In previous posts I have mentioned that many jobs tend toward the assembly line mentality. If you are working on the assembly line you are in a race to the bottom.
There are other aspects of the assembly line mentality that make it harder to leave the assembly line. I used to think this way and I still struggle with this way of thinking, but I am getting better.
Here are some of the main thinking modes that will permanently chain you to the assembly line (or any job for that matter)
Working on the assembly line tends to pay well allowing you to have a high lifestyle. A higher lifestyle is great but many times we go into debt to support this lifestyle. We want to buy toys to have fun as an escape from all the hard work we do. This pile of debt locks us in to the assembly line job. When we are up to our eyeballs in debt we have to do anything we can to keep our job so we can pay our bills. Even if it is eating a mile of crap every day. Do you want to eat a poop sandwich at work every day for toys? I know I don’t.
Next, many people on the line do not know their core strengths. They lack confidence to take another job if they get sick of the crap. This mentality stems from a couple of things. The main falsehood is that seniority is important for you to get the better jobs. In many cases this system works because the more senior people tend to do better based on their experience. But we have all seen someone that gets away with laziness because they have seniority. This hurts the company morale. Also, the more seniority you have the less you want to leave because you think you are giving something up and you will have to start over if you go to a different company (losing seniority does not equal losing your skills).
Finally, there is a management-worker divide. This divide leads to criticism by peers if they leave the assembly line for a management position. Thus less people want to better themselves.
There are solutions to these problems. First is defining your ideal life. Then, use this as your guiding star to make all of your decisions. Is that 4-wheeler going to get you closer to your ideal life or is the debt going to keep you in a job you hate? Next, you need to write down what you are good at. This will help you understand that you have more worth than your seniority and you can move into a job you enjoy.