The main point of Bullshit Jobs is that we have created a society where some people work just for the sake of working. The book itself rambles from idea to idea like a textbook with way too many testimonials. Borderline painful to read.
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• Bullshit jobs often pay quite well and tend to offer excellent working conditions. They’re just pointless. Shit jobs are usually not at all bullshit; they typically involve work that needs to be done and is clearly of benefit to society; it’s just that the workers who do them are paid and treated badly.
• Shit jobs tend to be blue collar and pay by the hour, whereas bullshit jobs tend to be white collar and salaried.
• If 1 percent of the population controls most of the disposable wealth, what we call “the free market” reflects what they think is useful or important.
• If 37% to 40% of jobs are completely pointless, and at least 50% of the work done in nonpointless office jobs is equally pointless, we can probably conclude that at least half of all work being done in our society could be eliminated without making any real difference at all.
• We could easily become societies of leisure and institute a twenty-hour workweek. Maybe even a fifteen-hour week. Instead, we find ourselves, as a society, condemned to spending most of our time at work, performing tasks that we feel make no difference in the world whatsoever.
• Men are far more likely to feel that their jobs are pointless (42%) than women do. (32%)
• “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotion makes a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” -Nikola Tesla
• No one ever called someone up 20 years later to thank them for being such an aspiring insurance claims adjuster.