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75 Reasons to Hate the Rat Race

| July 8, 2009 | 16 Comments

Author Matt Wilson is co-founder of Under30CEO, challenging people to defy the 9-5, stop doing stuff you hate and get innovative. Wilson graduated from Bryant University with a clear goal of starting his own business and while there, led Bryant University to becoming the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization of the year and became National Student Leader of the Year.

Rat Race–as defined by Wikipedia:

A rat race is a term used for an endless, self-defeating or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape whilst running around a maze or in a wheel…

The increased image of work as a “rat race” in modern times has led many to question their own attitudes to work and seek a better alternative; a more harmonious Work-life balance. Many believe that long work hours, unpaid overtime, stressful jobs, time spent commuting, less time for family life and/or friends life, has led to a generally unhappier workforce/population unable to enjoy the benefits of increased economic prosperity and a higher standard of living.

Without further a due, here are 75 Reasons to Hate the Rat Race. Start sweating this one out now…

  1. Watercooler talk–yes, I do come here often
  2. Schmoozing–no, I don’t enjoy seeing you here everyday
  3. Commuting–it really does feel like a rat race down the interstate
  4. Traffic–why should I have to leave my house at the same time all these other idiots
  5. Lunch Break–shouldn’t we all have the right to consume food when we want?
  6. Break Room–sweet, a room to waste time in
  7. Cubicles–my very own cage
  8. Company Policy–all of them
  9. Company Dresscode–leaves little room for the imagination
  10. Desks–I work better from the couch
  11. Gossip–who cares how much the guy in the cube next to me is getting paid
  12. Politics–can’t we all just be friends?
  13. 5 day work weeks–what if I want to work 14 straight and take a week off?
  14. Asking permission–to do anything–how old are we?
  15. Bureaucracies–they make everything more difficult, no matter how simple
  16. Office memos–nobody cares
  17. I’m Not Doing What I Love–then what are you doing?
  18. My Childhood Dreams are Spoiled–did you say you wanted to crunch numbers all day as a kid?
  19. Making Someone Else Rich–someone is capitalizing off of YOU
  20. Your Boss–mainly just the fact that you have one
  21. Being on the Slow Train to nowhere–and the expression “keep on chugging”
  22. The expression–”Same Shit, Different Day”– really?
  23. Wasting Time–time is never wasted, when you’re always wasted…wait, that was college
  24. Rules–they aren’t meant to be broken
  25. Florescent lighting–hard on the eyes
  26. We are viewed as Human Capital–sad but true
  27. We are the laborers–I want laborers of my own
  28. Firewalls–no Twitter and YouTube at work?! What the hell am I going to do all day?
  29. Raises–or lack there of
  30. Saving–you could be investing in yourself and your business and watch your money multiply
  31. You probably aren’t using your talent to it’s fullest
  32. Lack of fulfillment–does doing your job make you smile?
  33. Feeling like you’ve been hearded like cattle
  34. Living life on someone else’s terms
  35. People saying “well at least I have a job right now”–at least means worse case scenario
  36. Someone else is control of your destiny.
  37. Bordem–the rat race isn’t very stimulating
  38. Lifelessness–the same thing day in and day out?
  39. Entrapment–let me out of here.
  40. Being defined by Job Title–I’m a person not a software engineer
  41. The question: “What do you do”– oh, hello, yes, I sit in a cube all day, wishing I was elsewhere
  42. Wishing you were elsewhere
  43. Lack of choices.
  44. Lack of fun.
  45. Lack of mobility.
  46. Lack of contribution.
  47. Lack of passion.
  48. Lack of creativity.
  49. Unnecessary meetings–life is too short to waste time
  50. 9-5–who decided these were my most productive hours?
  51. 8 hour days–why should you be told what to do with a 1/3 of your life?
  52. Thoughts of Slavery–I was 1/3 slave once
  53. Being Told What to Do– ugh.
  54. Stolen Staplers–and even worse…
  55. Stolen Stapler Jokes
  56. Boss’ Bad Jokes–please tell me you don’t laugh anyway
  57. Feeling like you are on the Slow Train to Nowhere
  58. Working this hard to Retire–then what? Sit around?
  59. Working for money, instead of money working for you
  60. Fearing for your Job
  61. Layoffs.
  62. What’s a pension?
  63. Job=Just Over Broke
  64. Get a Raise, better go get a bigger house/car
  65. The more you make, the more you leverage yourself
  66. Productivity doesn’t lead to more vacation, just more work
  67. Keeping up with the Jones
  68. Gripping the steering wheel like it did something to you
  69. Road Rage–take it easy, it’s no way to live your life.
  70. Low Standard of Living–sure it’s better than it could be, but it could be a hell of a lot better!
  71. You Can’t Have it All–if that’s the mindset you’re in.
  72. Saving Fun for Later–it seems like tomorrow will never come
  73. Rushing everywhere–hurry up so you can relax!
  74. The fact that we know we can “do anything we put our mind to”, but we don’t.
  75. Settling.
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  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O'Toole

    #5 – Lunch breaks – I always hated having to wait for a specific time to go eat!
    #50 – 9-5 – Not my most productive hours by far! More like 12-12
    #65 – its so true that most people simply get raises and then just leverage that more. Never ending cycle.
    #74 – It's such a weird fact of life. Everyone knows they can do anything they put their mind to. Yet they don't!!!

    Great post!!!

  • Colleen

    This post brings up some (lots!) of things that need to be fixed in the working world… but I think I'm missing the message/point of the post: Inspiration for a glass 1/2 empty pity party, just-to-brag, or entrepreneurship ad?

    There's something to learn from all three… and it certainly seems to be all three. I think it's a successful post because I certainly react to it. I've personally never felt more than a few of these on a day-to-day basis (max– and I work in very hierarchical nonprofit environments) and certainly haven't felt this much hostility toward any work environment. If anything, I hope this post makes people who suffer from more than ten of these items (without feeling equal or greater benefits) reconsider working in that environment and switch to a better job that respects their worth– or that allows them to respect their own worth. If that's leaving and starting their own company, that's really great!

    But I also want to point out that networking, patience, teamwork, and group leadership are important lessons that can be learned in work environments– and that's only a few. Most of the item on this list are subjective or indicate a lack of ambition or self-worth on the part of the employee… which I'll admit doesn't make them less valid complaints; I just wanted to make note of it.

    Overall– interesting, thought provoking post. I'm looking forward to reading more.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hi Colleen, thanks for your open and honest thoughts. The point of this post and in fact the mission of Under30CEO as a company is to make people feel uncomfortable enough to make a change in their lives. We look to target people's emotions and stir up feelings that make people think. I'm glad we did this for you.

    It's not really about right or wrong, it's about whatever makes people happy on a daily basis. U30 is looking to develop young business people in all facets of life–whether they just landed that corporate job or are striking out on their own. We are however very biased as entrepreneurs ourselves that making your own path is far more fulfilling than following one that has been set out for you.

    Wherever you are in your professional career make sure you are learning, b/c that's the only way to accelerate the pace at which you succeed!

  • http://voyagner.com/ Dan

    I hate that you actually end up paying a fair bit of money in the end for the displeasure of working for someone else.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hi Colleen, thanks for your open and honest thoughts. The point of this post and in fact the mission of Under30CEO as a company is to make people feel uncomfortable enough to make a change in their lives. We look to target people's emotions and stir up feelings that make people think. I'm glad we did this for you.

    It's not really about right or wrong, it's about whatever makes people happy on a daily basis. U30 is looking to develop young business people in all facets of life–whether they just landed that corporate job or are striking out on their own. We are however very biased as entrepreneurs ourselves that making your own path is far more fulfilling than following one that has been set out for you.

    Wherever you are in your professional career make sure you are learning, b/c that's the only way to accelerate the pace at which you succeed!

  • http://voyagner.com/ Dan

    I hate that you actually end up paying a fair bit of money in the end for the displeasure of working for someone else.

  • makin

    IF THIS DON'T MAKE ME GET OFF MY ASS… I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL!
    AND I WONDER WHY I'M GAINING WEIGHT! CAUSE I'VE BEEN SITTING BEHIND A DESK FOR TO LONG, SINGING THE SAME SONG, IT'S CALLED “IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN HELP YOU WITH” UGH

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O'Toole

    haha well i hope it does!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Go get 'em! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you– matt @under30ceo.com

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    and making someone else wealthy instead of yourself!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Go get 'em! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you– matt @under30ceo.com

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    and making someone else wealthy instead of yourself!

  • Skg

    This is why everyone should be their own boss. I wish more people would be self employed land owners instead of employee renters, aka slaves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HDPTH3SY6NSSQR4FTOWPV5ACFI I Love Nihon!

    OMG! It appears that I wrote this myself! That is why I am going to medical school next year, travel, and start my own business! I am sick of this cubicle, it’s like a slow death. I cannot stand it!!! I hate it when people say “Oh, I wish I had your job” or “What do you do?”. I am young, no kids, not married, why waste my life like this???? 

  • Desk Grunt

    Pretty much sums up my thoughts, word for word.

  • Desk Grunt

    Pretty much sums up my thoughts, word for word.