Passionate Pursuit of Purpose

Prison has great benefits (It’s not you It’s Me)

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Finding Destiny | 0 comments

Do you feel imprisoned at your job?

Do you feel imprisoned at your job?

I was preparing a tax return and the client asked me if I could work for the IRS.  I said, “I could, but why would I want too?”  His response “They have great benefits.”

I quickly replied, “Prison has better benefits.”

Prison benefits:

  • Free housing
  • Free food
  • Free exercise equipment
  • Free medical care
  • Free cable
  • Free education

When I first graduated college I had a “great” job at Ford Motor in Dearborn Michigan.  I have been a Ford fan ever since I can remember.  12 of the 18 vehicles I have purchased have been Fords.  I was getting to work for my favorite car company!!!

The pay was great for a fresh grad. The benefits were even better.  I really liked how the upper management would focus on things they could fix (Which is why they didn’t go bankrupt and get a bailout).

But….  I hated my job.  After just 5 weeks I was so frustrated driving to work one morning; realizing  I just didn’t want to be there.  After an attempt by some awesome finance managers to transfer me to a more fulfilling position (halted by bureaucratic HR people); I resigned after just 3 months and 1 day on the job.

I still like Ford, and believe it is a well-run company.  I just didn’t fit in that environment.  I had to let them know “It is not you, it is me.”  I am not one who will let golden handcuffs keep me in a job I hate.

Some people like Golden Handcuffs.

Some people like Golden Handcuffs.


That experience was a great step in defining what type of organization I work with the best.  It was not a bad experience, quite on the contrary it was wonderful.  It taught me about me.  It is a major contributing factor as to why, I know I won’t enjoy working for the IRS.

The benefits of a job do not matter to me when making a decision where to work.  This doesn’t mean they should not matter to you.  Our first responsibility is to be responsible adults and provide for our family’s needs. I make choices to forgo certain luxuries at this stage of life, so I can be free from the grey walls of a prison.”

Are great benefits “golden handcuffs” keeping you in a job you detest?