Author Franklin Schneider can hold down a job. It’s just that he really doesn’t want to.
In his humorous new book, “Canned: How I Lost Ten Jobs in Ten Years and Learned to Love Unemployment,” Schneider enumerates all of his real unemployment and employment stories. From detasseling corn in Iowa and a stint at an oatmeal cookie factory to becoming one of the most triumphant telemarketers in America, he finally figured out that no matter what job you have, “you are either being exploited or you are exploiting someone.”
From all of these adventures, Schneider has decided that working a full-time job is nothing more than working in a dysfunctional system. “There is nothing worse than doing something you don’t want to do,” says the career renegade. “When you get out of college, you do this desperate job search and you stay because you are scared to come out of it.”
But as Schneider experienced (many times) being canned might not be the worse thing to happen to you. It can be very liberating. After all, the people that have that job today “are people with something to lose.” They are the ones “hoping to survive the next round of cuts” as they spend hours “poring over mortgage statements and investment portfolios and clasping their foreheads and asking, ‘How, how did this happen?’”
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