A friend recently turned me on to a site that pokes fun at the cheesy “inspirational” posters that hang in offices. You know, the ones that aim to boost morale, cultivate hard workers, and create a team. Yeah, those ones. To give you a heads up for what to expect, the slogan of the site, Despair.com, is “increasing success by lowering expectations.” Ha…hahaha.
Here are some of the best demotivational posters.
Adversity – that which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.
Cluelessness – there are no stupid questions but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
Compromise – let’s agree to respect each others views, no matter how wrong yours may be.
Defeat – For ever winner there are dozens of losers. Odds are you’re one of them.
Pretension – the downside of being better than everyone else is that people tend to assume you’re pretentious.
There are dozens more demotivational posters and they are more funny with the images that go along with them. (Like the one for Potential that has a picture of French fries and the slogan “Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up.”)
Despair.com sells these slogans on mugs, and as small framed pictures or laptop skins. They even have demotivational candy hearts for Valentine’s day!
UPDATE: Reader Jeannette was not pleased with these slogans.
I think this is an antithesis to Bargain Babe, as it takes work to watch your finances. How stupid this is, to devote time and energy to negativity.
But reader N. Davis says:
Thereï¿½s nothing wrong with a little sarcasm to poke fun at how ridiculous the work environment can be. Iï¿½ve been a fan of despair.com for years and always keep a few items around the office (whether theyï¿½re out on display or tucked away depends on the people Iï¿½m working with). When I have a bad day their ï¿½demotivationalï¿½ sayings are always able to make me laugh and help diffuse my anger and frustration a little, which is a good thing!
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