Three types of jobs

Broadly speaking, there are three types of jobs:

  1. A job where your task is to do what someone else tells you to do.  These jobs are typically paid by the hour.  Many involve physical labor.  For doing this job, you are typically paid $.
  2. A job where your task is to figure out the right answer and implement it.  Scientists and engineers typically fall into this category, and these roles typically require significant mental labor.  For this type of job, you are typically paid $$.
  3. A job where there is no right answer, and it is your task to decide what to do anyway.  These are leadership roles that require significant emotional labor.  These jobs are where the real value is, and so for doing these jobs well you can be paid $$$$$.

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