Originally posted by Nyorai
reply to post by deadbang
I heard in some places of Italy it is fairly lenient and it is common to take a couple hours off for lunch or to take a nap during the day. So I
definitely agree we overwork ourselves. But is it really worth it?
I think what you really should be asking yourself, is whether it's worth working yourself to death and not the other way around (as it seems to be
pointed out in your post.)
I have always had this sort of saying. There are three different kinds of people in the work world. People who work for a living, people who live to
work, and people who live for themselves.
The people who work for a living are your average 9-5 ers that at least have some personal time for themselves and their family (Which I still
honestly think it's just too much time working).
The people who live to work is pretty self explanitory. These are people that are so engrossed with their job that they won't take a time off, even
if the job stinks. I used to work for a company where everyone but me was like this. They would work from 9-10 pm with NO overtime pay. But it didn't
matter to them because they "had" to do it. They never understood that NO you don't "have" to do anything! if you're miserable in your job and
you're not even getting paid for your extra time put in your work, then you shouldn't be working there. I got fired from that job because I didn't
conform to their work habits (staying later than I legally should). Not to mention some of their very illegal practices. Go figure.
The people who work for themselves are not who you think they are (not in my honest opinion, not by my definition anyway). Maybe I should clarify that
these are people that work for their career. People that put all their efforts toward reaching their dream job. Here you have your actors, artists,
directors, writers, musicians, sports athletes, video game testers, business owners etc. etc. etc. What is the difference between these people and the
other two? simple, they actually enjoy what they do, even if there are some hard times. But this doesn't mean that they have to be in the world of
stardom to have a "career" one can for example, pursue a career in biology, archeology, accounting, and the list goes on. These are the people that
don't dread going to work, or see their work as "just another job to put food on the table" but as an experience that challenges them to be better.
Do people who fit this description usually have or end up with a lot of money? God no! it would be very naive to think so. There are still many actors
out there that have a crummy job because they still haven't reached stardom. There are still many people who open a business because its their dream.
But then it comes crashing down because of lack of experience. I think this would make for an interesting question as well. What kind of person would
you rather be? the average worker? the worker who works too much because they're panicked about loosing their job? Or the one that will take a big
chance in actually doing something they actually want to do.
But I digress, I apologize for going off topic there. I think that it is very sad to see people overwork themselves to death. I think there's a big
problem when you work so much, you can't properly maintain your house, raise your kids because you're not home long enough to be with them. I do
think that the europeans have some good ideas worth adopting. I say enough with this stupid ego trip of the chest pounding "working american" the
"oh we'll show them we're better because we can handle working longer" Working long hours does not equal better, and anyone that thinks that way
isbeing very naive. The better worker is not the one that works the longest to perform a task, but the one that finds a more efficient way of doing
the same task in a lot less time. You want to get rich? follow that idea. "working hard" is an outdated motto and now a days should really be
replaced with "working smart". Don't get me wrong. Some hard work will be necessary, but the idea is to outdo the effort or time needed. Why else
do you think we have computers today instead of doing everything by paper like before?