My first job was in a shopping mall.
This was back in the late 80s, when shopping malls were giant, out of control behemoths the size of city blocks.
It was busy work, but a fun way to spend my evening and weekends and make a little spending money. One day a customer was rude to me, so I was rude back. When the manager demanded I apologize, I told him to go to hell and I quit. I was very proud of myself that day. It was that feeling of independence and power that drove me to getting my HVAC certification. I came to realize, not after that shopping mall job, that if I learned a specialized set of skills, as with HVAC repair, then I could have total control over my work. I would not have to eat crow, or mince my words, because my HVAC skills would give me value. That took some work, but I was bound and determined to get my HVAC certification and start looking for a good job. I could be freelance, and just pick up whatever work I could find, or I could go to work for an HVAC contractor for guaranteed pay and benefits. One day I plan on being my own HVAC contractor, but I still need years of experience to get to that point. Even when I do work for another HVAc contractor, I am still essentially my own boss, and won’t have to take any jobs I don’t want to. That kind of freedom is important to me.