New Book Offers a Get-Out-Of-Jail Card for the Corporate Prison

With the state of the economy as it is, the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the corporate corruption of recent years, I don’t think anyone will be surprised by Jodi Hudak’s comparison of a corporation to a prison, and anyone who has worked in corporate America probably knows what it feels like to be a prisoner at work-trapped in a job you hate, or with coworkers you dislike because they mistreat others and back stab, yet you cannot leave because your livelihood is dependent upon that job.

In “Revealing the Truth Behind Corporate Prison Walls,” Jodi Hudak details how she began her career in corporate America with high expectations. She wanted to work hard and move up in a company, but she soon discovered that as hard as she worked, she couldn’t get ahead; promotions were not based on hard work, talent, or merits alone, but office politics, backstabbing, and one’s success in practicing the Seven Deadly Sins.

Hudak illustrates her points about corporate America with many of her personal work stories. I was not surprised by her stories, having escaped corporate America myself, but I did find that reading her book was a cathartic experience for me. It both comforted and alarmed me; it made me feel I was not the only person who had been in these situations, and it made me realize how much the corporate hierarchy is broken and controlled by greed, envy, and childish antics that result in bullying, dishonesty, and overall corruption. Part of the problem with corporate America may have to do with capitalism, but part of it also has to do with the basic ills of human nature. Hudak held strong to her ethics throughout her years in corporate prisons, but ultimately, she realized that rather than fighting or trying to fix what could not be fixed internally, at least not by her, she freed herself from the situation. Hudak makes it clear that if enough people will also seek their freedom from this system that no longer works for the majority of those involved, eventually the system will have no choice but to change.

In the book’s preface, Hudak discusses some of the frustration she experienced in the corporate world, frustration that will sound familiar to many readers, and why she knew she had to find a better way to support herself:

Despite my reputation and accomplishments, I have been squeezed out of multiple jobs. It has become impossible for me to survive the corruption and politics in the corporate world. I have found that too many people succumb to the corruption and politics, at least to some degree, even if only by turning away from it with a mob-like mentality. It is because I refuse to lose my integrity, chip away my character, or damage my dignity that I made the choice to break free from the corporate world where I had confined myself for far too long. As a result, I am able to look at myself in the mirror with self-respect. I refuse to give my power to the corporate leaders who feed their egos and cause destruction by cultivating corruption.

…I am astonished by the number of people who have also unknowingly shackled themselves to a specific way to earn an income-a way that blocks, and often is destroying, the pathway to their dreams. Until now, I was unaware of another way for someone like me to make a living. From what I can tell, it seems most people are in the same predicament.

Hudak’s solution to this predicament is starting a home-based business, being an entrepreneur, and being your own boss. Rather than making other people rich at the expense of their own happiness and sanity, enterprising people can establish themselves as business owners while providing greater job security for themselves and their families.

Hudak’s stories, centered on examples that illustrate the Seven Deadly Sins in corporate America, will make readers rethink their own job situations as they find their experiences mirrored in Hudak’s. This book does not offer all the answers to finding freedom, since different people will have different talents and preferences, but Hudak offers some basic first steps toward that goal that can be achieved with a little creative thinking and pre-planning. Leaving corporate America to be an entrepreneur can be frightening, but Hudak clarifies that you don’t have to quit your job tomorrow-you can work toward your goal and build your financial security and personal business until you are ready to leave your day job permanently.

“Revealing the Truth Behind Corporate Prison Walls” is organized into twenty short chapters that allow for quick reading and are accompanied by a series of questions that ask people to reflect on their past and current job situations and plan for the future. The questions are not difficult but provocative; they are questions everyone who is dissatisfied with his or her current employment situation will benefit from asking so he or she can start on the path to financial and career freedom.

As someone who once felt the same frustration in his day job that Hudak describes, and who spent considerable time working toward becoming self-employed, Hudak’s story fully resonated with me. I encourage people to read “Revealing the Truth Behind Corporate Prison Walls” and to take Hudak’s message to heart. A better option does exist beyond being a prisoner to a job that offers you no loyalty or stability. You can be free. Let Hudak help you move toward that goal. It can be scary, but trust me, it is better to make the move than to spend life in fear behind bars.

Occupy The Government With A Tea Party

Within the last 3 years following the 2008 economic collapse, we have seen extreme energies playing out in the political and socioeconomic field. The economical collapse of the financial district birthed the tea party, who rebelled against government bailouts and government in general. Following this was the Arab spring, where the lower classes of those who have not, stood up to challenge the status quo of the corrupt and oppressive governments. Now, we see a huge grass roots resurgence of yet another group who “occupy wall street” as well as other city’s and businesses, as they protest the corruption in Washington and wall street.

Through these extremely dynamic and stressful times, the political structure of the United States has become entrenched with never more polarized views separating each political party. The republican presidential race has begun with lackluster performance by each candidate as they all seem to represent the same old energies that contributed to this outrageous mess we find ourselves in. Congress has an approval rating of 11 percent, and rightly so. The middle class has been hammered the hardest of all, suffering flat wages for 10 years, while absorbing higher fuel and healthcare costs; with hundreds of thousands being demoted to living on food stamps.

In comparison to the millionaire and billionaires who have managed to increase income by 300 percent, and mega corporate CEO’s receiving billions of dollars in bonuses “each” as the businesses they ran into the ground in the 2000’s were bailed out by the government. This of course is the catalyst that was largely behind the new “occupy” protests that have sprang up in one form or another all over the country.

Throughout it all, we are all still Americans; we still go to work and we pay our bills the best we can. Even as divided as we are in these times, I believe we have lost site of the commonalities that most of us could agree upon. Somehow, it was lost that the original tea party protests, and the occupy wall street movements have as much as 80 percent in common with each other. Yet the political pundits who are paid by corporate funded think tanks, who’s money is filtered down through partisan organizations into their pockets, have masterfully divided the country by pitting one side against the other. The mega corporations and big money on wall street understand all to well that a country that is busy fighting its self, is too busy to notice the puppet master who is pulling the strings. Examples of the “nuts” in each crowed are magnified and used to further divide. Political radio and television hosts have simply one mission, and that is to spread as much vitriol and anger as possible.

I suggest we each take notice and reconsider what we do have in common; for if we could actually come together as a whole, rather than a divided parcel, we could create tremendous change. Let us review the obvious, that somehow becomes lost in all the debates and so called educational political shows.

The tea party and the occupy crowd each oppose the big corporate bailouts. Each oppose the huge subsides that are paid to rich corporations, and each feel that government is fundamentally broken, with ramp-id corruption. Even as the tea party is largely against taxes in concept, each agree that the current tax structure is unfair and unjust. The “Times” magazine just recently release a poll that 86 percent of all Americans believe the upper-classes should pay at least the same percentage as the middle class. While there are several more things each movement has in common, I think this alone creates a broad and reasonable foundation that could bring each movement together in unity. Already they are unified in concept and belief, but it is simply the manipulation of the media and the corporate sponsored pundits that create the illusion of separation. If each side could stand an arms length away for objectivity and see this most obvious reality, then the combination of this unity would instantly double the voice of “the people”.

This new merger could be called something like Occupy the Government with a tea party. Perhaps, down the road a bit each group may notice the commonality and advantage in uniting in a purposeful way. They will certainly have to notice this on their own, as the political pundits will never guide them into this direction; for if they did, they would soon be out of a job. Political pundits are not paid to create peace and harmony.

Of course in the future, as you and I overhear any political debate or conversation, it would be an excellent idea to simply interject this possibility into the mix. Perhaps if enough people come to this realization in mass, this unity of the people could actually transpire. We have already seen a wonderful spontaneous demonstrations of unity that brought together the tea party, and another, the occupy wall street crowd. Is it too outrageous to think that perhaps they might actually come together?

If millions of people came into the streets of Washington, and the capitals of states, protesting in unity for the reformation of Washington corruption, campaign reform, balanced taxes, congressional term limits and consequences for wall street shenanigans which robbed millions of Americans their retirements accounts; could you imagine the change we could create?