Eighty-Percent of the American Workforce Want a Job Change

If you’re one of them, and you’re good at what you do, here’s some great advice to help break free

Jim Farina


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I’ve worked various jobs in the span of my years. I’ve enjoyed much of these experiences, and I hated some of my assignments too. Even if they love their work, most people have some aspect of their job that is loathsome.

In all my varied experiences, no matter how shitty the work, I always found the relationships and friendships I formed made any shit job worth suffering.

Now I’m in a place where I both love the job and the people — most of them anyway. I’ve learned getting the most out of any job has much to do with adjusting our mindset.

I’ve worked as a stock boy on a factory line. I’ve cut lenses and assembled eyeglass frames in an optical lab. I’ve worked in and managed retail stores for a prominent footwear chain. I even taught driving lessons for a stint.

The vast majority of my working years were spent in market research, where I wore different hats within the same company. I worked in production and printing, the marketing department as a copywriter, and I currently work for the company in logistics and product placement.

Some people feel trapped in a toxic work culture. Some are stuck in a job they’re great at but don’t enjoy. So why do so many people put up with bad jobs for so long?

The Success Trap answers many of these questions — and shows you what to do about them. An estimated 80% of individuals in the western workforce want to change jobs — if you’re one of them, then this book might be a good resource for you.

Success is an easy trap to get caught into

The workplace model has changed drastically since I first entered it some decades ago. Wages are stagnant while the cost of living soars. AI is threatening human job security day by day.

According to a 2017 survey ranking 40 activities, paid work came in at second to last worst for overall well-being. According to the study participants, being sick in bed was the only thing worse.