We all want the promotion.
We all want the next level or title.
We all want recognition for our hard work.
We all want the bonus we deserve.
We all want a BlackBerry.
To do all this,
We put in the extra hours in the office.
We sacrifice our personal life.
We are constantly in touch via our BlackBerry.
We take courses we have no real interest in.
We play office politics (whether intentionally or subconsciously).
We don't like it,
When we are passed off for promotion.
When we are a victim of office politics.
When we don't get credit for our work or others get it.
When we don't get the rating that we deserve on our Performance Appraisal.
When we don't get the raise that we wanted.
What does all this mean? It means the rats in the Rat Race are unhappy or at least unsatisfied for one reason or another.
I think one way to be happier (not necessarily happy) is to work for yourself (i.e start your own business) or simply work for money (i.e. be an independent contractor/consultant).
The latter seems to be working for me, at least for the time being.
Happiness is a state of mind and being happy is really up to you.