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Old 11-30-09, 02:36 PM   #1
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The best, low stress job (you ever had) ?

Hi Guys,

I wanted to ask for ideas, opinions and experiences in terms of low stress employment.

To clarify:
-I did a little research. Librarian, janitor and Florist are some of the least stress jobs, i will consider those. But there must be way more! Any personal experiences?
-Any job that allows you to just be there and write or internet half the time rather than actually working is a big plus.
-With Minimum wages here what i get paid or career is not a concern. I can get by doing most things. Very likely even part time.
-No night work, adverse to health.
-A lot of people say you should do what you love. Did that. It was disappointing. High stress and the company moving in a direction i disliked. The stress sapped my motivation and made me sick. Will likely be laid off in about 4 months. I found this excellent essay that really made me reconsider this notion of combining love/work. http://ranprieur.com/essays/dropout.html

The most salient bits of that essay i qoute below.

So any recommendations? Cheers.
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"Do not try to find a job doing what you love. This is my most radical advice. There are some people in the world who have jobs they love so much that they would do them for free. If you become one of these people, you will probably get there not through planning but through luck, by doing what you love for free until somehow the money starts coming in. But if you make an effort to combine your income and your love, you are likely to end up compromising both, making a poverty income by doing something you don't quite love, or no longer love. For example, if you decide to become a chef because you love cooking, it will probably make you hate cooking, because cooking will become linked in your mind to all the bull**** around the job.

-What I recommend instead is to separate your money from your love. Get the most low-stress source of income that you can find, and then do exactly what you love for free. It might eventually make you money or it might not. "Do what you love and the money will follow" is a lie. The real rule is: "If you're doing what you love, you won't care if you never make any money from it -- but you still need money."

Do not drop out. Instead, try to stop yourself from committing suicide until you can find a job that is so non-hellish that it does not make you suicidal, and then stay at that job, or an even better one if you can find it, for several decades. Grab what fun you can on the weekends, save up money, enjoy your retirement, and you will have lived a pretty good life."
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Funny you should say that. That is what i do! Bike mech. Except not self employed. Which is the whole problem. Any more ideas anyone?
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Anyone actually had those jobs or have any idea how one goes about getting them?
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easiest way to get the job. go into a bike shop on a clean bike that works right, be polite. and ask for the job
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My current job. I work from home, work with customers that are very laid back and even though I'm on call 24/7, I've only gotten 1 call this year. Not bad.... Get to surf the web all day from the comfort of my SOHO in my sweat pants and t-shirt. Plus the money is nice.
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Anyone actually had those jobs or have any idea how one goes about getting them?
Government? Saturate your local municipalities, county and any other agencies you can think of with applications. If you can't get hired permanently, try to get on as a temp or intern.
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There is no such thing because it is human nature to work harder with an easy job to find one's work comfort zone. In fact, you can stress more when you accomplish less.

Of course then there are lazy people but I can't explain them.
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There is no such thing because it is human nature to work harder with an easy job to find one's work comfort zone. In fact, you can stress more when you accomplish less.

Of course then there are lazy people but I can't explain them.

You know what? I was thinking this exact same thing. I never had a low stress job because if I had to opportunity to do more and be better at it, I went for it.
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Sell Apple products. Those damn things sell themselves.
+1. I was lurking in a maul when my iPod ran outta juice, I sauntered into the local Apple store to give 'er a charge, ended up talking to some employee dude there for like 40 mins about computers, macs, iPods etc etc etc. He wasn't really trying to sell me anything, either...seemed like a real low stress place to work.
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Delivering blood as a courier for the red cross was my low stress job. Drive drive drive. Stop. Drive more.
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