Responses: What Job Would You Invent For Yourself?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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More and more trailblazers and education experts are saying that the future of work will rely on entrepreneurship, rather than old-fashioned employment. Rather than applying for jobs, we’ll be making up our own jobs.

We want to know: If you could invent your own job out of thin air, what would it be?

Some of you are really using your imaginations with this one.

A listener from Texas writes:

I’d start an English language clarification reorganization. I'd help clear up a lot of confusion with our language spelling, grammar and definitions. For example, I'd change some spellings of words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently. Like read. And change all plural words to end with s to make things less confusing! Plural words like deer would be deers. Instead of mice it would be mouses.

listener from Texas writes:

I would travel all over the world in a simple fashion. Learning from each culture the skills for making the things we need to travel and survive such a journey, but also the ways that local people have with one another. Hopefully, I’d gain a true understanding of humanity as a whole.

listener in New York writes:

I guess I'd be a picker like the late, great Robert Loughlin, who found a real Salvador Dali painting in a New York City Salvation Army. I'd travel, shopping all along the way, and sell my finds for cash without having to have a store or anything. Just live, shop, die.

And a listener from California says:

My dream job would be to have endless supplies of money to give to worthy causes!


Some of you see rest and relaxation as the ultimate job.

listener from Wayne Michigan writes:

I always wanted to be a mattress tester so I could be paid for sleeping.

listener in Oregon says:

I’d be a beer taste tester.

And a listener in New Jersey writes:

My job would be to test resort locations and report on the optimum length of stay and food and drink to consume.


Some of you would use what you already have…but put a new spin on things…

listener in Portland, Oregon writes:

I would like to answer technical questions about automotive problems and repair like the Click and Clack brothers. I have been working in this industry for over 30 years and am knowledgeable as most of that time I have owned my own shop.

listener in Everett, Washington writes:

I have two sons that are black belts in Tae kwon doe and Aikido, a son who is an elite gymnast, and a daughter who is an early education teacher. I would like to own a multi-purpose complex where each could practice and teach their disciplines. Part of the grounds would include fruit bearing trees and a sizeable garden for vegetables and flowers, including a greenhouse and a canning and storage facility. My job? Watch it all happen.


Some of you would continue to do what you do now…but get paid for it!

listener from Texas writes:

I run an online support group for families of inmates. I'd like to make a sustainable living doing that.

And a listener from Norfolk, Virginia writes:

I feel like I should get paid for being a mom. Especially with my husband deployed, it's a 24/7 job and I have to pay some one else just to have a day off.


And some of you…the very lucky folks out there… are already working your dream jobs.

listener in Long Island writes:

I'm a small time landlord and in my mind it's near perfect job. Most of the time my tenants and I are very friendly and I can do small things for them that are mostly appreciated. I do think I am one of the nicest landlords out there and pays very well emotionally.

listener from Arizona says:

I am in the process of repurposing wood & metal into functional art like cabinets & tables, and selling them for enough to make a decent living & free my spirit.

listener in Connecticut writes:

The one I have now — I am a high school social studies teacher and have to (and love to) re-invent my job with each year, class, day, student, etc.


Is there a job you dream of doing? Are you doing it already? Share your story at 877-8-MY-TAKE.

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Mythili Rao

Comments [4]

David House from Oregon

Interesting story which-- as the author of The Complete Biogas Handbook, naturally caught my ear.

I might mention a few things. First the engineer and the Atlanta listener were actually talking about two significantly different (even if seemingly very similar) technologies. Biogas is created by an ANaerobic process-- composting WITHOUT oxygen-- and that process produces a burnable gas but no heat. What is commonly called composting is an AEROBIC process-- composting where plenty of oxygen is present-- and that process produces lots of heat... but no biogas. The engineer was talking about composting (aerobic) toilets, which use the heat generated to make sure the resulting "stuff" is safe for use in agriculture because the bad boy bacteria have been killed. By contrast, anaerobic composting treatment-- the biogas process-- DOES NOT kill most pathogens, so the "stuff" that comes out of it should not be used for agriculture.

The second thing is that putting human waste into a biogas digester-- the container that keeps organic material wet, warm, and away from oxygen-- will not result in a lot of biogas. The waste from one person, as a general rule, will only produce one cubic foot of biogas. The amount of energy in one cubic foot of biogas is about the same as the amount of energy that any of us produces as heat while sitting quietly for an hour. Hard to fry a burger with only that much energy, and the stuff that comes out of the digester can be classified as a biohazard.

Even so, in studies, biogas in villages has been shown: to improve health (biogas burns with a smokeless flame, whereas wood smoke kills almost 2 million people a year, according to WHO); to reduce deforestation; to improve gender equality; and to increase discretionary time (one or two members of a family will otherwise have to spend as many as 6 hours a day to gather firewood). The sum of all that is that biogas can have an important place in reducing the worst effects of poverty, and can be a catalyst for reducing suffering for families and regions.

So, while composting toilets are a great idea, and biogas has a very important place in villages and farms to take lots of organic matter and produce quantities of biogas, the two are not the same.

David House

Apr. 03 2013 01:49 PM
Allan Campbell from New Zealand

I agree with your Texas listener, especially regarding upgrading spelling. Our dysfunctional spelling is a major barrier for children to overcome when learning to read and rite (sic).

Apr. 02 2013 05:36 PM
Allan Campbell from New Zealand

I agree with your Texas listener, especially regarding upgrading spelling. Our dysfunctional spelling is a major barrier for children to overcome when learning to read and rite (sic).

Apr. 02 2013 05:32 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I'm good for about a hundred one liner comments a day, so if I could get seven bucks a comment, I'd be set

Apr. 02 2013 10:35 AM

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