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Why do we call tasks that are hard, unpleasant, a grunt, or a bitch, a challenge?

Asked by SQUEEKY2 (15506points) January 12th, 2014

Why must we sugar coat any hard or unpleasant task, by calling it a challenge?
As a trucker I enjoy an uneventful ,routine type day, leave the darn challenges for the young ones, how do you feel about them so called challenges?

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Pachy's avatar

“Challenge” puts a positive spin on a difficult situation, implying that there is a solution worth pursuing, perhaps even a pleasant one. Simply labeling the situation a problem is negative and can be self-defeating. It implies that a solution, if there is one, may be too difficult to find and may well be very unpleasant to pursue.

All we have to communicate with is words… why not keep them positive whenever possible?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I have had reality bite my ass so much, I prefer to deal with as it is,kinda had my fill of sugar coating it,because boss’s lose the fact that they are asking you to do a rather unpleasant task.by sugar coating it,they actually believe you want to do it.

dxs's avatar

It sounds a lot less like complaining by calling something a challenge.
Ahh yes, my job’s a challenge.
VS.
Ugh! Yes, my job’s a bitch!

SQUEEKY2's avatar

But I want ther Boss to know it was a freakin grunt and I did not look forward to it in any shape or form.

dxs's avatar

Well, I don’t know how far complaining will get you, but in that case, call it the worst you can.

LornaLove's avatar

I’m not sure, perhaps looking at it in a positive light gives us more energy?

josie's avatar

You either take on such a task or you walk away from it.
If you walk away from it, you can use all those negative terms.
If you take it, you might as well accept it as a challenge. Using those other terms will affect your performance and the outcome.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@josie So if we sugar coat it,we will keep a better upbeat attitude to do our masters bidding better?

josie's avatar

@SQUEEKY2

Nobody in the USA has a master, other than the Federal government.

I assume you are not including the Feds.

Outside of that, if you have a master, you have accepted that condition. So you have nothing to gripe about.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Sure as long as you don’t want to eat,have clothes or a roof over your head sure,if your boss says jump you say how high sir,if ya don’t your down the road,so to say we don’t have masters is kinda wrong if you want to afford the basics of life.

josie's avatar

@SQUEEKY2

Sounds like you have decided not to walk away from it.
Please see my first comment.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@josie not many can walk away from it, that’s why it’s called working for a living, I just refuse to sugar coat it, a bitchy job should be called just that, not a challenge. Thanks for your answers.
you serve your corporate masters well.

josie's avatar

@SQUEEKY2

I am self employed. Because I walked away from stuff I did not feel good about doing. Just sayin’.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@josie good for you,not many of us can,so feel for those of us that can’t.

josie's avatar

@SQUEEKY2

Respectfully, you are changing the subject. I feel all sorts of things. One of the reasons I changed direction in my life.
But…
Having to make tough life choices is not the same as being subjected to force or being a slave to a master.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@josie Good grief every working man is a form of a slave to a master,if you refuse your down the road,so you do his/her bidding to keep your job ,and your pay so you can keep food on the table and a roof over your head,your right you have to the right to refuse but then look for another job and in this day and age that aint easy.

josie's avatar

@SQUEEKY2
Never mind…
Good luck to you.

zenvelo's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 I don’t get that calling it a challenge is “sugarcoating it”. Calling it a Pain in the Ass, a grunt, a bitch, is just complaining. Complaining about something you can’t avoid is a waste of time, and unpleasant to be around. You can say it’s tough, or hard, or that it’s going to be a lot of effort. But calling it a grunt or a bitch is whining.

Berserker's avatar

Is a challenge still a challenge if you don’t want to take it? Probably, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s a bitch.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Necessary evil. Like scrubbing out your bathroom. You have to buck up & get it done. Jobs are the same for me.

rojo's avatar

Or, you could get married and have your wife scrub your bathroom for you. :) just sayin’

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