Working by Studs Terkel
As humans, having a job is not only something we have to do, but something that helps us survive in many ways, including the money we generate by working to buy things, having something to place our energy towards, and putting our minds to use. Without work, our society could not function, and neither could our bodies. Why, then, has working received a negative connotation, and the only thing people look forward to when they get their first job, is the day they retire? It could be because people lack personal satisfaction in their job, and this thing that is natural and free about us has become a source of unhappiness. Or it could be that humans are no longer themselves when they work.
If you are experiencing these same negative feelings about working, you are not alone. In this book, Terkel interviews hundreds of people from all kinds of working conditions and you will find that someone has it worse than you do. However, by reading this book, you will see that some people have had enough with this cycle of unhappiness, and found other work that is more suitable for them. Take Fred Ringley, for example. He took his family from his “American Dream Life” in Illinois to rural Arkansas and had a fresh start as a farmer. He says, “I feel healthier than I’ve ever felt in my life.” You can, too! If the American Dream isn’t what it’s stacked up to be, there is nothing wrong with trying something new. Stop becoming a tool of your tools, and start becoming the artist and master of them.
“Although I didn’t move to a new city like some of the people in this book, I did find a new job that makes me happier than I ever thought I could be… and it’s all because of this book!” -Taryn Rose, former surgical resident, current shoe designer, CEO