Someone’s gotta do it

People often look at certain jobs and think, “Well, someone’s gotta do it. Might as well be me.”

While it’s true that someone has to do it, it’s not true that it has to be you.

If you think about the economics of undesirable jobs, when no one wants to do it and the value to society stays constant, the price for the work goes up.

When the demand for the work goes up but the supply decreases, price increases. When the price increases, more people become interested in the work, then we return to an equilibrium.

That’s a complicated way of saying: once the price goes up, more people want to do the job. Thus, all your worry about someone having to do it was for naught, the world keeps spinning and you can go do something you actually care about. It’s great news for everyone involved.