after me when I hit the buffet (for an approximate visual approximation, please watch this video).***  It’s going to me messy.

Now it’s your turn.  What are some of your ideas for best and worst jobs?  Let us know in the comments.

*Full disclosure:  Nothing of this sort has ever happened.  Should it ever happen, I would be shocked beyond belief, and my shock would express itself in under-utilized exclamations such as “Gadzooks!” and “Egads!”

**Full disclosure:  This is not the actual viewpoint of Bryan.  He is very happy to be a part of Yakezie, and he humbly requests that he not be excommunicated from the group for this brief lapse into levity.

***It’s really not that messy.  Much like the little piglet, I’m actually pretty dainty.

Image by bark.

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Cordelia October 14, 2011 at 6:52 am

Thanks for the linkage! 🙂

krantcents October 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

Very interesting way of looking at worst jobs. I have to agree, if you are longing to do something else, you are not happy. For the lat 10 years, I look forward to go to work (teacher).

Maggie@SquarePennies October 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

Very entertaining way to make your points! My worst job would be on an assembly line because not only would my boredom reach extremely high levels, but my natural clumsiness would probably mean I’d lose a hand or worse.

My best job would also be travel. Perhaps I could review foodie tours of the world! lol

Bryan at Pinch that Penny! October 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for the kind notes on the post! Be sure to check out the swapped post from Bucksome Boomer at http://www.pinchthatpenny.net/2011/10/best-and-worst-jobs-yakezie-blog-swap.html

Squirrelers October 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

True, sometimes people can just deal with the jobs they don’t like and work hard to get promotions, etc. There’s something to be said for focusing on hard work driving achievement, which can lead to happiness.

I think it’s important to find something you truly like to do, as success AND enjoyment will come easier. Keeping in mind, of course, that most jobs aren’t exactly a party…if they were that fun, they wouldn’t be jobs!

Kay Lynn October 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

Good point. What do you call fun that you get paid for?

Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey October 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

You make a very good point about if someone focuses on working hard in their current job (that they hate) and achieving success, they might like it better.

PS – Being the blog swap host does have it’s perks! haha But, the health benefits aren’t so good.

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