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My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. -Abraham Lincoln

Always be smarter than the people who hire you. -Lena Horne

What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it. -Mark Twain

I love my job; it's the work I hate. -Everybody else

If you were to ask ten random adults what the most amount of dissatisfaction in their lives is caused by, nine of those adults would offer up their job as the main offender. Between irate customers, untrustworthy co-workers and supervisors who can never be pleased, too many people in the American workforce simply don’t stand a chance!

Earlier this week [Link Removed] how my own slew of bad jobs had affected me, and the feedback I received was amazing! I'm left to wonder how different life would be if we could all find a way to be happy in the daily grind.

And consider for a moment: Even if you yourself are not unhappy in your current job...     ...perhaps the person working next to you is.

With movies, it is truly a case of art imitating life when it comes to stories involving people dissatisfied with their jobs. From fast food to government assassin, no career choice is sacred. It’s often simply a matter of finding a way to deal with the day-to-day, or finding a way out.

Michael Clayton: New York corporate attorney Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is the firm’s fix-it man—when something or someone gets too messy, Clayton gets the call to clean up the situation. And what does he get for his troubles? A blown-up car and a gambling debt he can never pay off. He more than hates his job (and who could blame him?), but just when he’s ready to call it quits, he’s presented with the biggest challenge of his professional life.  Rated R

Fast Times At Ridgemont High: Brad (Judge Reinhold) Hamilton has got it all figured out. As a senior in high school, he’s going to dump his faithful girlfriend so that he can experience more of the world, and ride the wave as fast food manager for as long as it will carry him. Unfortunately, his girlfriend beats him to the punch and a run-in with a cranky customer completely changes his plans. Also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates. Rated R

To Sir With Love: Even for the most-seasoned of teachers, London’s East End high school would be considered a challenge. For Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier), an unemployed engineer, it proves to be the challenge of his life. The students are unruly and disrespectful and the other teachers are less than sympathetic to his plight. Mark is left with a decision: walk away and leave the kids to someone better suited to their needs, or dig deep and overcome his own fears of success. Rated PG

There Will Be Blood: Daniel Day Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, an early 20th century oil prospector whose only mission in life is to annihilate the competition at all costs. Even the job of his friend and partner proves to be a hard one when the man who is his friend and partner is killed doing his job. The man leaves behind a son, for whom Plainview becomes a father, and a competitor. Rated R

The Point of No Return: A drug-store robbery goes bad and the resulting police shoot-out kills all but one of the burglarizing junkies. The survivor (Bridget Fonda) is sentenced to death but refuses to go out alone. She leaves a trail of corpses behind her as she tries to avoid lethal injection, and gets kidnapped by the government, instead. It seems that her brutality and murderous instincts have caught the eyes of a secret agency of assassins, and she’s been pegged as their new protoge.  They promise her a brand new life, if she’ll only do what they need her to do. Her job description is simple: Kill or be killed. Rated R

*I totally made that up, but it sounds good, huh?

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