American’s Professional Elite: Wealthy, Successful and Miserable

In this article on today, we’ll be discussing all the things people in the upper echelon in the industrial community face that can bring them down and start making them feel miserable in their jobs.

In America today, it has been technically confirmed that, although some of the people in the upper rung make enough money to go by, they are still quite miserable with their highly-paid jobs. Notwithstanding, they are still not genuinely happy, despite the fact that they have been able to achieve all-round success in their respective professions. This is because of the very high-pressure situations and trying circumstances which they have to go through in their respective jobs on a day-to-day basis.

What people usually expect after your time at school is that you get a good job. A ‘good job’ in this sense means a profession that is financially rewarding. You must have to be making millions by the time you reunite with your old school mates to discuss – discussions which usually center on family, work and whatnots.

The concept of ‘a good job’ is inherently complicated. ‘A good job’ should be both emotionally and financially rewarding. People usually forget that a job must produce great satisfaction. The satisfaction you derive from your jobs also goes a long way in building your overall life as an active human. It shouldn’t have to be about the money you get.

  • Income

The main reason why people in the upper echelon took their jobs in the first place was because of the six-figure income. They didn’t care if they were going to derive any added value from it. It was all about the money, nothing else!

Many of us even grew up with the popular opinion that, as long as you are making enough money to support yourself and family, nothing else should matter. Even our parents lived such a miserable life. Because of the financial value you derive from your position, you should be able to force yourself to enjoy it, and define yourself by it, whether you like it or not.

Yeah, it is all good to make money. In fact, it may even be the main reason that fuels the zeal to put in all your best so as to make sure you don’t disappoint your clients. However, your career can make you feel very miserable if you don’t love it, even with the six-figure.

Although, many people believe that the income they get is totally enough to cater for the added value they need in their jobs. After work, you have the money to enjoy life, go on vacations and make sure all your material needs are met heads on. However, for a number of reasons, people still find it difficult to achieve happiness with their disposable incomes.

That’s why it is important that the work one goes for is what you are passionate about. What you feel you will derive great pleasure from, which brings us to the next thing;

  • Job Satisfaction

According to a survey conducted recently, only about 45% of American workers say they have job satisfaction, with only 20% saying they are very passionate about their jobs. The remaining 55% of workers in the US believe their careers are completely unfulfilling, with 21% very eager to change profession.

Despite the fact that 55% of people who are very unhappy and miserable with their jobs make millions at the end of the month, they still have that feeling of deep dissatisfaction with their jobs. The common causes of this dissatisfaction may be the tediousness that comes with the job, missed promotions, professional disappointments, the unsteady work hours they have to experience and so on.

Most of the people who have satisfactory jobs also have one thing or another to complain about invariably.  Many of them usually complain about being underpaid. They also complain about the work schedule and the demand and undue stress that comes with the job. I had a friend who, at a point, had to resign from his workplace because he was not treated with the respect he felt he deserved, even though he loved his job greatly.

Job satisfaction has a great deal of importance in any profession. In fact, it determines the success or failure of any career.


Living a relatively ‘good life’ is good; having financial control, stability and flexibility with your work, 2 cars, big houses and other material needs. A good six-figure job should be able to get you all these. But, do you derive joy from it? I have friends who have high-paying jobs who complain about the tough competitions they have to face in their top professions.

They complain greatly to me how their jobs are too demanding, requiring them to leave their family and travel long distances to finalize a deal. This fact even contributes to the high divorce rates now in America. The way these jobs make them lose trust in their wives or husbands.

The question now is that, is it worth it? All the stress and unhappiness just for extra bucks. Happiness in your career makes you deliver great work and even increases your level of professionalism. Money also does this things, but at which costs? Isn’t it better to go for a more decent job that you love than one which only earns you that fat income?

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