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A local radio station posed a question the day after Labor Day: What does a job mean to you? The radio program's hosts also asked what listeners would be willing to trade for job security. It was an interesting discussion. As someone who is self-employed, I look at things differently than people who have "W-2 jobs." For one thing, that second question seemed kind of ridiculous. In my experience there is no such thing as job security, yet people do pay a price to get a job that they think will be secure. I spent almost a decade in a job that I hated because it was a secure job and it had excellent benefits, the managers never fired anyone, and layoffs were almost unheard of. It was a horrible place to work. People took the jobs and more or less sat there until they were old enough to retire -- and they seemed to age quickly. The workplace seemed to be full of unhappy, angry people who did not want to be there. The question about what a job means is the easiest t...