Even people who are relatively happy at work go through periods when they hate their jobs-for days, weeks or even months at a time. Just read between the lines of the recent obituaries of CBS newsman Mike Wallace, who died on April 7 at the age of 93. As The New York Times reported, Wallace suffered a nervous breakdown when his documentary on deception by the American military about the strength of Vietnamese enemy troops prompted a $120 million libel suit against CBS filed by Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the commander of American troops in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968. Still, after the case settled in 1985, Wallace spent more than 20 more years at CBS.
Sure, you can quit when the going gets tough, but it's hard to do that gracefully. Seattle lawyer Wendy S. Goffe wrote eloquently about the subject in, "How To Quit Your Job Without Burning Your Bridges." Plus finding something better in today's tight job market can be a challenge. Thinking about self-employment? That too, has its ups and downs, as FORBES senior editor Deborah L. Jacobs describes in "How To Make Money Without A Job."