Is An 8 Am To 5 Pm Job Really A Legit Road To Success?

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When we graduate from school, our ultimate aim is always to find a job. Government jobs are often the target. So that we can also go to work from 8 am to 5 pm each day, in most cases. 

The mindset most of us have is that a job is the only key to success. Hence, when one is not able to secure a job after school, or losses a job, then frustrations set in. This sometimes leads to depression and suicidal tendencies. 

However, statistics available show that only a small percentage of the working population is employed. 

In Ghana, more than half (67.9%) of the working-age population are in employment. Of this, only 20.3% are in paid employment. The majority of them (64.6%) are self-employed. The rest are domestic employees, casual workers, apprentices, amongst others. This is contained in the 2015 Labour Force Report, published by the Ghana Statistical Service. 

In the US, 62% of the billionaires are self-made. In 2016, there were 25 million Americans who were starting or already running their own business. With these interesting statistics, is an 8 am to 5 pm job really a legit road to success? 

The answer certainly is, no! Even for those who are employed, a lot of them have found themselves in a rat race and looking for an escape route. Below are some statistics that will shock you.

Shocking statistics about people in paid employment

  1. 85% Of People Hate Their Jobs

According to Gallup’s World Poll, many people in the world hate their job and especially their bosses. 

Only 15% of the world’s one billion full-time workers are engaged (involved) at work. It is significantly better in the U.S., at around 30% engaged, but this still means that roughly 70% of even the American workers aren’t engaged. 

There are many and varied reasons for this. For instance, if you don’t like the people you work with then it’s likely that you won’t enjoy the time you spend at work. Sometimes, we find ourselves doing any odd job just to pay our way. 

Commuting is one of the biggest reasons for people feeling unhappy in their job – even if they love the job itself. Overworking is another big issue.

  1. 54% Of People Worldwide Who Have A Job Fear They’ll Lose It

A new Ipsos survey, conducted on behalf of the World Economic Forum, shows that more than half (54%) of working adults fear for their jobs in the next 12 months. 

The survey of 12,000 employed adults from 27 countries finds that of the 54% who are concerned, 17% are “very concerned” and 37% “somewhat concerned” about losing their job.

Job-loss concern in the next year ranges from 75% in Russia, 73% in Spain, and 71% in Malaysia, to just 26% in Germany, 30% in Sweden, and 36% in the Netherlands and the United States. 

  1. Monday Morning Heart Attacks

Your risk of having a heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week. There are studies that indicate it could be as much as 20% higher. Cardiologists point to stress as a primary factor for heart attacks.

If you are unemployed and seeking a job, these statistics are not meant to scare you, but to let you know that an 8 am to 5 pm job provides very few people with the satisfaction and success they desire. And that there are other alternatives or pathways that one can explore to become successful in life. 

What Is Success?

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At this point, it is important for us to look at what success is. Success is very relative and subjective and mostly depends on the individual’s belief system and orientation. 

However, for this discussion let’s consider what is provided in Napoleon Hill’s book on Think and Grow Rich. He stated that “To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life and, above all, attain happiness.

“To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life and, above all, attain happiness.

– Napoleon Hill

Napoleon provides us three important aspects of success: peace of mind at what you do; ability to acquire the material needs of life; and attainment of happiness. Relating these success factors to the statistics provided earlier, will you say that most of the people involved at 8 am to 5 pm jobs are successful? You can not hate your job or fear losing it, and have peace of mind or be happy. Moreover, the acquisition of the material needs of life will certainly be a struggle.

It is equally important to note that success all achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea! 

It is said that more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the earth. Hence what you need to be successful is not a government job, but an idea. An idea, backed with initiative, faith, and the will to win has made millions of people achieve success. 

Most successful people have discovered, either consciously or unconsciously the difference between a job and work, which helped them.

Things the Super Successful and Rich Do

It is important to note the difference between job and work. We often use them interchangeably, but they are not the same. 

According to Myles Munroe, “Your work is not your job. Your job is what they pay you to do; your work is what you were born to do.” You can retire from your job, but not your work. Every individual is gifted with certain skills and talents. 

Our ability to recognize and utilize the unique skills and talents we possess is what will help us to overcome barriers and become a success. 

If I ask you the question, who are affluent in society? I know you can easily predict the answer. Most of the affluent in our societies are business owners, including self-employed professionals. 

Authors of The Millionaire Next Door Thomas Stanley and William Danko wrote that “Twenty percent of the affluent households in America are headed by retirees. Of the remaining 80 percent, more than two-thirds are headed by self-employed owners of businesses. They also indicated that “… self-employed people are four times more likely to be millionaires than those who work for others.” 

So in terms of wealth, which can enable you to acquire the luxuries of this life, is not to focus on what you are paid to do (job), but to discover and do what you were born to do (work). 

Example of Successful People Who Skipped or Navigated Their Way Out of a Job

Dr. Osei Kwame (Kwame Despite)


Recently, Enoch Kabange, the Founder of wrote and published the story of Kwame Despite: Behind the Success of a Ghanaian Business Tycoon. He indicated that Kwame Despite, after an attempt to seek greener pastures in Nigeria returned to Ghana with a chainsaw and a trident cassette player. 

Unfortunately for him, the chainsaw crushed by a falling tree on the first day of starting that business. Not allowing that to deter him he turned to his last remaining asset, his cassette player, and ventured into the cassette and tape-recording business. This became very successful. He later ventured into the radio industry and today he is the owner of many companies. 

My question to you is, what asset do you have? Get an idea to properly utilize that asset, and “let your asset sweat for you”.

Patrick Awuah Jr. 

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Patrick Awuah Jr. (born 1965) is a Ghanaian engineer, educator, and entrepreneur. Awuah established Ashesi University in 2002. He is a campaigner to raise the quality of higher education in Africa and has won several awards including a major global education award. 

Patrick Awuah left Ghana in the 1980s with “$50 in his pocket” to take up a scholarship in the US. But after a career with Microsoft, he returned to found Ashesi University College and has now won the Wise Prize, worth $500,000 (£380,000). In an interview with BBC News, Mr. Awuah said there was an “urgent need” to improve education in Africa.

In 2020, Ashesi was ranked among the world’s top 400 universities in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. This is a ranking based on the measurement of actions being taken by universities to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The university ranked highest in Ghana and ninth in Africa.

What is the “urgent need” you have identified in your community, district, region, or country? A solution to this can lead to wonderful breakthroughs and great success.

Colonel David Sanders

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Colonel Sanders was an American businessman, best known for founding fast-food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (also known as KFC). Sanders held a number of jobs in his early life, such as steam engine stoker, insurance salesman, and filling station operator.

He began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. During that time Sanders developed his “secret recipe” and his patented method of cooking chicken in a pressure fryer. 

Sanders recognized the potential of the restaurant franchising concept, and the first KFC franchise opened in South Salt Lake, Utah in 1952. When his original restaurant closed, he devoted himself full-time to franchising his fried chicken throughout the country. In 1964, then 73 years old, he sold the company to a group of investors led by John Y. Brown Jr. and Jack C. Massey for $2 million ($16.5 million today).

The question again is, what can you do? Identify and develop your skills and talents. Put them into good use. Brace yourself for the storm, and success will pursue you.


An 8 am to 5 pm job is good, but gives very few people the satisfaction and success they desire in life. Success involves doing something that you love. This rewards you with joy, peace of mind, and the material needs of life. 

There are numerous opportunities available to each of us to explore. There are problems begging for solutions. Assets, skills, and talents being underutilized. There are many people who have braced the storm and achieved success outside an 8 am to 5 pm job. This should serve to motivate us and to prove to people within our environment that an 8 am to 5 pm job is not a legit road to success.

5 Key Takeaways for the Reader from the Article 

1:  An 8 am to 5 pm job, although good, gives very few people the satisfaction and success they desire in life.

2: Success requires that you do something that you love. This rewards you with joy, peace of mind, and the material needs of life. 

3: Your work is not your job. Your job is what they pay you to do; your work is what you were born to do. 

4: You can retire from your job, but not your work.5:  Our ability to recognize and utilize the unique skills and talents we possess is what will help us to overcome barriers and become a success. 

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