How to Justify Your Existence While Working for Money-Grubbing Lawyers/Executives

15 Apr

Do you ever wish that what you did for a living seemed worthwhile?  I mean working for a non-profit that’s saving the world, being an emergency room doctor, a therapist or just any job that seems to do good in today’s cruel world?   Main Squeeze works for a non-profit and comes home each day telling me of the people rescued, children fed or babies saved.   My current job never brings warm fuzzies to anyone (especially me) when I tell them what I do for a living.   I say with a grimace, “I work for lawyers.”   I do try to specify it by saying, “Oh no, not like criminal defense lawyers, just business stuff.”   I’m usually met with a blank stare or the person nods off before I finish my sentence.   The way I save the world is when Bad Bosses can’t figure out how to refill the copier, for Christ’s sake – world crisis averted!

What do I come up with to make my job seem worthwhile to the human race (and to myself when I look in the mirror)?  Well, it’s a stretch.  I try to tell myself that I’m helping the business world run and that keeps people employed and that keeps our economy moving!   For virtually every business transaction, for every private and public company, corporate lawyers are needed and that…my friends, is who I work for each week.  

I once liked Bad Bosses so much because I thought they were so intelligent and they tend to dress sharply.  Now…well, I’d rather work with people that seem to care about the world around them and these guys do NOT.  They care about one thing – themselves and their bottom-line and who has the better car, the better house, the better lawn service.  

If I can make one person smile a day, then I feel a bit more worthwhile.    Hopefully, I’ll be the one smiling soon when I see the look of utter shock on Bad Boss’ face when I tell him “I’ve had it, you self-involved, no-nothing, butt-faced jack ass!”

Tomorrow – My Miserable Life as a Call-Screener

8 Responses to “How to Justify Your Existence While Working for Money-Grubbing Lawyers/Executives”

  1. Office1 April 15, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE…when you do give notice..say it exactly like that..and remember all the other rats on the boat will be cheering for you!

  2. Jena April 15, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Your blog is the story of my former life. During college, I interned for a major corporate law firm in Atlanta and was asked to the join the team post graduation. I worked as the Marketing Specialist for about two years before blowing that pop stand (and my demonic wildebeest of a boss – who was fired four months after I left, dammit!) for new adventures.

    No one knows what it’s like to work in a place like that until you’ve lived it. I’d love to know which firm you’re with, but I get why you can’t share, obviously.

  3. alchiketi April 15, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    LD, My dear LD, you DO do (…hehehee i said doodo!) worthwhile stuff! You risk your life to recycle! that is something i cannot claim for myself. You prevent folks like me from ever having to interface with folks like Bad Boss because you’re the person that receives the call and most importantly…you make me laugh every day!

    Saving children, hugging crying women and helping old ladies across the street is overrated.

    making someone laugh everyday…that’s priceless!

  4. Gertie Gabs About Life April 15, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    The same people with the drive to get ahead at all costs exist in non-profit land, they just disguise it cleverly…..which makes it even uglier. Your tales of Bad Boss are great, and pertinent to all work environments.

  5. MB April 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I spent the last 11 years being turtured by a special group of corporate lawyers. The combat paycheck was the only reason I stayed so long. I’ve been there, I know the pain of being disgusted with the people you are forced to serve and please. You have my sympathies.

    The last Dick I worked for was screaming “Kathy, Kathy, Kathy ….” at the top of his lungs so I turned around and asked if he was talking to me and he screamed “yeah” and I said “the reason why I wasn’t answering you is because my name is not Kathy.” His response, “yeah, whatever, I need you to e-file this right now.” This happened after I had been at the firm for more than 10 years. Luckily they laid me off last November and I’ve never been happier. Try not to let the b*st*rds get you down.

  6. Cori April 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    You are making MANY laugh everyday with this blog- how is that for your job making a difference in the world!?! And this was not even a stretch! 🙂

  7. Mahlaqa Saeed April 16, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    sometimes its your silent departure that says it all. God knows i wanted to shout these words throughout the last year and half at my last job but i managed to hold on to my emotions and today i look back and just smile…infact ur blog makes me smile mostly.

  8. Alice April 16, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Well, shit, I had a great comment and it deleted it. Here’s the short version: We all have to work for a paycheck. There are lots of things you do outside of working for DBs that make an impact on others and the world at large… being a good friend, volunteering, recycling and working with animals. These people don’t define you.

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