Complaining about corporations, the government, the economy, etc. doesn't do anything for your personal situation.
Complaining is essentially a dependent victim mentality. Instead, it's better to take action and responsiblity for creating your results.
For example, I used to have a day job where the corporate culture and my boss's management practices were, shall we say, lacking. I was underpaid, felt undervalued, and found myself complaining about the situation a lot.
After being frustrated with my corporate day job--and worried that layoffs were imminent--I started my own consulting business in January 2007 while working full-time (and with 2 kids, so I didn't have a ton of time to devote to it). ??I gradually built up a list of a few dozen clients, so that I have a steady workload and income. I've got more flexibility and financial security than I ever had at any of my day jobs. (The financial security comes from having multiple clients who pay me, rather than relying on a single employer for my income). Since I started my consulting business, I've QUADRUPLED my former day-job salary.
It's truly been life-changing, and has completely changed my worldview; I'm no longer dependent on a single employer, and I continually see new business opportunities.
As a result of my daily actions to build my own business and make it succeed, I feel empowered and happier. I complain less, and when I find myself complaining, I try to refocus on how I can change the situation instead of just bellyaching about it. I'm modeling those behaviors for my kids as well, and teaching them about entrepreneurship and how it can lead to greater independence.
You can check out an interview I recently did where I talk about how I made the switch from employee to consultant, and where I talk about some of my initial fears and doubts--as well as actual income and hourly rate numbers.
Take advantage of your skills, experience, and vision, and create what you want.
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