I Could Not Do It...

Jacksonville, Florida
March 28, 2013 9:31pm CST
The other day I rode in the taxi for the first time and as I was listening to the dispatcher I realized that is one job I could NOT handle! They are dealing with customers calling in, the drivers calling in over the radio, they have to know where the drivers are all the time, they have to know how to get the drivers places so they have to be good at giving directions, they have to know how much the fare will cost from one place to the other, etc... I was thinking to myself, I would be SO stressed out every single day if I ever worked as a dispatcher. The phone was ringing and ringing and the dispatcher was trying to help a driver as the phone would not stop ringing in her ear, it stressed me out and I wasn't the one doing it! No thank you! You don't often think about that job as being difficult but man, it would be a horrible job for me! I would not be that good under all of that pressure. I would be stressed and crying because of being so overwhelmed... Any job on your list that you just could not do...please share.
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@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
29 Mar 13
Yeah that would be very stressful I agree. I often think about how I couldn't be a nurse. It usually only takes two years to be an LPN and now that I have been thinking about going to college that career has came up a number of time. I just know that I couldn't handle the pressure of dealing with injuries coming right in the door of a hospital.
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• United States
29 Mar 13
I couldn't be a can driver. I wouldn't want to deal with drunks, and I also just don't like driving much at all. I get scared when I go out of my comfort zone.
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Mar 13
I could not do anything in the medical field either. I am way too emotional. I would not be able to handle watching people die right in front of me, just not that strong...
@jdalaqui (1074)
• Philippines
30 Mar 13
Same observation and feeling here :) Jobs on the road are difficult tasks. It requires stamina, presence of mind and intelligence. Maybe we cannot do it now because we are not there but if we want to survive, we can do what they are doing.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
Yeah some jobs are just not meant for certain people... I have a lot of jobs on my list that I just could not do.
@Hatley (130299)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Nov 15
@LovingMyBabies from the ti me I was six on I knew I had todo something that would help others and since my dad was a doctor and m y half sister a nurse it had to be working with sick people in h osp itals and i loved it but the last 23 years of m y work ing l ife I worked as a page in our library and loved it, wo rking in the p ublic was fun, helping people filnd books and media, and shelving m edia and the crew of people I worked with became my close friends.
• United States
29 Mar 13
I never thought about that job, but I know I could not be a taxi driver. I can't drive out of my comfort zone. I'm a bit agoraphobic, I think. I've never been diagnosed but I freak out when I get so far away from home. Another job I don't think I could do is to be a 911 operator. I am not good under that kind of pressure. I was a nurse for a lot if years. I worked OB, ER, Ned/Surg and newborn nursery. I did it all, including long term care. That is my element, but anything else I'm a fish out if water. I did work for an insurance company when I was in college in 2005. I helped them go paperless. So I had to enter all the details into the computer for them.
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Mar 13
Yeah I never thought of it either until I was in my husband's taxi, then I was like wow that job is tough! I would never drive a cab either but my husband LOVES doing it! =) 911 operator, your right that would be a really hard one too! I could not do anything in the medical field, I'm not that strong of a person. I am glad there are people like you who can do it. =) I loved being a Secretary and I love what I do now, my Childcare Business. =) Working with kids is my favorite thing!
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• United States
29 Mar 13
Your profession is a calling on your life LMB. I know you are a terrific wife and mother and it shines through with your child care business. I feel nursing was my calling. I was a good mom in some ways but I regret not being there more for my daughter. Work always had to come first because I was a single mom. You are there for your kids. You will never have regrets for not spending enough quality time with your children. I admire you greatly.
@jenny1015 (13398)
• Philippines
29 Mar 13
Hmmm.... I am sure that I won't want to work in the zoo! I don't want to be scooping out poop of all the animals! I have always learned to do multi-tasking in all the jobs that have been. I feel a lot better having to do things all at the same time, so that would mean lesser hours to stay with the job.
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Mar 13
That is true, I would not want to be a pooper scooper either! Lol. I have no problem multi tasking in an office setting, I was a secretary and had to do it. But it was not as busy and crazy as the dispatchers job is!
@jenny1015 (13398)
• Philippines
30 Mar 13
As a dispatcher, you really need to have the patience and very much wide awake or else you would be giving the wrong directions to the drivers.
@ARIES1973 (8747)
• Legaspi, Philippines
29 Mar 13
Although the difficulty of a certain job may vary depending on our skills and interest, yes some job are more difficult than other job around. As for me being a driver in a jeepney is one of the toughest job I could ever imagine. The driver would have to concentrate on his driving while receiving payments from the passengers, that would be difficult for me. Medical professions are also difficult and I think I can't do that is why I salute those on this field. Have a wonderful day!
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Mar 13
Yeah I definitely cannot handle a ton of pressure or stress. Medical professions are very tough too I'm sure, I could not be in those fields either.
@Porcospino (16489)
• Denmark
30 Mar 13
There are several jobs that I wouldn't be able to do, and taxi driver is one of them. I am not a good driver and my sense of direction is extremly bad (sometimes I even get lost in my own town if I don't carry a map ) I mostly eat vegeterian food and I don't think that I could work as a butcher. I love animals and a job where I had to perform experiments that involve animals would also be one of the jobs that I would definately avoid, I just couldn't do that. I don't like to be the center of attention and a job as a tv host would not be a dream job for me.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
There are tons that I could not do either. My husband loves being a taxi driver but that is not a job for me either. Lol. A butcher, no I could not do it. Just thinking about it turns my stomach. I could not do anything with cutting anything open either. And I am shy and don't like being center of attention so no TV host for me!
@doroffee (4235)
• Hungary
30 Mar 13
I could not do it, either. Anytime I'm in the taxi, I hear the dispatcher talk like every minute some expressions that I don't understand, people calling... I would be so confused. Not to talk about that my sense of orientation is even none-existent when it comes to my part of the district, let alone a whole city...
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
Yeah, they have a hard job! Harder than most people realize. I have a terrible sense of direction also so it would not work for me at all being a dispatcher.
@nicanorr (1796)
• Philippines
30 Mar 13
During my college dasys, I lived with an aunt in Boao. Catbalogan. Having reside in the place for nearly a decade, I knew residents thereof from eye to eye, including their means of livelihood. Most of the time the atmosphere there smells aleays fishy because 95% of them were involved in drying fish under the sun. Their income from drying fish was supplemented from earnings as kargador when launches and ships docked at the pier. At this point, I would like to recall the life of "Dory" one of the kargador or baggage man. Like his fellow kargadors, he would not show any sign of reluctance, laziness, pretense, etc. He never complained. He would be covered with dirt and slime from head down, especially when loading and unloading bags of cement, steel material, etc. Until this time my admiration still lingers with him. For me he was a mystery. He was really a puzzle to me. I asked myself why did he persist in such a very low and degrading class of labor: loading and unloading heavy things for others at very minimal fee when he was a college graduate, a degree holder.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
That does sound like a very tough job with little reward. That guy that your talking about was a special person to do it without complaining and working so hard. =) Working outside is hard, plus lifting heavy things makes it even more difficult.
@allknowing (41779)
• India
30 Mar 13
I would hate doing those 'conveyor belt' kind of jobs - doing the same thing over and over again, every single day. I like change and also something that needs thinking. I am grateful that I never had to do anything that was monotonous.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
Oh I did not even think about that job. Yeah, not only is it the same thing over and over but they have to be quick with it too! No thanks for me! Lol.
@bjc66bjc (6746)
• United States
30 Mar 13
hi loving I am probably with you...I think it takes a special person with a very special personality.some people are just build for certain jobs and some are not....Any outside job would be bad to me because its would be ok during the summer months but winter will come around,,thats not good for me...LOL
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
Yeah some jobs are much harder than others. I would not want to work outside either in crazy temperatures and rain or snow. No thank you!
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
29 Mar 13
There are lots under the sky I can't do especially hard men works. There's one specific job I hate to do. It is being a Teacher in school. I had a weak voice. But my patience is enough for those naughty students. All I can tell that I don't understand we with myself is " it's hard to be a teacher." I salute all teachers.. :)
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
I would LOVE to be a teacher! Lol, I work with children every day and I love my job. I have a Childcare Business and it's the best thing ever. =)
@laydee (12818)
• Philippines
29 Mar 13
Hi there. Remember that everything isn't easy when it's not our field. But I'm pretty sure they have training for that type of job. I guess the job that I don't think I'd ever be able to do is to be one of those sales agents trying to woo people to buy their product. I'm just not that thick-skinned, and I find that their job is not easy and I really hate being rejected. Have a great mylot experience ahead!
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
I knew someone would mention sales and I could not do that either! I am not a pushy kind of person so sales I would be terrible at. Plus I am shy and easily upset so not a good job for me. My husband would be a good sales person, he's not pushy but he is good at talking people into things. Especially something he believes in...
@mariaperalta (19226)
• Mexico
29 Mar 13
I have an ex sister in law, who had that kind of job in las vegas. Shed come home so stressed out at night. As drivers would blame her for every bad trip they had.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
I am sure it is worse in vegas! I could not do it that is for sure. Too stressful...
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
29 Mar 13
Thinking about it, I probably cannot become a good window washer. I like cleaning and keeping everything neat but if I have to go up high, I will probably die of fright. Dispatcher, I can handle. I can even be a call center agent if I have no choice. Have a nice day!
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
A window washer I could not do either! The height would scare me too. I am highly afraid of heights. That would not be a good job for me either. The dispatchers job is a lot like a call center agents job, busy and stressful!
@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
29 Mar 13
Yes the taxi driver job, looks so hard driving people around all day, earning their fare, I see taxi drive go pass my house all the time, and the only thing I hate about taken a taxi, is that the driver smokes some times, and another job that look hard is driving the public bus, picking up passenger all day every day, dropping them off, that job has really got to be a headache, dealing with some of these nasty customers, all day I don't see how they can do it, but if you want to earn you money you have to do it.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
Yeah driving a taxi or a bus would not be easy either. My husband loves driving the taxi but it is stressful at the same time. You also have to worry about other drivers stealing your trips when your driving a cab. My husband doesn't smoke, but some drivers do your right.
@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
29 Mar 13
Ironically a job suggestion was made to me only Monday, when a work colleague who I hadn't seen for 18 years was driving the bus I got on! They recommended driving a bus and told me the wage, although well paid, driving a bus is the last job I'd want to consider. Not that I don't love driving, I do, but having to deal with angry people demanding to know why the bus was late, or the one before was cancelled, or passengers who take their aggression out on you. The traffic, driving in rush hour and people refusing to pay their fare, and the radio on informing me of traffic roadworks and to curtail the bus if it's running late and... well it might be well paid but not for all that stress, no thank you!
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Mar 13
Oh a bus driver is something I definitely could NOT do either! Lol. Too much noise, angry passengers, yeah way too much stress. I don't blame you at all!
@alpha9180 (305)
• Malaysia
29 Mar 13
I had learnt how to do cycling, driving and I do well. However, I just could not learn to ride a motorcycle. I tried so many times and got myself hurt. I gave it a try again and again but yet I failed. In the end, I just have to give it up and surrender. Anyway, I am satisfied that I can drive now and it is far better than riding a bike under a hot sun or rain [em]happy[/.em].
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Mar 13
Well that's good that you learned how to drive! Not everyone can ride a motorcycle. I know I could never do that either... Lol.
@srisahara (4111)
• Indonesia
29 Mar 13
Yes, you are right, the job also make me stress because everyday handle tens drivers that have different problem with their passengers. I think all operator will experience this case, receive hundreds phone that ask everything, complaint or just want to speak with someone. Yes, I can do it. I cannot handle too many people who want my help. I prefer do with myself than give some service to other person.
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Mar 13
Yeah they have very stressful jobs, I could not handle it that is for sure.
@ElicBxn (59420)
• United States
29 Mar 13
Lets see... any job dealing with small children. Any job with sales. Any job dealing with the public. Any job where I'm on my feet (I hurt my feet about 25 years ago and they have never recovered.) I'm sure there are lots more... but most of those are because I lack the skills like programing or certain kinds of programs.
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Mar 13
Yeah I have a whole list too, there are tons of tough jobs in the world! Childcare and being a secretary are the only jobs I'm good at...
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@Hatley (130299)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Nov 15
How about the 9 11 dispatchers as i was offered a job there and i f ailed their test as i was not fast eno ugh no I cou ld handle angry patients, scared patients, grateful patients but not the urgency and u nrelenting p hone calls of 911 no way I admire them for the way they handle all those calls of emegencies. I would not be able to keep up.