What the Heck is a Corporate Rat Anyway?


“It’s not natural; it’s not right. We weren’t made to be in the rat race. Not even rats were made to be in the rat race.” ~ Tal Ben-Shahar

Not too long ago, something funny happened as it often does when one makes an assumption. Someone challenged my assumption about what it is to be a Corporate Rat. He said that no one really understands what a Corporate Rat is.

That’s crazy, I thought. Everyone knows what a Corporate Rat is. So I went on a quest to find a definition. To my surprise, it’s not in the dictionary. And my online inquiries led me to a now defunct blog.

That got me to wondering – do people THINK they know what a Corporate Rat is or do they really not have a clue? Or worse, am I living in some sort of weird bubble?

To find out, I spent a couple of weeks asking my current and former corporate friends and associates the question, “What the heck is a Corporate Rat anyway?” And much to my relief…they knew…they ALL knew!

So if you haven’t got a clue, you probably aren’t a Corporate Rat. And if you DO know what one is, then you’ve come to the right place. And if you’re not sure, hang around. I think you’ll figure it out.


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