You’re going to have to get a job. In fact, you’re going to have to get several jobs over the course of your career. Blue collar jobs. White collar jobs. Weekend gigs. You will probably do many different things for money.

You might get lucky and like some of those jobs. You might like the people you work with. The pay might be great and you might have great benefits.

You might even fall in love with your company’s brand and try your hardest to live out the core values.

But most of the time, there’s going to be something about your job that you can’t stand. You might even consider it torture.

Here are some of the more common causes of worker discontent:

– shitty commute

– lack of attractive female coworkers (or any)

– shitty pay

– lack of health benefits

– asshole manager

– indifference toward the company’s core values

– depressing office /worksite location (such as in the ghetto or near a highway)

– long, stressful hours

– sitting at a desk all day

Those are a few that came to mind.

Get used to them because at some point, you will more than likely experience some of those.

I know everyone has aspirations of becoming a successful entrepreneur once they turn 18 or once they finish school but it’s not likely to happen.

It’s very common for young entrepreneurs who achieve massive success with a start up early on to have been rich kids who were initially funded by their parents. Not everyone has this luxury.

If your parents are not going to help you out financially, then you are going to have to get a job.

You must work. And that’s great. Everyone should have experience in the workforce.

Considering how difficult it is to get a job in today’s market, you should be grateful you have an opportunity to work.

I’ve reiterated time and time again how difficult it was for me to get a job in 2013. It was the most frustrating time of my life.

When I got my first job out of school, words couldn’t describe how grateful I was when I initially got the good news.

In my experience, it’s a good thing to work different jobs.

Blue collar jobs are great because they harden you and teach you how to use your hands. This is a little known source of big-time confidence.

Most importantly, blue collar jobs teach you to strive for something greater.

Nothing sucked more than helping my uncle work on cars in freezing cold temperatures with the heaters off and nothing but a small flashlight to see.

Furthermore, nothing was more tiresome than getting up at 5:00 AM to go work for my uncle’s friend and dig ditches all day for cash.

I’m grateful for these experiences because they opened up my eyes. I’ve worked beside 45 year old men who had done this type of backbreaking work for their entire lives. And they would probably continue to do so until they gave out.

Those experiences doing back breaking work scared me and taught me to always strive for something greater.

White collar jobs are great because they teach you how to communicate and work well with others. They teach you how to manage others. They teach you how to take orders. They teach you how organizations operate.

And if you’re like me (many of you are), the endless monotony and regimented existence in the system will teach you to strive for something greater. It will drive you to seek entrepreneurship and ownership.

In this episode of The Dorms to Daybeds Podcast, Tony and I discuss blue collar jobs, white collar jobs, and the reality of work experience.

Here are some of the key points we hit:

– defining the blue collar world

– defining the white collar world

– pros of blue collar jobs

– cons of blue collar jobs

– pros of white collar jobs

– cons of white collar jobs


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  1. Silva
    January 24, 2016 at 2:39 am — Reply

    Thoughts on healthcare professionals?
    i.e. doctors, pharmacists, dentists..

    • January 24, 2016 at 4:31 am — Reply

      They fall in with the white collar world.

      Becoming a doctor or dentist is a MASSIVE SCREENING PROCESS. They really put you through the ringer and this is even more so the case if you decide to go in to surgery.

      Think about it.

      College- have to get high GPA and ace MCAT or DAT to get in to school
      MED School/Dental School- have to endure 4 years of additional schooling and hands on experience
      If you continue on to surgery, you have to do a residency…

  2. Lion
    February 12, 2016 at 1:12 am — Reply

    honestly I’d advise any young man to get a sales job specifically b2b sales.

    Everyone cannot be a genius as IQ is predetermined. At one point I wanted to get a degree in computer science. After failing calc 2 twice and struggling to get through my programming classes. I had to call it quits. I wasn’t a terrible programmer, I could code but even if I had stuck with it I would’ve been a mediocre programmer at best. It would have been tough for me to compete in the job market.

    I was a social enough guy that I could hold a convo and getting on the phone to sell to a complete stranger didn’t scare me too much. At the end of the day I felt like that was my only option to make lots of money in a career as a young professional in his 20s.

    There really was no better option for me but to get a sales job. Commission is where the money is at. You get paid performance not on hours put in. There’s a difference and once you realize that you’ll never truly won’t to go back to working an hourly job.

    Sales is the only career where there’s such a low barrier to entry but the potential to make lots of money is high.

    • February 12, 2016 at 3:07 am — Reply

      Yes. Sales is a great job all around.

      You can make money. You can also speed up the “breaking out of your shell” process.

      Thanks for commenting!

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