Even the strongest workers can get despondent at the office. Take Clark Kent, aka Superman. Despite working at The Daily Planet since DC Comics began producing the Superman series in the 1940s, in the saga’s newest twist, Kent decides the time has come to move on. Disgruntled by the newspaper’s recent preference for celebrity culture over real news, the star reporter resigns and bids adieu to Metropolis’s biggest newspaper. So much for Jimmy Olsen and Perry White.
On his way out, Kent lambasts the deterioration of modern journalism, at least in his world: “I was taught to believe you could use words to change the course of rivers – that even the darkest secrets would fall under the harsh light of the sun…But facts have been replaced by opinions. Information has been replaced by entertainment. Reporters have become stenographers. I can’t be the only one who’s sick of what passes for news today.” In a modern twist, Kent will continue his journalism career online.
Kent leaves his job for moral reasons. Many people are discontent at work because they are disengaged, they don’t get along with a boss or colleague, they are exasperated by doing the same work day in, day out, or they are ready for a change. However, during an economic downturn, many employees are thankful just to have a job, even if it’s not the occupation of their dreams. And while no one should quit one job before securing another, if Clark Kent can find his inner self in a new gig, there’s hope also for those without a secret identity, steel muscles and a cape. If you feel ready to take the plunge, let these summaries help you fly:
Mere mortals have on average 25,000 days on this planet. How many days can you afford to waste in a position where you are unhappy? Up, up and away.