Get ready for the onslaught of articles and parables about being grateful for things that really aren’t that great.

Yesterday my 7 year old admonished me to be thankful to have a job. Of course, I don’t. I have my own company because I got fed up with making other people rich and the abuse that can go along with that.

Gratitude is dangerous if it’s used as a pablum to make excuses for lousy employer behavior or to weaken our own boundaries.

Here’s a radical suggestion: instead of just treading water in this economy, make career progress by limiting gratitude to the maximum of day a per month.

The rest of the days accept the good with the bad, but don’t make excuses for being treated like a work machine or punching bag.

Copyright 2010 Michelle Randall. All rights reserved.

Author's Bio: 

Trusted advisor to business leaders worldwide, Michelle Randall, President of Enriching Leadership International, applies her "honed sixth sense for business" to create breakthrough results. Her executive coaching and business consulting clients include senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, business owners, high-raking political leaders and their teams. For more information: