Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Offer


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if you received a lucrative job offer, but to do something you don't particularly enjoy?

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  1. That pretty much sums up my employment history. ~sigh~ Oh, well, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. :) And now I imagine someone becoming an unwilling but talented killer for hire. Hmmm... Be well!

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    1. Oooh... And that's what I like to see. Story ideas.

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  2. I would work it for several years, bank as much money as I could from it, and then quit it. I would look at it as a means to an end and think of that on my working days.

    betty

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  3. How much money and what exactly do I have to do?

    Work/life balance is important to me, I could make more money in a different job, but I choose to have a life outside of work.

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    1. I did not specify, so what does "lucrative" mean to you?

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  4. I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. Although frankly a job offer that's lucrative is a little far fetched.

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  5. I'm already working there...
    Kidding! I do enjoy it.

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  6. It depends on how much of my dignity is at stake. I mean some folks enjoy telling lies to others. When power goes to the head and you become the fallguy, you might wish you had stood up for yourself sooner instead of letting punks walk all over your face. Money compensates for pain but at what cost?

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  7. At this point in my life I wouldn't take it. Years ago, I just may have, depending on what the job entailed and if I felt I could endure it. Actually, I had a couple of jobs that really didn't pay and I had to endure them anyway.

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    1. Not fun to endure a job when it doesn't even pay well. Alas, I think that's the experience of a lot of us, at least at some point in our lives.

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  8. At this time in life being close to retirement I would take simple reason it would help my social security.

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  9. I had a job like that for SEVEN long years. It was emotionally taxing. I would not want to do that again.

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    1. I'm sorry. But knowing it's not worth the trouble is good information.

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  10. A good topic, Liz. Much debated, and I am sure many of us have had occasions to ponder over this.

    I won't take it up. (Unless, I am in such need of money, and there is simply no other option.)

    In fact, I have got better offers, moneywise. But I didn't take them up, because I have always felt that though money is indeed important, it's not the most important.

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    1. Good point. Of course, it depends on how much money one has in the first place. Lots of factors to consider, which is why everyone has a different take.

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  11. HAHA I started working about ten yrs old when I started cutting yards. I went from that to babysitting about 12 yrs old. So through the yrs I have had jobs that I would say were good and I might consider doing again. I have had jobs I hated or shall we say jobs i don't particularly enjoy! I am at a point in my life (okay, I will say it, at that age) where I refuse to work at a job I don't enjoy or like. I have the choice in my life now that makes it okay for me to be picky! So...what if, well the if is that I would not take it just cause it pays well, to me, being happy is better.By the way, I can still take a LOVE NOTE from your city in Calif. We know that we will not get all the states so we are working with cities....thanks

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    1. This one seems to be split. And I'll have to work on the love note for you.

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