I was looking out the window in an office building just off Union Square in New York when the base idea for this project occurred to me. At that time, I was at the bottom of the food chain for a computer consulting company in New York. Not that that was a bad job. Indeed, I enjoyed it somewhat.
But, if one is going to spend 8 hours a day doing something, one had better make sure that this is something that one really wants to do, or at the very least, that it is the best you can do. We’ve all seen the stereotypes of the working man who works the 8 hour day, plops in front of the TV set, sleeps at 10, and gets up the next day to repeat the ritual. Very few people would choose such a lifestyle, but the plain fact is that it is just too easy to do. Very few people have the luxury of choosing an ideal job or even a good job. Very few jobs are energizing enough to leave one with a sense of wanting to do anything particularly active at the end of the day. Plus there is just way too much good TV these days.
Given that few people would choose such a life as they lead and that at least half the world population spends at least half their waking moments doing things they really would rather not do, it is interesting to see what people think about this situation. Perhaps we are wrong and people enjoy their jobs….but we would bet is that people who spend 40 hours on anything have something interesting to say about it.
So if you can spare some time, please send us some thoughts about what you do, what you enjoy about it, what you would like changed, and what your job means to you.
This site was inspired by Studs Terkel’s 1970s book, “Working”, which chronicles the work lives of various people, so that we can all get an idea of what other people do. This is your chance to get out all your frustrations and dreams. Perhaps millions of people will read it someday….or perhaps not, but at the very least, we hope it will feel good to share your thoughts with others who access this site.
We look forward to hearing from you….
- Ravi Iyer