You just "haven't lived" as an employee if you have yet to work for an asshole. I don't need to define how an asshole behaves when he's your boss. You've either had that type of boss......and you know exactly what I mean.....or you haven't. It's as easy as that.
So you now wonder why in the world you should work for an asshole? Pretty simple......it hardens you and teaches you how to deal with crap (pun intended!) This is essential to become good at what you do, work for a successful company or run your own. The current crop of employees out there who are under 30 may have never worked for a real asshole and they are suffering for it. They are "soft" and often delusional in their expectations of work. The touchy-feely environment out there of the past decade hasn't had the effects many expected. Sure, you now get fed and pampered at work but when everything goes to shit, employees cry......seriously, I've often seen a lot of crying when the response should of been problem solving. Having a boss who's shoulder you can cry on, catered lunches, the newest Macs and having a masseuse come in daily will not get you out of the hole when your largest client just fired you and you won't make payroll this month.
Now don't get me wrong. Assholes are just that.....assholes! They can make your life miserable and trust me, I've had my share of such experiences. Surprisingly though I feel like I've learned the most when working for such types. Coincidentally the biggest assholes I worked for were also quite brilliant executives. Somehow this goes together more often than not. Not only did they teach me a ton about the industry but they forced me to "suck it up" when I just basically wanted to bash their face in. For this, I am forever thankful.
You see, what most people don't realize about startups or founders is that it is a head game. Yes, luck too is involved but the best of the best have their own minds under control. Things go wrong so often that if you can't deal with crap, you will quickly be sorted out. Ultimately you want to be high up enough in the hierarchy to not have to work for assholes. If you don't move up or start your own business, the chances are far greater too that you will continue working for assholes. Train your mind and work the "suck it up" muscle by having a difficult boss or two at some point in your career. My only plea? When you do get to the top, remember all those bosses whose face you wanted to smash in. Don't be them!!!