Originally Posted by Jasper07734
Military recruits are generally not sent to the front lines the day they enlist. They at least go through basic training. Think of it that way: Think of this "menial work" as actuarial basic training. As you move up in the ranks, pass exams, etc., you will then move on to "more interesting" work, and maybe even a leadership role with "menial workers" under you. The early years are a proving ground; this is a time to be patient and do good work and outgrow the entitlement and other poor attitudes that hold you back, so you can demonstrate to your superiors one day that you're ready for "better" work.
Maybe some work environments are genuinely defective. But being defective yourself won't help you discern that properly.
I've actually had the opposite problem in the past; being sent to the front lines with little or no training. Not surprisingly, I died.
I think much of Lao's problem stemmed from the fact that he wasn't given proper training. That is a defective work environment and I hope he avoids it in the future.