Happy Labor Day – Two Songs About Two Types of Co-Workers

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Almost 6 years ago I got tired of back stabbers, kiss asses and everything else that makes jobs suck!  I hated the boss that only cared about the people that would kiss his butt and even worse, watching lazy people get promoted above people that could actually do their job.  Instead of sitting down and bitching about it like most people, I got up and quit.  It was as easy as that.  To be honest, it was extremely terrifying but insanely rewarding.  The thing I couldn’t stand most was being stabbed in the back, having people take credit for the work I was doing and the people above me thanking them for everything I did.  That is why for Labor Day I wanted to wish everyone who has these people in their lives a nice and relaxing day off.

I struggled a few times over the first few years worrying about paying rent, other agencies and “friends” trying to steal clients (you learn fast who you can and cannot trust) and sometimes how I was going to keep my sanity.  That’s one of the reasons I started this blog.  What I learned is that I would never give up on anything, I learned that if you are good at what you do you can survive and do it for yourself and that I would never want any of my employees to have to deal with the insane people that try to climb the corporate ladder.  Now that I have a couple of people who work for me, I can give them the job I would have killed for and loved and I hope they enjoy it.  For those of you who are stuck in the word world, remember, if you work hard, stay late every day and really kick ass, you can move ahead (I was a VP by the time I hit 25 or 26) and even when people try and stab you in the back, don’t go for revenge.  Instead, let them fall on their face.  It’s ok to forgive, but don’t give them your trust without them really earning it and remember, the first chance they get they will stab you again and never think twice about it.  Here are two broadway songs that I think anyone who has dealt with these people or are one can relate to.

OMG You Guys from Legally Blond the Musical

OMG You Guys from Legally Blond the Musical is about Elle getting ready to get engaged.  We all know she is about to get dumped, but instead of moping and pouting, she gets back on top and gets ready to kick some ass.  Instead of sleeping with a professor, stabbing the girl who is engaged to her boyfriend or even being a b*tch, she works hard, studies and goes for it.  She doesn’t hurt anyone, she has a positive attitude and she makes it in the end…not to mention falls in love.  Elle reminds me of the person who works hard and continues to fight, even when everyone else is against her.  She is that hard working person that never gives up and makes it in the real world.  I have never met anyone that had the drive, wasn’t lazy and couldn’t make it.  That’s why I love Elle and the song OMG You Guys from Legally Blond the Musical.

Killer Instinct from Bring it On the Musical.

This showtune is about the exact opposite type of person.  The girl in this show idolized her neighbor Campbell and the minute she had her chance, she stabbed her in the back, took over her life, her boyfriend, her best friends, her school and her spot as the head cheerleader.  The entire showtune is about stabbing people in the back and not stopping until you get everything you want in life.  Unfortunately there are a million people out there like this and almost all of us know them.  I personally hate them and when I find someone like this, I instantly remove them from my life.  They are horrible people and usually the bosses and higher ups know about it, but they never do anything and this person wins.  You shouldn’t try to take revenge on them, but by doing what Elle or Campbell did which is work hard and move ahead, you can put these people in their places.  I never stabbed anyone in the back during my career and still moved ahead.  I had people against me at a lot of places and people who stabbed me in the back.  I let it get me down, but then I used the depression and anger to work even harder and move ahead of them.  It isn’t easy to do, but if you don’t let them get you down and you can kick butt at what you do, you can win in the end.  The people that Elle and Campbell had to deal with are horrible.  Unfortunately there are a ton of them out there.  Relax and have a great day off this Labor Day and when you get back to work, remember to not worry about stabbing them in the back, forget about revenge and focus on being better at your job and working your ass off so you can move ahead without being one of those people.