You Are What You Do

Carl Jung said, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do”, and The Fixx sang “Do what they say, say what you mean”, actually these things have nothing to do with the other, but since your job is what you do, not who you are as a person, you should not let it define you.  I have had many jobs in my lifetime and I read that the average person changes jobs about 12 times during their career.  Job-hopping is defined as spending less than two years in a position and this can be beneficial and healthy leading to diverse experience, an ability to pick things up quickly and it may be the quickest way to get a raise.  Experts say that too much can be really bad for you, as this will raise a red flag with prospective employers who think that you lack loyalty.

I shattered the curve, as I had 12 jobs before I ended High School.  My first job was working as a solicitor, I walked around the neighborhood selling seeds (vegetables and flowers) door to door that would be delivered through the mail.  The company gave me some sample packets of seeds and a catalog that the potential customers could browse through and then order.  It wasn’t a bad job, but eventually you exhaust the supply of relatives and neighbors and then the job ends.

I lived in Milwaukee when I was young and I made money shoveling driveways, which was not steady work, but Milwaukee does get a lot of snow.  I had a lemonade stand and I raked leaves for money in the autumn.  I also made money cutting lawns and when I got older, I had a paper route.  I worked as a pet sitter and a dog walker.  In High School, I got a job working as a busboy in a restaurant and then I worked as a bagger for a grocery store.  I worked at the country club as a golf caddy and also as a valet parking attendant.

After High School, I got a job as a mover working for a moving company.  I worked as a janitor cleaning office buildings.  I worked at the car wash and I had a job as a vacuum cleaner salesperson.  I worked in a carpentry shop and I made rollers for the newspaper printing industry.  My older sister paid me to watch her boys, but I was like the worst babysitter ever. My dad paid me to be his helper when he got side jobs installing antennas.  I had a job that required me to assemble a crew of boys and canvas different neighborhoods for newspaper sales.  I worked as a swimming pool installer and I also worked as a landscaper.  I worked as an order filling clerk in a company that sold legal supplies.

I worked in a plumbing warehouse and in a steel mill.  I worked as a mixer in a place that made frozen cheesecakes.  I worked in a factory making roof trusses.  I worked in a cosmetics warehouse and I worked on the receiving dock at a shipping company.  I worked as a stacker in a factory that made targets that people would shoot at.  I worked as a helper in a panel shop that required me to do many different things.  Thus, I had 12 different jobs before graduating High School and another 21 after High School, bringing my total to 33 different jobs and I may have even missed one or two.  After graduating college, I had a lot of jobs which is for another post, but most of my time I worked as a consultant, so I often had 3 to 4 different jobs in a year.  I have never held a job for more than three years.

12 thoughts on “You Are What You Do

  1. Wow, I thought I had a lot…I had 11 jobs in less than a year during my senior year and until a year after. The absolute worse was an Olan Mills salesman…I left there and tried construction which I liked better.

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      1. And the thing is I didn’t get fired from any of them… The one I quit was the Olan Mills job…I’m no salesman…but I sold one package of pictures but I hated it.

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  2. Starting a new job is something I usually think of as stressful. Maybe that’s why I stayed with one agency, and mostly one job as a counselor, for 30 plus years. I wondered if I stayed there too long – for the security. That’s why I admire your sense of adventure, your ability to start something new. Makes me think you must be a fast learner.

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  3. Thanks Joanna and my career was quite an adventure. I would like to think that I am a fast learner, but one thing for sure is that I was able to get on board and start running a lot faster than employees who only worked for a few companies, because I was very adaptable.


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