I’ve been working since I was 14 years old, and legally since I was about 15. My first job was with my Dad, then later I worked at a grocery store as a stocker, a community college as a math tutor, a sales person at an office supply store, a sales person at a mobile phone store, a technician at a casino, a sailor and IT in the navy, receiving in a warehouse for Walmart, and my most recent job was working as a telecommunications project coordinator. I’ve done jobs from the most simple (stocking, nothing more) to being expected to take care of more than one person should be able to handle. I managed all of them with ease, mainly because I don’t let societal constructs bother me. I did, however, leave my most recent position because of a moral conflict: not to mention, them completely breaking workplace laws and safety regulations. Anyway, every job I’ve had has broken the rules. Surprisingly, the place that you’d imagine to be the most scuzzy (the casino) was one of the best work environments I’ve been in compared to the others. The best was probably the community college where I tutored other students to help them get better grades in college algebra.
Now, I think I’ve had a pretty diverse career experience – more than most my age, more than some in an entire lifetime. I’m not a creature of habit by any means. However, there is some insight I can bring based on the workplace and society in general that someone who has been at the same job for 5-10 years cannot give you. All of these workplaces run on the same “game”. In fact, the higher paying a job becomes, the less your qualifications and abilities matter. Sound crazy? It’s crazy, but I assure you it’s true. There may be some exceptions to this, but when I say higher paying I generally mean getting into supervisory and management positions, when you’re already familiar with the specific field in question. For example, you do need medical school to become a doctor, and I don’t think there’s really a way to get around that most basic qualifying factor. However, once you get the education required, it really doesn’t matter how good of a doctor you are to move up in your career. You just have to be a decent doctor, nothing more, maybe even a half-bad doctor, to move up in the ranks. Why is it? Because we’ve really been brainwashed and most people’s identity and reality are hinged solely on their egos.
Now, I’m sure the people who won’t appreciate this are the very people who hinge their entire identity on their professional titles, and really don’t know how else to define themselves as people. My last manager often referred to himself as God and Jesus, because he managed to swindle a CEO into seeing what he wanted them to see in our department, as opposed to his horrible judgement calls. He was successful, if you consider success being a con man and breaking just about every hostile work environment guideline known to every industry, ever. Now, does that make you uncomfortable? A lot of people would think it is absolutely wrong for me to speak poorly of my previous employer, and something like what I just said would make them feel so weary. If it does make you uncomfortable, then you are definitely career submissive. It’s more than likely that you have been conned into the biggest con of all, and that is that you have been told to submit or comply as almost a blackmail technique. Think about it, you’ve been constantly warned about stepping out of line or making a splash. We all have.
The more career submissive you are, and the more you hinge your identity on your professional title, the more likely you are to advance in your career. In fact, knowledge and expertise will get you only to a certain level, but it will never give you that breakthrough. A lot of companies will tell you that people get promoted because they understand the business so well. That’s not remotely true. If you believe that, then you’re just being conned. The truth is, management promotes people that support their delusions. Management is typically hand selected to be the most submissive and unquestioning follower. There’s a hack to breaking through in your career that you can start using today: reinforce your boss/manager’s delusions. This has nothing to do with having pride in the work you do, being committed to the workplace, or even knowing your job that well. Most executive leadership is the most clueless. In fact, executive leadership has been almost always obtained through this con-artist method. How many of the highest paid CEOs have degrees from an ivy league university? It’s above 70%, and it’s growing. Why? Because these are educations that are purchased. I guarantee you that anyone with enough money going to an ivy league college will pass – no matter how mentally incapable. What you see is a bunch of students getting an education from this supposed institution of the highest learning, and then going out and using that as a way to get a foothold (combined with the networking experience, of course). What happened? The student, or their families, submitted. They submitted and paid extraordinarily overpriced tuition for an education that is only talked up. Do you really think people who graduate from Harvard, Yale, or MIT are more intelligent than other people? They’re not! If you believe they are, then you’re a career submissive and you’ve been duped.
Now, you’re probably wondering how this ties into being a sociopath. It most certainly does. In fact, almost any person in a position of power you meet will have some sociopath tendencies. They have to play this “game” to get ahead, and even realizing the game exists isn’t something most people are willing to accept or admit. First, you’d have to be honest and admit to yourself that we live in a society that values conning people and rewards those who lie and deceive to get ahead. Well, if you can admit that, then you can see that our society rewards those who are most submissive and cater to psychopathic rulers.
Do you think our presidential candidates win the presidency based on their superior intelligence or sheer drive to do what’s best for society? I’m sure you’re laughing, because we all know how far from the truth that is. Presidents are placed, like all levels of management in corporations, based on their submission. The more submissive and catering someone is, the more likely they are to receive a promotion. A lot of people, at first, find this offensive. They get defensive and in and uproar because they are in management for having type “A” personalities. Most management has absolutely no clue about critical thinking, and if they did, they wouldn’t be in management to begin with. So, rethink the company structure…
Most/Extremely Submissive – CEO / President
Very Submissive – Executive Management / Vice Presidents
More Submissive – Mid to Low Level Management
Submissive – Most employees
If you refuse to submit to a companies culture, chances are you are going to be pushed out. If you call out your boss on an issue, 99.99% of the time they will respond with a retaliatory action. The fact is, the easier you are to control and use as a pawn – the more likely you are to move up, and quick. You’re not only submitting at work, though. You’re submitting to the illusion of the American Dream. You are selling out, dismissing your entire personality, to prove something: that you made it! Is that really something most people want? No. People are lied to. They are told that if they work hard and keep a level head, or if they’re better at their jobs, etc… they will receive promotions. People love to think this is why they are receiving promotions, because it exploits their inflated egos/insecurities. In fact, their skill, intelligence, whatever companies make up, etc… has the least to do with why they are being promoted. It’s more, they have perfected the art of being a lap dog and pleasing their master. The more submissive you are, the quicker you move up: and the more you abandon your morals and humanity, the quicker you can do whatever pleases your company/job.
That, friends, is how our society breeds submission and sociopaths so effectively.