Reasons Why You Should
a Job So You Don't
Ever Have to Not
No doubt you already know that I am the author of How to Retire
Happy, Wild, and Free (over 250,000 copies sold) and The Joy of Not
Working(over 275,000 copies sold).
It occurred to me a few days after the last edition of the book was published that it would have been cool to
have included a list about why people shouldn't have a job period.
So, instead of appearing in the book, here are the top 10
reasons why you shouldn't work: (Also see Top-10 Reasons to
Never Work at a Real Job).
1. Although they will never admit it, your ex-boss and ex-coworkers will be green with envy.
2. You can get up at the "crack of noon" every day instead of the "crack of dawn."
3. Your creditors can't garnish your wages if you don't make any.
4. When someone new asks you what you do for a living, you can say that you are mentally and spiritually too
prosperous to work.
5. You can have a business card made up that says: "Leisureologist: My Job is Having Fun".
6. Not having a job will really irk all you relatives (and your in-laws too if you have any).
7. Listening to the Retirement Plan of David
Letterman on Late Night with David Letterman can be the
first TV you watch in the evening instead of the last.
8. You won't waste time reading the Dilbert cartoon every day because you won't relate to it anymore.
9. You can wear your The Joy of Not
Working T- Shirt with pride.
10. The wise don't work.
Quotations about Work and Jobs to
Both in Proper
Here are my favorite quotes relating to why you shouldn't have a job:
My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather
read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh - anything but work.
- Abraham Lincoln
How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years gotten enough to eat and
escaped being eaten?
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many
- Robert Louis Stevenson
One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is
work. You can't eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours - all
you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable
- William Faulkner
The man who does not betake himself at once and desperately to sawing is called a loafer, though he may be
knocking at the doors of heaven all the while.
- Henry David Thoreau
There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no
harm. Second, there are the hard-working
intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third,
there are the hard-working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create
irrelevant work for everyone. Finally, there are the intelligent lazy ones. They are suited for the highest
-General von Manstein about the German Officer Corps
Always do one thing less than you think you can do.
- Bernard Baruch
What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have
done it. Who was it who said, "Blessed is the man who has found his work"? Whoever it was he had the right
idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work - not somebody else's work. The work that is really a man's own
work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it.
When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows
who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can
they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The
product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great.
- Mark Twain
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?
- Phyllis Diller
I say to hell with the work you have to do to earn a living! That kind of work does us no honor; all it does
is fill up the bellies of the pigs who exploit us. But the work you do because you like to do it, because
you've heard the call, you've got a vocation - that's ennobling! We should all be able to work like that. Look
at me, Saturno - I don't work. And I don't care if they hang me, I won't work! Yet I'm alive! I may live badly,
but at least I don't have to work to do it!
- Luis Buñuel
Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches.
- Donald A. Miller
To the mad every day is a holiday.
- Turkish proverb
The rich don't work for money.
- Robert T. Kiyosaki
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
- Christopher Morley
One last note: I just love this article called 10 Reasons You
Should Never Get a Job.
COPYRIGHT © 2017 by
Ernie J. Zelinski
Author of The World's Best