The Four Horsemen of a Decent Job


From Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse painting by Viktor Vasnetsov United States public domain tag

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Conquest, War, Famine, and Death –  ride in on white, red, black, and pale horses, respectively. If your job is like most, it may seem like a modern-day incarnation of one of these belligerent road hogs brushes – or tramples – you every day.


It is so NOT FAIR…you did all the right stuff: Accelerated Reader, National Honor Society, stellar GPA, college clubs, unpaid internships, MBA…then you nailed the “right” job.


But you hate it.


What to do now? How can you make the next 80 years bearable?


First, consider the Big Four factors that make a job good or bad:

  • The Work

  • The Pay

  • The Location

  • The People


Second, see if you agree with this concept: you can be happy at any job where at least two of these four components are satisfactory.


What You Do All Day – If you love what you do, little else matters. Unfortunately, few really cool jobs exist. Or, more aptly put, few of us have a burning passion for the kinds of work that earn a regular salary, like accounting or renting cars at Enterprise. You might really love teaching kindergartners or fixing cars; if so, one down, one to go. But since your job probably involves running endless revisions the company Talent Database, the actual work you do probably isn’t going to be one of your top four.